The Prodigy live at Wembley


Dizzee Rascal was the support act at The Prodigy’s Wembley Arena gig on Friday April 17. He took the opportunity to air his explosive forthcoming single ‘Bokers’, which is one of NME’s 10 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week – listen at NME.COM/theoffice. Pic: Tim Cochrane


Fans congregate for The Prodigy’s gig at London’s Wembley Arena, Friday April 17. It was a weekend of intense London gigging for the resurgent ravers. The following night they played a sold-out show at the O2 Academy Brixton. Pic: Tim Cochrane


T-shirts on sale in Wembley Arena’s foyer. The Prodigy are now set for a US tour throughout April, before returning to the UK for the Isle Of Wight and Download festivals, June 12-13. Pic: Tim Cochrane



Down the front at The Prodigy’s Wembley Arena gig. Tracks from the band’s recent ‘Invaders Must Die’ album were well-received, but – predictably – the most energetic crowd response was reserved for hits such as ‘Breathe’ and ‘Out Of Space’. Pic: Tim Cochrane


The Prodigy thrill a 12,500-strong crowd, made up of veteran ravers as well as teenagers. Now either in or approaching their forties, The Prodigy have come a long way since their days as tabloid scourges. At the height of their fame, after ‘Firestarter hit Number One in 1996, the Mail On Sunday thundered, “Ban this sick fire record”. Pic: Tim Cochrane


Throughout the gig the stage was illuminated by a blinding wall of neon red lights. One early highlight was new track ‘World On Fire’, which Keith Flint introduced with an environmental warning, telling the crowd: “The world is about to expire”. Pic: Tim Cochrane


The Prodigy’s Wembley Arena show capped a remarkable comeback: their fifth album ‘Invaders Must Die’ recently debuted at Number One in the UK charts. Previous album ‘Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned’, released in 2004, managed the same feat, but subsequently sold poorly, and generated no major hits. Pic: Tim Cochrane



Little-known Prodigy fact: new album track ‘Colours’ features backing vocals from Amanda Ghost, who co-wrote ‘You’re Beautiful’ with James Blunt. Pic: Tim Cochrane


Last February marked 18 years in the business for the band, nearly two decades since Liam Howlett released the 12” ‘What Evil Lurks’ and chose the band name after one of his favourite synthesisers. Pic: Tim Cochrane


The Prodigy rock Wembley. For more on the band including news, reviews and videos, head over to Pic: Tim Cochrane