Motion – 18 March 2017
Words and images: Harriet Stouraitis
Seven years after their outstanding success with Split the Atom (2010), NOISIA hit back with their album Outer Edges (2017) last summer. The Dutch mega-group have a reputation for pushing the boundaries with their sound and epic visuals, and their performance at Motion in Bristol did just that.
If you were in the crowd this gig I’m sure, like me, it’s something you will remember for a long time. Their show went on heavier and harder than ever with a bassline so dark I could feel the air around me vibrating and the floor jolting with every jump of the crowd.
With sounds from Nervous Horizon and Critical Sound, the line-up was stacked with talent from beginning to end. No surprise here as the venue has hosted the likes of Stanton Warriors, Andy C and DJ Premier. Motion is an outstanding venue with a dirty sound system, filled with the rave atmosphere only found in Bristol’s music scene.
The nightclub filled to capacity with eager ravers of all ages anticipating the arrival of Noisia on stage. As the lights dimmed in preparation for the show, a slow rhythmic clap spread across the whole venue and got faster as the trio took the stage. The crowd erupted and Noisia got down to business. They sported rhythmic flashing black hoods which illuminated to orange and blue in time with the music.
Their show went on heavier and harder than ever with a bassline so dark I could feel the air around me vibrating and the floor jolting with every jump of the crowd
The visuals spread across two screens that stretched the length of the stage. One hung above the back of the trio and the other lay in front creating the impression that they were part of the image. As always, the so appropriately named ‘kings of drum and bass’ created a multi-sensual experience for every person in the crowd.
As the show came to an end Noisia payed tribute to the group they take much inspiration from, The Prodigy, by covering their globally known hit ‘Smack My B*tch Up’. As expected, the surprise went down as a massive success as the crowd showed their appreciation with a thumping circle pit.
The night was fantastic experience, carrying on until the early hours of Sunday morning, with great sound, lighting and visuals and friendliest door staff I’ve met in a long while!
Noisia are definitely ones to put on your live acts bucket list. If you missed them, or want another go, be sure to catch them at Parklife this summer.