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March 21, 2023

Big beat pioneers Chemical Brothers close Summer Well with massive show

The Brits from The Chemical Brothers have closed the sixth edition of the ‘vacation’ festival – Summer Well – organized at the Stirbey domains, with a massive show of graphics, big beats and lights.

Thomas Owen Mostyn Rowlands and Edmund John Simons (Chemical Tom and Chemical Ed) took to the stage at the scheduled hour – 23.30. The public greeted the band in applause, and the first song to play was the famous “Hey Boy, Hey Girl”.

For an hour and a half, the two Brits, pioneers of big beat electronic music since 1989, thumped the several-thousand strong with heavy beats such as those featured on “Star Guitar”, “Go”, “Galvanize”, “Brothers gonna work it out”, while the lights played their own game and the graphics morphed from silhouettes of human, to those of animals, to stained glass and robots.

The Chemical Brothers concluded their show with “Block rockin’ beats,” after which they applauded the crowd and withdrew.

Formed in 1989, the EDM group has a track record of five albums that topped the charts in Britain, with 13 singles in the Top 20, two of which stopped only at the top-most position. The duo won numerous prizes in their career, among them the Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album twice, while in 2000 they took home the Brit Award for Best Dance Act.

The warm-up for The Chemical Brothers was provided by another set of Brits – Years & Years, at their first visit to Romania.

Their setlist included “See me now”, “Take shelter”, “Desire”, “King” – the latter being the British band’s biggest hit.

“It’s the best festival we played at. (…) You’re fabulous,” said frontman Olly Alexander to the public, kneeling at the end of the set towards them.

The second day of Summer Well was opened by Haelos with a fragment from a speech by Martin Luther King.

The setlist of the British band included hits such as “Separate lives” and “Dust”.

During the concert they also sent a message regarding the recent British referendum to exit the EU. “We want to be a part of EU. (…) We are all a big family,” said Arthur Delaney, the frontman.

Following them on the Summer Well stage were Blossoms and Milky Chance, who brought to the public two hours of indie pop, and reggae influenced folk, respectively.

On the first day at Summer Well, headliners were Hurts, playing alongside four other bands at their first visit to Romania – The Neighbourhood, Crystal Fighters, Borns and Sundara Karma.

Summer Well has reunited, for two days, on Saturday and Sunday, thousands of music fans, during an event resembling a musical picnic, where youths or families with young children could walk around, take part in unique activities and listen to their favorite bands. In the two days, the participants to the festival were offered, among others, an outdoor cinema, ziplines, live cooking, and art exhibitions.

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