Reviewer: Iain Sykes
YouTube is the new rock’n’roll, or so it would seem on the first ever tour of Dan and Phil, two guys who made their name via the medium of that particular website and now inspire the kind of audience reaction normally reserved only for the better looking breed of boybands. The Amazing Tour Is Not On Fire may not easily trip off the tongue but it’s a reference that means everything to their loyal legion of (mostly teenage) fans, many of whom turn up sporting the near obligatory cat whiskers on their face.
Entering the stage through a giant microwave in which Phil has apparently toasted his laptop, destroying the entire internet in the process and spilling the duo and the entire contents of the online world into real life, the live show proceeds to be a lively mix of set pieces familiar from their online activities alongside new routines worked out for this well planned, bright, colourful and brash stage show. To be fair, with their audience already primed, Dan and Phil need only stand on stage for an hour to encourage the near hysterical reception which greets them, so it’s a credit to them that they not only rest on their internet laurels but expand on them in an eighty minute show that proves compelling and fun for even non-ardent fans in the audience. And just in case the pace should be in danger of dropping, there is audience participation aplenty to keep everybody involved and the volumes high.
The audience for Dan and Phil’s show know the pair intimately well from the virtual world so, despite the pre-show plea for no spoilers to be released, anybody buying a ticket will know the basics of their chemistry and what to expect on the night. Add in the on-stage pyrotechnics, the sharp direction and effects and, not forgetting the immensely positive audience reaction and it’s a show that really is the cat whiskers. Is You Tube the new rock’n’roll? Well, two thousand screaming fans can’t be wrong.
Reviewed on 11th October 2015