By Aileen Lynn
After watching sweeping camera shots of adrenaline fuelled crowds, bouncing in perfect synchronisation at festivals across Europe last summer, to say we were excited to see Chase and Status at the brand new SSE Hydro was a gross understatement. We were REALLY excited to see them.
Dressed in tweed three piece suits and with slicked back hair, Saul Milton (Chase) and Will Kennard (Status) took to the stage along with hype man MC Rage to deliver a hugely energetic set which almost blew the roof off the newly built and still shiny SSE Hydro.
Kicking off with No Problem feat. Takura, the perfected stage set up including live drums, hypnotic visuals and the engaging yet instantly sweaty hype man, was all enough to cover the entire crowd in goose bumps. Although we’d seen a very similar set in festival coverage of Glastonbury, T in the Park and Reading and Leeds, it just didn’t matter. If we guessed the next song correctly it gave us all the more reason to scream and shout.
All the hits were present and correct: Flashing Lights, Count On Me, Time, Let You Go and End Credits with the majority of them performed by the original guest singers. During the encore, ( the very, very sweaty) hype man, MC Rage asked, ‘surely we’re ready for this now?‘ before the opening bars of the euphoric Blind Faith poured a mass of orange light into Glasgow’s hottest new venue.
Should Chase and Status return to the UK festivals in 2014 it is your duty to see them live. With our original plans to go home and watch X Factor on catch up thrown out the window with great force, we left the venue and danced the night away in a nearby club, still fuelled with an overwhelming amount of excitement and energy from what we’d just seen on stage and what we’d been longing to see live after rewinding festival coverage of these two very talented, very suave musicians.