I spent a great night at the Academy last night enveloped in waves of sound and light as Massive Attack took the stage. The Bristol collective drew material from across their 21-year catalogue and previewed a couple of new numbers from the much-delayed “LP5”.
Support act Martina Topley-Bird provided vocals on a beautiful version of Teardrop, which moved proceedings up a gear near the start of the set, and the combination of lights, video, polemic, walls of sound, chest-thumping bass and infectious rhythm kept the crowd engaged. Interestingly, things drifted a little when Damon Albarn made a guest appearance on a couple of songs from the upcoming EP, although this was partly due to mic problems.
The highlight was a reworked, tightly-wound delivery of the classic Safe From Harm, the crowd’s explosive roar at the conclusion confirming the power this band still has.
Good also to see a group of musicians who take notice of what’s going on in the world and are prepared to say something about it. A very good evening all round, especially as it was the first gig me and my wife have been to together since we had the kids.