It wasn’t clear what sort of set we were going to witness upon the drum and bass heavyweights’ return. As it turned out the double booking of Pendulum and Knife Party became a joint headline set of epic proportions. Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen gave the UMF crowd an invigorating 40 minutes of bone-shaking bass and electro cuts including variations on their own creations. Creeping into the mix were a few familiar Pendulum vocal lines from ‘Hold Your Colour’ and ‘Granite’ which teased onlookers for what was to come.
Knife Party closed their set by bringing out Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave) for their ID collaboration which will likely feature on Morello’s new project Atlas Underground. He then remained on stage to provide a somewhat unusual accompaniment to final track ‘Bonfire’ which didn’t work as well.
It was wonderful to see them on stage after all this time and to hear the likes of ‘Propane Nightmares’ and ‘Witchcraft’ being played live again.
A momentary pause for quick stage preparations and then it was time for the main talking point. Swire broke into the stirring vocal hook of ‘The Island’, Z-Tar in hand, and just like that the Anglo-Aussie five-piece were back. Well, four of them were; unfortunately, MC Verse was ill and couldn’t make it. This meant it was down to McGrillen to provide his limited range of crowd-rousing chants.
It was wonderful to see them on stage after all this time and to hear the likes of ‘Propane Nightmares’ and ‘Witchcraft’ being played live again. The mash-up of ‘Salt in the Wounds’ and ‘Slam’ was a particularly nice combination.
Deadmau5’s appearance for a live rendition of his track ‘Ghosts ‘N’ Stuff’ was another welcome guest appearance, this time from a man who had already completed two live sets over the weekend. Closing with Knife Party’s ‘Begin Again’ was a very fitting choice given the occasion and the band performance was stunning.
With their official website now active again with a home page teasing more to come it will be interesting to see what happens next after a successful reunion performance.
Watch the full sets of Knife Party/Pendulum Live @ Ultra Music Festival 2016