Gig Review + Photography by Jeremy Carron

The Chainsmokers are EDM DJ duo Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. Having released their debut album, ‘Memories… Do Not Open’, earlier last year, the duo have brought their tour to London for one night only, at Alexandra Palace!


Supporting The Chainsmokers tonight were Sigma, with a DJ set to get the night started. Playing a mix of drum and bass, electronic and dance tracks, they definitely got the crowd hyped up for the show to come. Complete with a Sigma flag being waved across the stage throughout the set, Sigma got the party off to a great start.


It was soon time for The Chainsmokers to take the stage! The DJ duo started their set on the decks, to the cheers of the crowd. It wasn’t long however, until Alexandra Palace was filled with the sound of silence, following some technical difficulties after their decks failed. “Sh*t happens!” exclaimed Alex Pall and after the brief disruption, the duo quickly recovered and the night was back on track, with no more problems.


The Chainsmokers spent most of the set behind the decks, playing a mix of their hits, along with old and new dance anthems. There was no telling what was coming up in the setlist, which included samples of Montell Jordan’s ‘This Is How We Do It’, Major Lazer’s ‘Pon De Floor’, Vengaboys’ ‘We Like to Party!’, MC Hammer’s ‘U Can’t Touch This’ and The Lion King’s ‘Circle of Life’, to name a few!


There were the occasional songs when Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart would step away from the decks and get behind an instrument. This was most notable during tracks like ‘Sick Boy’, one of The Chainsmokers’ darker tracks, where Alex performed on a grand piano. ‘Something Just Like This’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, featured Andrew on the electric guitar, while ‘Young’ had Andrew on vocals, as well as being on the acoustic guitar.


Joining Alex and Andrew on stage for the majority of the set, was drummer Matt McGuire, who may have had one of the most impressive moments of the set, when he performed a drum solo with flaming drum sticks! It looked incredible and was definitely the coolest looking drum solo I’ve seen at a gig!


The stage production for the show was really impressive. Complete with stunning animated backdrops on the screens, smoke and confetti cannons, as well as pyrotechnics throughout the show, The Chainsmokers were never in any danger of losing the audience’s attention!


The fans seemed happy when Chainsmokers performed their bigger hits, such as ‘Closer’ and ‘Paris’, though ‘#Selfie’ seemed to be the only major track missing from their setlist. One or two new tracks made an appearance during the show. A cover of The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’ was also performed, which went down really well with the crowd and had them singing along to the chorus.


It was soon time for the main set to come to a close with ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ and following a brief break, The Chainsmokers returned to the stage for their final encore song and new track, ‘Everybody Hates Me’, including one last round of pyrotechnics to close the show!


In what was probably a night of the greatest DJ party mix ever, The Chainsmokers left London ablaze and ready to see what 2018 has in store for the duo!


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