Following the release of their seventh studio album, No Tourists, The Prodigy have hit Australian shores ready to show us that, nearly 30 years since they first stormed the music scene, the British genre-bending act (who have been touted as “turning metal kids onto ravers, and ravers into metalheads”) still have it.
Opening up the show, ShockOne and Enschway mixed house music with contemporary rock and metal, with both of them throwing in some sneaky remixes. ShockOne threw in a remix of Pendulum’s 2010 classic “The Island”, while Enschway riffed through a veritable jukebox of rock staples – “Killing In The Name” mid-set, and remixes of “All The Small Things” and “Ride The Lightning” capping off a wild opening set.
Armed with just a small deck set up on a fold up table, the two openers looked somewhat out of place on the massive stage – a giant black curtain separating us from the grandiose production that our headliners were eager to unveil – but alas, they had enough energy to rouse the crowd regardless.
It’s been so long between drinks that The Prodigy indeed feel somewhat like tourists. Their last scheduled visit was the ill-fated 2016 Soundwave festival, leaving it feeling like a lifetime since we last saw these music revolutionaries in 2015. But as soon as they took to the stage, it felt like we were merely catching up with old friends. The Prodigy had finally come home – later is better than never, right?
They’ve been playing to packed arenas all around Australia on their No Tourists tour, and Sydney – the last stop on the run – was no different. While some of the seats remained empty, the floor was packed wall to wall with rave-junkies stoked for an excuse to pull their dancefloor-ready cargo pants out from the back of the closet. Tonight, Qudos Bank Arena was louder, hotter and sweatier than any other club in Sydney.
While the vocals were sometimes lost in a loud and muddy mix, the energy given off by the band was incredibly intense. While not part of the official Prodigy line up, the touring guitarist and drummer played like men possessed, while Liam Howlett played keys almost trancelike, seemingly unaware of the packed arena he stood before. As the entire room belted out the impossibly catchy “Omen” refrain, it became as clear as the writings on the wall – Australia still loves The Prodigy.
Catch our full gallery of photos from The Prodigy in Sydney after the jump!