It seems you aren’t a respectable globetrotting musical act these days unless you have a concert film. Over the last few years a huge number of artists have taken up the challenge including most famously U2 with their 3D IMAX film, and The Rolling Stones who teamed up with Martin Scorsese for Shine A Light.
Now world-renowned electronica act Chemical Brothers are jumping on the bandwagon and have revealed that not only have they made a concert film but they plan on a limited release in February 2012.
The concert featured in the film is the famous Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. Adam Smith, who is the act’s longtime visual collaborator responsible for some of the amazing visuals you see as part of a Chemical Brothers show, also directed the film.
In an interview with Spinner Smith said that the film “places cameras in the centre of the stage as well as at the very heart of the crowd to perfectly capture a fan’s eye view of the heightened emotional reactions of the audience seeing the band at their very best,” says director Adam Smith, the act’s long-term visuals collaborator.”
He continues “After 18 years of working on the Chemical Brothers live show we have finally captured it on film; you could almost say it’s 18 years in the making, he aim was to create a different type of concert film for a different type of show.”
“I wanted to capture what it is like to experience the show from right in the middle of the crowd as well as showing and combining the visuals featured in the show with the footage we captured on this one night; to see how the music and visuals emotionally affect and connect with the audience.”
The film has been specially made for the big screen and is being billed as the first-ever concert recorded in Dolby 7.1 surround sound. There’s a special advance screening being held at Event Cinema’s George St complex in Sydney on Thursday, 26 January 2012. Tickets to the event can be purchased here.
Watch the trailer for the film below, it looks freaking awesome.