- 02 Sep 18
The trio quite literally lit up the stage
In post-Kendrick EP hip-hop news, N.E.R.D played an hour-long set for an equally massive crowd.
The hip-hop/rock mutants put on a thrilling show at 10.30pm - 45 minutes after Dua Lipa, who frontrunner Pharrell Williams was sure to give a shout-out to.
Pharrell was also thrilled by the Irish crowd, chanting in his American accent, "Eye-yur-laaaand!"
Things took a political turn when Pharrell reflected, "this is a different country."
"You don't believe in division," he told the crowd, who cheered in agreement. "You don't believe in discrimination. You love your Irish brother and you love your Irish sister."
He asked the crowd to keep that energy. "Don't act like my administration," he yelled in reference to US President Donald Trump. He also implied that the separation of families at the US border wouldn't happen on Irish shores.
The band's set featured a furore of flashing lights, as well as cinematographic visuals. All the while, speakers blasted a mix of their newer and popular material through booming hip-hop beats and screaming guitars.
Both between and throughout songs, the band kept audience engagement a priority.