Rock band Primal Scream take to the stage at the Big Top

Rock band Primal Scream played to a full house at the Big Top in Limerick on Tuesday night.

The opening act were UK based Japanese noise rock band Bo Ningen. They played an energetic set to warm up the crowd. Their set was influenced by 70’s experimental and progressive rock acts such as Can and Faust, but also many other genres like metal and punk.

Guitarist Yuki Tsujii took the windmill move to the next level, swinging his guitar around at the end of their set. Meanwhile, bassist Taigen Kawabe jumped off the stage and onto the barrier playing his bass behind his back.


Primal Scream’s set was a mix of songs from their various albums, from 1991’s Screamadelica to their latest album Chaosmosis, which came out in March 2016.

Fan favourite and their most listened to song on Spotify, ‘Movin’ On Up’ was the first song played. Bobby Gillespie’s performance was very energetic and interactive with the crowd, who sang along to their biggest hits.

Some newer songs on the set list were ‘Feeling Like A Demon’, ‘Trippin’ On Your Love’, and ‘100% Or Nothing’. Their songs ‘Feeling Like A Demon’ and ‘100% Or Nothing’ combined both rock and electronic music. While ‘Trippin’ On Your Love’ is a new song, it brought listeners back to the early 90’s, when Madchester and Baggy music was at its most popular.

Harder, breakbeat heavy songs such as ‘Swastika Eyes’ and ‘Shoot Speed/Kill Light’ were also included, making this an eclectic show. True to the title, the songs were confrontational, aggressive, and energised the crowd on a cold night.

It would not have been a Primal Scream show without the Top 20 hit ‘Loaded’, the biggest highlight of the show. The song, a remix of an older song from 1989, ‘I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have’ was considered by Musik Magazine as the 90’s rave generation’s ‘Sympathy For The Devil’. Younger and older fans in the crowd united and sang along and danced to the acid house classic.

The main set list concluded with the 1994 hit ‘Rocks’, which was one of their highest charting hits, peaking at number seven in the charts.

The band arrived back on stage for an encore, appropriately concluding with the hit ‘Come Together’ from the 1991 Screamadelica album.

True to Peter Fonda’s lines from the film The Wild Angels sampled in ‘Loaded’, the crowd had a good time.

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