I recently attended one of several special gigs at the O2 Brixton by one of the hardest working people in the British music scene, Four Tet. It has to be said that I’ve rarely been to a gig that was as uplifting as this it was a uniquely intimate, shared experience. Fans wanting to see the show had to become a “verified fan” on Ticketmaster, and tickets were sold at the incredibly accessible £8 a piece.
The uniqueness of the gig came from a stage configuration I was not previously aware of, comprising of Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) in the middle, with the audience set around him. There was no light show or visuals (something he leaves for special occasions) and the gig had something akin to being sat with at home in his studio, the only lighting being provided by 2 angle poise desk lamps. The atmosphere in the concert hall felt nourishing, blissful even, as each track blended effortlessly with the next.
There was, however, an incident that took place towards the end of the set that, although it has to be said, was pretty minor, took me out of the moment and gave me some thinking to do about a problem that is facing every artist in the live circuit: that is the use of mobile phones at gigs. Hebden began to round off the show with the track “Morning Side” a sublime, radiant track totalling 20 minutes in length.We were about halfway through the track when an audience member standing side on to the front began filming on her phone.
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