2018.11.09 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales

Date: 9th November 2018
Event: The Prodigy Concert – No Tourists Tour
Venue: Motorpoint Arena
City: Cardiff
Country: Wales
Support: Blue Smartie, Ho99o9

1. Breathe
2. Resonate
3. Nasty
4. Omen
5. Champions Of London
6. Voodoo People
7. Run With The Wolves
8. The Day Is My Enemy
9. The Day Is My Enemy (Bad Company UK Remix)
10. Need Some1
11. Everybody In The Place
12. Firestarter
13. Roadblox
14. Light Up The Sky
15. No Good (Start The Dance)
16. Smack My Bitch Up
17. We Live Forever
18. Their Law
19. Take Me To The Hospital
20. Timebomb Zone
21. Out Of Space Outro

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Review by Alec Evans, http://www.buzzmag.co.uk:
Only hours after the seventh Prodigy album No Tourists has made it to the top of the UK charts, it’s clear from as early as their support act Ho99o9 that the Essex rave stalwarts have an excitement about them that any other over-25-year-old musical act would kill for. Ho99o9’s music is a combination of electronic beats, metal riffs, rapping and Michael Jackson Thriller laugh samples – ticking all the boxes for a support slot like this.
But The Prodigy experience transcends simply ticking boxes. Few would argue their reputation as one of the best live acts in electronic music, but anyone who does would have to be brave to take it up with vocalist/dancer Keith Flint, whose spiked hair and illuminated face continue to terrify and thrill in equal measures. It’s evident from an opening run of Breathe, Resonate, Nasty and Omen, the latter three songs all from the last decade, that the group are stepping up beyond even their live standards. It might be the Friday night feeling, the #1 album feeling or simply the ‘people-wanting-to-warm-themselves-after-the-biblical-downpour-outside’ feeling, but this is The Prodigy playing to an audience of converts as if they needed converting.
The lights, the full live band behind Liam Howlett’s synthesizers and the regular “all my people” shouts from vocalist-cum-hypeman Maxim are all present and correct, but tonight there’s something more – interesting setlist choices like No Good (Start The Dance) and takes on old favourites, at one moment incorporating the remix by their rave/rock nephews Pendulum into Voodoo People. The Prodigy are at the point as a live act where the challenge for any new album is to complement, rather than drastically shake up, the setlist. This is a test which No Tourists comfortably passes – Champions Of London and Light Up The Sky are songs you’d hope stay in the set, as the best songs from previous album The Day Is My Enemy continue to do.
In amongst all the chaos, there’s even a genuinely positive and unthreatening energy in the crowd – none of which you would necessarily expect from a group whose two biggest hits are basically about domestic abuse (Smack My Bitch Up) and arson (Firestarter). Maxim even looks out for the fans’ hydration by regularly throwing water bottles into the crowd. The Prodigy have always been known for smashing apart the idea of ‘musical tribes’, and their live show is testament to that – it’s as easy to imagine the big beats gaining approval from Chemical Brothers fans as much as the sit down/jump up section appealing to Slipknot fans.
Short of changing the London buses in their background setup to Arriva Buses Wales, it’s hard to imagine The Prodigy giving Cardiff much more of what they want. Sure, you basically know what you’re getting with a group so established, but it’s something of a surprise that what you’re getting from them is still quite this good.

Review by Jeff Oram, www.southwalesargus.co.uk:
The Prodigy first rose to international success in 1992, and have produced number one albums since, developing a big live following and crossing genres in their unique festival performances.
Now internationally touring with their latest number one album, the band played Cardiff on the British leg of their No Tourists tour.
As the arena started to fill up, with a sell-out crowd, Los Angeles hip hop punk rockers, Ho99o9, took the stage as support, thrashing out big beats,with heavy guitar and explosive punk vocals, they certainly revved the crowd and set the mood, with a hardcore fast energy performance.
The lights set down and the curtain to The Prodigy’s stage set was assisted at the bottom, by their own personal staff, due to the sheer weight and magnitude of the curtain.
This revealed a full No Tourists album cover purpose built stage set and there was a roar as the crowd went wild.
Guitarist, Rob Holiday, and drummer, Leo Crabtree, smiled and waved at the audience as they took their positions, closely followed by Keith, Maxim and Liam. The band wasted no time, smoothly moving into a beat filled melody of Breathe which had the crowd immediately bouncing and dancing, tossing their plastic pint holders in the air.
Liam’s hands raised between masterful hooks and break beats, with Keith and Maxim dancing around the large set, encouraging the crowd who loved their powerful stage presence and vocal performances.
Roaring, wild revellers applauded insanely, as they smoothly moved into Resonate and Nasty.
Following this with Omen, The Prodigy brought the rave to Cardiff; the arena felt more like a festival. There were people being helped over the front bar, slam dancing, some moshing and a crowd that jumped and sang along to decades of much loved tunes.
The set continued with an electric reception to Voodoo People and many other hits, including relentless energy from the band.
The fresh new Light Up The Sky really kept everyone grooving, singing, and dancing, followed up with the timeless No Good (Start The Dance).
There was also a massive encore of We Live For Ever, Their Law and Hospital.
This was an excellent show, sourcing from a wealth of nearly three decades of hits and albums.
As I left the show, a No Tourists tour hoodie wearing fan said it best: “There’s The Prodigy and there’s The Prodigy live; they never let me down.”




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