Die Antwoord: Albert Hall, Manchester – live photo review
Die Antwoord
The Albert Hall, Manchester
January 16th 2015

One of our photographers, Melanie Smith, caught Die Antwoord at Manchester’s Albert Hall last week where they stopped by while on their current world tour. Below you can find a full photo gallery from her, after a few words introducing them.

Eccentric rap-rave-hip-hop, South African cult band Die Antwoord (in English – The Answer) are on their worldwide tour, promoting their third full-length album, Donker Mag. Here they are stamping their mark on Manchester, with a sold out show at the Albert Hall, (which has recently been awarded the title “Manchester’s Best Music Venue” by CityLife Magazine).

The band are fronted by fearless rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser and DJ Hi-Tek. There is a slow build up to the band appearing on stage, with strange mystical music filtering round for the first ten minutes. A couple of water bottles are launched from those too impatient to wait. Tonight is a colourful, mixed crowd, who are all very excited. Screams emerge from the front row loud enough to shatter your eardrums even before the band kicks off.

Eventually at 9pm, they bounce on stage wearing orange tracksuits, with big hoods so we’re barely able to see faces beneath, just darkness. It’s a menacing mixture of bizarre tunes / lyrics, freakishly stylish, and formidable, with the kind of “fuck you” attitude, which Manchester loves!

Die Antwoord: Albert Hall, Manchester – live photo review

Die Antwoord: Albert Hall, Manchester – live photo review

Die Antwoord: Albert Hall, Manchester – live photo review

Die Antwoord: Albert Hall, Manchester – live photo review

 

Setlist:

  • Chanting Monks
  • DJ Hi-Tek Rulez
  • Fok Julle Naaiers
  • Wat kyk jy?
  • Rat Trap 666
  • Fatty Boom Boom
  • Girl I Want 2 Eat U
  • Ugly Boy
  • Raging Zef Boner
  • Rich Bitch
  • Cookie Thumper!
  • Acapella
  • Pitbull Terrier
  • Sex
  • $copie
  • Baby’s on Fire
  • I Fink U Freeky
  • Happy Go Sucky Fucky
  • Never Le Nkemise 2

Encore:

  • Enter the Ninja
Photo gallery:

You can find Die Antwoord online here: dieantwoord.com. They’re also on Facebook and they tweet as @DieAntwoord.

Words and photos by Melanie Smith – her portfolio can be found here: mudkissphotography.co.uk. Melanie can also be found on Twitter as @mudkissphotos.

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Live reviews editor and head of photography: I can't imagine my life without music or photography, both go hand in hand and have played a big part in my life. I have experienced many musical genres, northern soul in 1975, the early punk movement, drifting into the electronic 'new Romantic' era, a trip around the rock scene, a taste of indie and a smattering of pop. I possess an eclectic taste in music and a lust for life; new experiences are what drives this machine. I still have that punk DIY spirit and used this to create my own website Mudkiss Fanzine in 2008 - 2013. I am the official photographer for 'Louder Than Words' music literary festival and a house photographer for Academy Music Group. Available for commissioned work, please contact me mel@mudkissphotography.co.uk

1 COMMENT

  1. Die Antwoord played Glasgow’s O2 Academy last Wednesday. The show was originally booked for the 02 ABC but moved presumably due to demand for tickets. Great gigs should be outlawed in Glasgow on anything other than a Friday or Saturday night and Wednesday night was a stinking night to be out, sleet and strong winds made the journey from Ayrshire a bit of a challenge. Once inside the venue you wouldn’t have guessed it was a mid-week, mid-winter gig. The place was packed and the band were loved by the majority of the crowd. I can’t vouch for the set list but it looks much like the Manc set except Enter the Ninja was the encore. Die Antwoord were great from start to finish, effortlessly maintaining the tempo, energy and theatre and the that’s the best 20 quid I’m ever likely to spend in January. As an added personal bonus I managed to take my son to the gig, his first real show, and it was a belter so I hope his appreciation of live music started on Jan 14th 2015 with Die Antwoord.

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