There aren’t many British acts who’ve enjoyed a better 2011 than Chase & Status.
With their second album No More Idols set to go double platinum by the end of the year, the London dubstep duo brought their ferocious live show back to the capital for a night of hometown glory at London's O2 Brixton Academy.
After support act Labrinth shook the venue to its core with his huge new single Earthquake, Chase & Status stepped out on stage to a heroes welcome and MC Rage wasted no time in whipping the crowd into chaos during set opener No Problem.
As the masses got their breath back between tracks, raucous Rage earned a massive cheer when he announced: “We’ve played all over the world, but there’s nowhere as amazing as London and coming home.”
A Chase & Status show just wouldn’t be a Chase & Status show without a wealth of guests, but it was very much the usual suspects for fans who’d seen them live before.
Afro-haired young gun Mali belted out Let You Go, Liam Bailey took to the stage for Blind Faith and the delicious Delilah left the males drooling when she came out to sing Heartbeat and Time.
Unfortunately there was no surprise appearance from Plan B or Cee Lo Green, but Will and Saul saved the best until last by bringing out fellow Londoner Tinie Tempah to kick-off their explosive encore with Hitz.
You like your gigs loud, mad and wild? Nobody does it better than these boys.
By Ben Lowe