Venue: The Gallery, Ministry of Sound (London)
Date: 22nd February 2013
Nick Bracegirdle has been hypnotising listeners with beautiful melodies and whipping crowds into a frenzy with his Chicane alias for over 15 years now, and last Friday he shared with those of us lucky enough to be at the Ministry of Sound a bit more of his mischievous magic. Mixing 90s classics, hits from his more recent 2 albums, and his latest single before ending with a throw-back to the 80s, the set had plenty for everyone.
Chicane LIVE is different from most Dance acts in that it is never just Nick DJing behind the decks, but includes as much of the ‘live band’ element as possible. This means that for his UK performances at least, Nick performs with a live band such as at Creamfields festival in 2011:
Keyboards – Nick Bracegirdle
Drums – Simon Merry
Guitar – Simon Small
Vocals – Natasha Andrews
He has performed with a variety of other vocalists and musicians over the years, most recently Vigri, Kate Walsh and Aggi Dukes at the ‘Thousand Mile Stare’ album launch at Koko in Camden in 2012. Probably due to the requirement for an almost immediate change-over in between acts and the lack of space on the stage, for the performance at the Ministry of Sound, Nick produced and mixed all of the music with Natasha orchestrating the crowd and providing the female vocals as required.
The night’s entertainment had already started with a bang 90 minutes previously, as rising star Zak Moya aka VillaNaranjos warmed up the crowd with an uplifting set full of his melodic productions and remixes (review). At 1:30am, Nick took to the stage looking relaxed in a casual t-shirt and beanie hat. He kicked things off with a slow building mash-up of Eric Prydz – Niton and his club classic Offshore including the original 1997 vocals performed live by Natasha. I am reliably informed that the track is unofficially known as ‘Nightinshore’ in ‘Chicanesque’, the usually unseen language of the artist’s cue sheet.
There was a slight stumble going in to the next track as Nick got the playlist wrong and skipped to start playing track 3. With a good-humoured cheer from the crowd, proceedings were quickly back under way with Hiding All The Stars with Natasha again providing the live vocals.
The next 2 tracks were the instrumental Moogmonkey Remix of Going Deep and Poppiholla, which included elements of the Original and Disco Citizen Remixes. Both were well received by the crowd, and Nick clearly enjoyed himself bouncing around the stage, smiling and laughing.
The final track before Natasha returned was the newly released Christian Burns Vocal Version of the Chicane and Ferry Corsten monster collaboration One Thousand Suns. Swapping the distorted vocals of the Original for Christian’s pleasant male vocals may well be the small push that the track needs to take it’s popularity to the next level. It has already received airplay on multiple mainstream radio stations, and the cheerful, chirpy synths were even more effective on the Ministry’s legendary soundsystem.
Changing from the new back to the tried and tested, it was sing-a-long time with Saltwater before the slightly less well known From Where I Stand from his 2010 album Giants.
Probably the most popular track of the set was the slightly remixed version of Don’t Give Up. Including the original Bryan Adams vocals and familiar catchy melody, it was euphoric hands-in-the-air heaven. The pace then dropped briefly for the gentle opening vocals from Vigri on Three before the bubbly Poppiholla-esc pounding pianos stepped things up again.
The ‘final’ track of the night was Natasha’s best Tom Jones impression of Stoned In Love, but the final gem was saved for the encore: Chicane’s enthusiastic remix of the 1980’s Frankie Goes To Hollywood hit Relax. Cheerful, fun and highly accessible, it summed up the night perfectly.
Chicane handed over to Roger Shah who provided a strong live set full of his Balearic melodies, which increased with urgency and tempo as the night went on. Finally, veteran DJ and producer Mike Dierickx aka M.I.K.E (among his numerous aliases) closed the night with an impressive set of trance from his new album ‘World Citizen’ before ending with classics such as Strange World, Synaesthesia and Seven Days and One Week.
All in all, 4 very high standard performances and an incredibly enjoyable night out.
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- Chicane – Nightinshore (Eric Prydz – Niton / Offshore Mashup)
- Chicane – Hiding All the Stars
- Chicane – Going Deep (Moogmonkey Remix)
- Chicane – Poppiholla
- Chicane & Ferry Corsten – One Thousand Suns (Christian Burns Vocal Version)
- Chicane – Saltwater
- Chicane – From Where I Stand
- Chicane feat. Bryan Adams – Don’t Give Up (Live Remix)
- Chicane feat. Vigri – Three
- Chicane – Stoned In Love
Encore: Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax (Chicane Remix)
The Gallery, Ministry of Sound 22nd February
Be-At.TV Video Highlights
12:00 – 01:30: Zak Moya aka VillaNaranjos Live Set – www.be-at.tv/…/villanaranjos-live
01:30 – 03:00: Chicane Live Set – www.be-at.tv/…/chicane-live
03:00 – 04:30: Roger Shah Live Set – www.be-at.tv/…/roger-shah-live
04:30 – 06:00: M.I.K.E Live Set – www.be-at.tv/…/m-i-k-e-live
Chicane Facebook – facebook.com/chicanemusic
Chicane Twitter – @NickChicane
Chicane Website – chicanemusic.co.uk
Ministry of Sound Twitter – @ministryofsound
Ministry of Sound Website – www.ministryofsound.com
The Gallery Website – www.thegallery-club.co.uk