Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 31 January 2015

Electronic atmosphere as The Prodigy breathe fire

Prodigy lead singer Keith Flint
Prodigy lead singer Keith Flint

The Mountains of Mourne were still standing today after one of the biggest music nights of the year hit County Down.

Electronic punk/dance combo The Prodigy rolled into Newcastle for a special open air gig in the seaside town.

Thousands of young clubbers descended on the town to see their idols hit the stage during a six hour extravaganza of thumping beats.

The band are famous for their raw music and twisted lyrics with hit singles such as Breathe, Firestarter and Smack My Bitch Up, as well as their wild appearance and controversial videos.

Tickets for the gig at Donard Park were snapped up well in advance by eager fans, with local businesses expected to reap the benefits of so many visitors to the area. Last year, the concert’s organisers PLM Promotions brought another famous UK dance act to Portrush — The Chemical Brothers — and had hoped to organise a similar event in the resort this year.

But Coleraine Borough Council voted against it, paving the way for Down District Council to grant permission for the gig to take place in its area.

The decision to hold the concert in Newcastle had angered some locals, who feared that anti-social behaviour might result from so many young people being present.

But local SDLP councillor Carmel O’Boyle said: “I have been in favour of this concert coming to Newcastle from the beginning.

“The council have the support of the business people, the courts and the PSNI are quite happy that this event should take place.”

Since storming on to the British music scene in the early nineties, The Prodigy have become one of the world’s biggest dance acts.

Their fifth album, Invaders Must Die, was released earlier this year and crashed into the official UK chart at Number 1.

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