This Hot Chip article was written by Jen Taylor, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Gavin Wells
Hot Chip know how to throw a party, and the O2 Academy at Brixton was the perfect place to host such a celebration; its unique décor making it feel like something between an outdoor stadium, an intimate setting, and a set from Romeo and Juliet, equipped with balconies.
Shamir kicked off the party with a vibe that was decidedly 90’s. With only Drums and a Keyboard for musical backing, the group managed a massive sound. Twenty year old Shamir Bailey has a voice that makes people stop and listen, and his energy onstage is unbeatable. His show definitely pumped up the audience and put everyone in the right mood for what was to come.
Hot Chip were all dressed in white or black, with Alexis Taylor wearing what looked like a lab coat as he took to the centre of the stage, sharing his time between being stationed behind his Keyboard and standing out front singing directly to the audience.
Their show was very professional, perhaps at times even a little too rehearsed and lacking an element of magic, but this didn’t seem to bother any of the fans who seemed very impressed by the performance.
Their classic hit ‘Over and Over’ was a definite crowd favourite, made even better by confetti shot out of cannons at the front of the stage, raining down multi-coloured flecks over everyone. People were dancing around with reckless abandon and there was a definite festival vibe in the air.
‘Ready for the Floor’ was also a stand-out track of the night, further building the excitement and hype. The vibe in the audience was like no other; Hot Chip fans are particularly fun and happy people and the whole set seemed like a bonding experience for everyone in attendance.
As an eight-piece live, they created a big sound that brought their music to life. Even their slower songs had high energy, and when they pulled out ‘Boy from School’ in the encore, with a long building intro, the crowd went wild. The encore was well thought out, energising everyone with their dance song ‘Hold On’ that turned the venue into what felt like a club.
In a strange move, Hot Chip ended the night on the Bruce Springsteen song ‘Dancing in the Dark’ as more confetti was released over the crowd. People looked at each other in confusion at the song choice, but then happily sang along as it reached the chorus. It all ended with a bow, all eight members of the live band linking arms to the sound of appreciative roars from the crowd.
By the end of the night the floor was littered with plastic cups and the most dedicated fans made their way down the street to the Brixton Jamm for the official after-party where Hot Chip were DJ-ing. This was an unmissable experience, with a full band DJ set being a rare and special occurrence, and the intimate setting allowing everyone to feel closely connected with the night’s headline act as the set continued through to 4am.