Review: Bicep @ Printworks {23.11.18}

 

After playing some of the most revered festival stages including Coachella and Glastonbury, demand for Bicep’s live show resulted in the duo headlining three consecutive nights at Printworks this November.

Last year saw them release their debut self-titled album on Ninja Tune, which achieved that rare feat of a crossover dance album, which works as home listening as well as it does on the dance-floor.

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Printworks started life as a printing press but was converted in 2017 to a nightclub with a focus on electronic music and DJs. The scale of the venue is apparent as soon as you enter.

Bicep’s live show has always embraced the idea of immersion. Blurring the line between audience and performer, amplifying the rush of togetherness. The concept remained the same, scaled to fit the unique Printworks space.

Lasers ricocheted around the venue in hedonistic fashion. Bicep have once again delivered a live show for crowds to get lost in.

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The venue is full to bursting by the time the duo arrive onstage. Opening with ‘Orca’ the sound is crisp but the performance expansive, propelled by the vast soundsystem running across the length of the huge venue.

Things truly take off when the infectious opening of ‘Just’ rings out, and ‘Vale’ pushes the Friday night crowd to fever pitch.

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Printworks and Bicep are perfectly suited to each other. Returning for an encore, yes DJs do this as well as rockstars now – the huge hall is illuminated red for the iconic ‘Glue’.

Printworks have announced their biggest spring season for 2019. Further details will be released in the coming weeks.

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