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Nero, Southampton Guildhall
IT’S a difficult task for DJs – playing their music from behind the decks while at the same time trying to put on a proper, well-rounded show.
Deadmau5 is a master at it, as is Britain’s own Calvin Harris.
And, after this performance, Nero are not a million miles away from being held in similar regard.
After doing the rounds of the Southampton nightclub circuit Nero’s return to the city on Saturday was confirmation that they had hit the big time.
The dubstep duo, otherwise known as producers Dan Stephens and Joe Ray, brought their mainstream take on the genre to Southampton Guildhall.
And no-one in the crowd would deny they absolutely smashed it.
Taking to the stage with Doomsday the duo quickly set the tone for the night, laying down their catchy backing tracks and customary floorrumbling bass.
They quickly moved on to their chart hits and some stunning mixes, starting with Guilt, the third single from their debut album Welcome Reality.
This saw the first appearance of the night from regular collaborator Alana Watson, whose vocals were note-perfect throughout the 70-minute set.
A technically brilliant blend of Reaching Out, Promises and their take on Plan B hit, The Recluse, followed, as Nero began to flex their mixing muscles.
By now their infectious enthusiasm behind the decks had long been transmitted to the audience as they belted out Crush on You and Must Be the Feeling.
The stunning set was rounded off by the song that first catapulted Nero into the charts, Me and You, before a brief, yet bass-thumping encore featuring their remix of Calvin Harris’ Feel So Close.
And after Nero’s reverberating beats thoroughly put this building through its paces, Guildhall bosses might be well advised to draft in a structural engineer.
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