American DJ duo The Chainsmokers, Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, mix indie, dance and pop into record-breaking hits (we all remember ‘Closer’). Their London gig was fantastic, starting the concert with one of their greatest hits ‘Inside Out’, they went on to play many of their well-known songs, but also included some remixes of songs like, ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ by Kiss and ‘Sweet Nothing’ by Ben G.
Dj Nick Martin started the night off by playing typical house remixes to get everyone in the mood for the stars of the night. He played his new release ‘Shackles’ as the Roundhouse started to fill up. It is a great venue for dj sets, it has a large ground area with a standing capacity of 3,300 people and a seated area on the second level where I was seated. Even though you weren’t allowed to stand up on the second level, most people danced during the full performance and for a concert like this, it made more sense being downstairs where you could freely let yourself loose.
The Chainsmokers put on a great performance and never stopped dancing on stage. Both dj’s were extremely energetic and constantly interacting with the audience, making them jump and wave their hands. The mainly young audience screamed before every hit and sang to the lyrics of all the songs. The duo creates an incredible party atmosphere, filled with strobe lights, smoke machines and confetti. Many of their beat drops were timed perfectly with fireworks and fire columns shooting out of the stage. They had screens behind the stage where they played colourful videos to the rhythm of their songs and some lyric videos.
Midway through the concert, they played their latest single ‘Paris’ with the video clip playing in the background. Andrew Taggart started this song singing acapella. He sang parts of all the songs in which he is a lead vocalist, however, you could hear the recording of his voice in the background most of the time. They should have made it a clear when it was him singing on his own and over his recording.
Overall it was a fun energetic night, with a lot of dancing. The Chainsmokers chose a great venue for the concert and managed to keep the audience jumping until the end. They will be performing in the UK three more times; however, tickets are all sold out.
23rd February Manchester, Academy
24th February London, Roundhouse
25th February London, Roundhouse