Dance music pioneers The Prodigy are heading to Bangkok on August 11 at Bitec Bangna. We’ll be going and we’ve got 8 reasons why you probably should too.
8. You’re running out of chances to see them perform live
Lets not beat around the bush here. We’re all getting older but most of us haven’t put our bodies through the damage that a relentless tour schedule across 25 years will do. Sure they’re playing shows across the globe but this tour is support of their newest album “Invaders Must Die’ and it took them six years to put that together. The ravages of performing at 110% each night surely have to start taking their toll soon, which will inevitably translate to less touring.
It’s been a while since The Prodigy last graced Asia’s shores and even when they plan to, things don’t necessarily go to like they’re supposed to (see point 6). Don’t miss this shot, is what we’re saying. It could be one of your last chances.
7. They are dance music pioneers
One of the most notorious and aggressive electronic bands to ever achieve commercial success, The Prodigy have made use of various styles from rave, hardcore techno, electro industrial, jungle and breakbeat and inspired a new generation of electronic music.
They’ve paved the way towards commercial recognition for everyone from The Chemical Brothers to Pendulum and have been labelled “the premiere dance act for the alternative masses” and “the Godfathers of Rave.” For electronic music purists, this is the equivalent of seeing The Rolling Stones live, authentic right down to the fact that you’re catching them decades after they were at their peak.
6. They’re actually going to play
We don’t want to jinx things but there’s been a few false alarms when it comes to The Prodigy playing in Asia. The first occurrence happened earlier this year when Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) was unceremoniously denied their permit by the Singapore Licencing Division just days before the event, forcing Livescape to cancel the event and denying Singapore audiences the opportunity to catch The Prodigy.
A week later a serial conman managed to convince Ho Chi Minh based promoters Loud Minority that he was a representative from Livescape before disappearing with the ‘considerable’ deposit. It was devastating for fans but almost ruined the niche promotion company and it meant that in less than eight days Asian audiences had two opportunities to see The Prodigy stripped from them.
Well it sucks for Vietnam and Singapore but The Prodigy are well and truly well established promoter PMG are have confirmed that the event will indeed be going ahead and short of a natural disaster we can expect mayhem when The Prodigy descend on Bitec on August 11.
5. You basically know every one of their tracks already
“Firestarter”, “Smack my b***h up”, “Breathe”, “Voodoo People”, “Invaders Must Die”, “Omen”, “Warrior’s Dance”… It’s ridiculous how many amazing tracks The Prodigy are responsible for. These are the tracks that defined a generation of dance music and none of them sound anywhere near as good through your portable Bluetooth speaker as they do live.
4. There’s a host of Thailand’s hottest electronic talent on the roster.
With electronic pioneers like the Prodigy taking center stage it’s easy to get forget that there is a whole event featuring the cream of Thailand’s electronic talent. The Out of Dimension festival is also hosting Barbies, agent provocateur Gene Kasidit and electro popsters Kidnappers along with THE TRIPLE S – DJ Suharit, Spydamonkee, DJ Seed, Stylish Nonsense, DJ Pichy, MC Tul Apartment Khunpa,
Kingkong Zoo Studio, Superrzaaap Djs, Sunju Hargun, MELA’s Djs feat. Krit Morton & Kova O’ Sarin.
Get down early to support local electronic music in Bangkok and keep the scene vibrant.
3. The Prodigy effectively set the benchmark for how electronic music can be performed live
While modern EDM DJs are commanding hundreds of thousands of dollars per show and endorsing brands like Armani in underwear commercials, this wasn’t always the case.
The Prodigy exploded onto the scene in the early 90s when record companies had no idea how to present electronic music to the masses. The Essex based act made it a personal crusade to bring rave music to underground clubs and warehouses before taking over traditional mainstream concert venues.
Their explosive shows resonated with audiences immediately with Maxim and Keith Flint pacing the stage menacingly, snarling into the microphone and Liam Howlett delivering their trademark abrasive, hard edged beats. Fast forward 20 years and they’ve only refined with age, their venom more potent than ever.
2. It’s Asian audience’s first opportunity to hear material from their new album.
Their latest offering ‘The Day is My Enemy’ has received almost critical acclaim calling it “a return to form” and their finest work since the masterpiece ‘Fat of The Land.’ This will be be the first chance Asian audiences will have to hear tracks live from the album up close and personal.
1. They haven’t lost any of their rage
The Prodigy’s characteristically aggressive sound that set the scene for the big beat movement of the late 90s hasn’t lost any of its malice. Just listen to the brutal synth lines and pounding drums of ‘The Day is My Enemy’ during their performances in Sydney earlier this year to see just how much they’re still crushing it.
OD Festival feat. The Prodigy
Date: 11 August, 2015
Time: 5pm until midninght
Location: Bitec Bangna Bangok
Price: B2000/B3000 until July31, B2500/B3000 after
Tickets available through Thaiticket Major