Live: FLUME // O2 Academy Brixton, London
Celebrating Transgressive’s 15th Anniversary, Flume takes over O2 Academy Brixton for a sold-out show.
“Hi, This is Flume” stands tall on a projector screen above a white boilersuit-clad Harley Streten – AKA Flume – in front of his sold out Brixton O2 Academy crowd.
Cracking straight in to Helix and High Beams, the show is studded with gimmicks and guest appearances alike, with everyone from Vera Blue to Reo Cragun joining the Aussie DJ on stage.
Rolling through Never Be Like You, Spring and Friends, he tries his hand at angle grinding and light bending, filling the potential performance void that tends to come hand in hand with a DJ set. Continuing to blur the lines between art and music throughout the show, the 28 year old completely unnecessarily smashes a printer to pieces with a sledgehammer, before returning with an encore of the ever crowd-pleasing Chet Faker collab Drop the Game.
The show tonight is part of Transgressive’s 15th Anniversary celebrations, one of the artist’s many European dates before he heads back out to his native Australia for a string of shows.
The visuals impress, but the music lacks somewhat – he’s undeniably talented, but is the live show more of a public stunt than a performance? The crowd in Brixton tonight don’t seem to think so, as they awkwardly dance and sway to every last drop and hook.
Photos: Anna Smith