Klaxons and co inspire a rave revolution in London
Armies of glowstick-armed fans took over London’s Hammersmith Palais tonight (February 22) for the last date of the Shockwaves NME Awards Indie Rave Tour.
Headliners Klaxons took to the stage just before 10pm in raucous fashion, belting out hits from their debut album ‘Myths Of The Near Future’.
Kicking off the night with their cover of Nineties rave hit ‘The Bouncer’, Jamie Reynolds, clad in red shirt and neon yellow tie, thanked the crowds, declaring: “I’ll tell you once, I’ll tell you twice. This is the last day of the tour.” Other notable songs included ‘Totem On A Timeline’ and ‘Magick’. Massive chart hit ‘Golden Skans’ was dedicated “to everyone who has been nice to us”.
The evening was kick-started with New Young Pony Club who called all out war against the Rock tour, declaring “new times, new excitement”.
The Sunshine Underground quickly followed to choruses of “You are my sunshine” from the swelling crowds of gig-goers. Pointing his guitar into the audience, Craig Wellington asked “Are you ready to rave?”
New single ‘Borders’ roused the Palais, and hits ‘I Aint Losing Any Sleep’ and ‘Commercial Breakdown’ kicked off the night’s first bout of stage-surfing as the lights went neon purple.
Arriving with black cloaks over their heads, CSS brought eccentric originality to the evening, as they whipped off their disguises and dived straight into a electric rendition of ‘CSS Suxxx’, played over 2 Unlimited hit ‘No Limit’. Lead singer Lovefoxxx thanked NME as she covered herself in pink petals before announcing “It’s time to get mean.”
The band played a heat-fuelled set from their debut album ‘Cansei De Ser Sexy’, including tracks ‘Alala’, ‘Alcohol’ and breakthrough single ‘Lets Make Love And Listen To Death From Above’.
The last night of the tour was brought to a spectacular finish with a stage invasion encore that saw Klaxons, CSS, The Sunshine Underground and New Young Pony Club take to the stage together for a ensemble rendition of ‘Two Receivers’ and ‘It’s Not Over Yet’.
Meanwhile the corresponding Shockwaves NME Awards Indie Rock Tour concludes tomorrow (February 23) at Brixton Academy. Stay tuned to NME.COM for a full report.