Chase and Status headline Wireless Festival 2016
A review on Saturday’s headline performance
The Electronic dance duo Chase and Status took the stage at Finsbury Park on Saturday night at Wireless Festival 2016. After J Cole’s mellow performance sobered down the crowd Chase and Status didn’t fail to soon turn the field into a gigantic rave. It proved that even with alcohol out of your system, music is powerful enough to create madness.
Many Wireless fans were disappointed with this years line up according to Metro News as Chase and Status were not a big enough name to headline at the festival as compared to previous acts. But big name or not, the international kings of Drum and Bass to me sure did not disappoint. Their vibrant laser show, along with explosive dance music and fireworks to top it off uplifted the crowd and ended the night with a buzz.
Chase and Status, were formed in 2003 and have made endless amounts of hits such as ‘Blind Faith’ and ‘Time’ and have collaborated with names you may have heard of… like Rihanna, Plan B and Tinie Tempah. Their music is a mixture of Drum and Bass, Dubstep, Hip Hop and Breakbeat. The Brit Award nominees have played to the biggest crowds in the world and are no strangers to festivals after perfecting their set for a number of years.
The set began as the sun went down and continued into a light show as lasers, graphics and pyrotechnics lit up the night sky. The performance featured both producers Saul Mitton and Will Kennar, MC Rage and drummer Andy Gangadeen along with features from Novelist, Tempa T, George The Poet, Liam Bailey and Tom Grennan. They performed their hottest tracks from their albums More Than A lot (2008), No More Idols (2008), Brand New Machine (2013) as well as their new 2016 track ‘Spoken Word’ with George the Poet.
What amazed me the most was realising the amount of hits they had, which people may have forgotten and for me flashed back some memories. But most importantly Chase and Status brought a whole different spin to a festival which usually is dominated by Hip Hop music, their set removed the question as to what race dominates the crowd, instead it didn’t matter as everyone seemed involved. Their sound spans from Dubstep and Drum and Base through to Hip Hip and even hints of indian Bhangra while their heavy rock and punk influence in some songs suggested a sound similar to The Prodigy.
The set was also streamed live on their Facebook page which was quite magical, meaning people from across the world could also be a part of the party in London, so If weren’t in the crowd on Saturday night you still catch their performance there.
Article by Renu Chopra