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- Jurassic 5 »
Let’s be honest from the outset: I was slightly conned about last weekend’s gig. This particular DiSer is a dyed in the wool GUITAR-loving girl and, hand-on-heart, hadn’t heard a note of *Jurassic 5 *when asked to attend. However, being assured they were "like the Beastie Boys, only better", I thought I’d give it a whirl, having been known to throw some shapes to 'Sabotage' on occasions, and having, frankly, nothing better to do.
It was only on the tube down to Brixton when my date remarked,_ "I’m a bit nervous, going to a hip-hop gig in Brixton in the wake of all the shootings,"_ that doubts began to creep into my mind, being a weedy indie sort. But, as it turns out, they were completely unjustified. Far from being the gun-toting, beyatch-calling, booty-waggling sort of affair, this gig plays out like a piece of (musical) theatre, moreso even than The Rolling Stones' Bigger Bang Tour. Brilliant.
There is a sense of drama, choreography and props about Jurassic 5 that would be as camp as Westlife were it not being performed by hulking West Coasters, and it’s a revelation for one used to the angsty confines of indie._ “When I say Brixton, I want you guys to shout as loud as you can!”_ bellows Akil, and for the first time in my gig-going life, the audience does as commanded! All the way from the sweaty front to the still-down-with-it back, everyone single man, woman and member of Stereo MCs shouts as loud as they can. And it’s fantastic! To let yourself go and roar with wild abandon: Yes. There’s nowhere I’d rather be this Saturday night than B-R-I-X-T-O-N with Jurassic 5.
My date returns from a scramble to the bar to find me waving my hands in the air like I just don’t care during a sample that commands: "Hands in the air, fingers open, close". I'm a girl, converted. “You having a good time, then?” comes the question. I reply, with complete sincerity:_ “This is one of the most fun things I’ve seen this year.”_
“Thank you so much Brixton!” says Chali 2Na, looking genuinely pleased with the crowd's reaction. “Every time we come here you treat us like kings.” If this show is typical of their performances, it’s no surprise why they're so revered.