Pendulum + DJ Shockone – Brisbane [Live Review]

Review and Gallery: Luke Petty

Excitement reached maximum levels at the Riverstage on this clear aired Thursday evening. Pendulum’s live shows are a force to be reckoned with and Brisbane was poised to discover why. Their explosive fusion of drum and bass, rock, and electronica was tailor-made for the stage, pulsating with infectious energy.

Kicking off the evening, the scene was set by Western Australia’s DJ Shockone, who masterfully weaved Pendulum’s iconic backing tracks into a high-octane mix of absolute bangers, including a massive nod to the ProdigyShockone’s stage presence had the crowd on their feet, belting out lyrics in harmony, perfectly priming them for what lay ahead.

The crowd’s anticipation was reaching levels like no other. A chorus of “Pendulum” echoing in the air even before the band took center stage. When they finally emerged, the audience erupted into a deafening roar. Pendulum launched into their set with “Driver,” immediately igniting a collective sing-along and a full-blown dance party.

Pendulum’s setlist was an impressive mix of old and new songs, but the heart-pounding hardstyle drops were absolutely epic. The crowd went wild for tracks like “Come Alive,” “Propane Nightmares,” and “Watercolour.” However, a standout moment was when they dusted off “Encoder,” a live rarity for 13 years. The crowd went off at the first note, passionately singing along to every word.

The stage was a masterpiece of lighting and the backdrop showcased stunning visuals synchronizing perfectly with the music. Guitarist Peredur Ap Gwynedd’s spotlight trick wowed the crowd, and even the youngest fans with their light-up shoes and glasses were captivated, waving their lights and cheering.

Hit after hit, the energy never waned. The bass drops were felt through the whole venue, with “Showdown” and “Witchcraft” leaving the crowd breathless. As Pendulum concluded their set with “Tarantula,” the crowd’s clamor for more was unrelenting. Returning to thunderous applause, they unleashed the “ABC News theme remix” and brought the night to an epic close with “Watercolour.”

Pendulum’s live performance was not just a show but an experience, characterized by energy, an electrified crowd, and extraordinary music. If you ever have the opportunity to witness Pendulum live, it is an absolute must-see.

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