hmv.com reviews... Chase & Status @ Lovebox Festival
Across the weekend, hmv.com will be down at Lovebox Festival in Hackney's Victoria Park to review all the top artists, day one draws to a close with headliners Chase & Status, let's see how they got on...
Chase & Status, Will Kennard and Saul Milton, once drum & bass circuit veterans, now arena filling dance stars. Still touring their 2013 record Brand New Machine (which you can hear on the right hand side of the page).
Lovebox Festival, on the main stage, headlining day one.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was, the whole weekend is sold out. It seemed like everyone united to watch Chase & Status. The crowd were up front for it from the first flash of lights, with hands constantly in the air. When it was time to skank, they skanked, and when it was time to go batshit, oh, they went batshit...
So what was the set like? What did they play?
This was a proper career spanning set, with every big hit, every fan favourite and every club banger included. Kicking off with 'Gun Metal Grey', they kept the energy close to boiling point by dropping the likes of 'No Problem' and 'Flashing Lights' early on. Things slowed down a little for their run through 'End Credits', which saw vocalist Plan B appearing on a huge screen behind the band, but soon ramped up again.
The duo brought out plenty of guest vocalists too, rapper Kano came out to do 'Against All Odds', Liam Bailey came on to guide the crowd through 'Blind Faith', Moko appeared to do 'Count On Me' and Jacob Banks bounded on to perform 'Alive'.
Kennard and Milton offered up a little more from their debut album More Than Alot than they usually do, dropping in thumpers like 'Take Me Away' and 'Eastern Jam'. It was a great set.
Any good between song banter?
More like lots of mid-song banter, Rage, Chase & Status's onstage MC, challenged the crowd constantly, demanding more and more, he got it too.
Did they put on much of a show?
There were no stops left unpulled with this show. The duo brought a pulsating light show, a stunning video screen and neon lasers, it's fair to say they put on a show..
What was the highlight of the set?
There were loads, 'Blind Faith' sounded colossal, 'Take Me Away' got everybody moving, but the biggest reaction was reserved for 'Pieces'.
Where can I catch them next?
They've got a truckload of DJ sets coming up as well as a few live dates, including shows at Boardmasters down in Newquay and the Great North Run...
hmv.com will be reviewing Lovebox Festival throughout the weekend, check back for reviews of the likes of Jess Glynne, The Horrors, BANKS and M.I.A.