Glastonbury’s triumphant 2019 edition brought a number of highlights, including Stormzy‘s history-making performance, styled to the nines with a custom vest designed by Banksy. Though, the landmark UK festival went on this year with palpable sadness in the air with The Prodigy‘s absence following the death of frontman Keith Flint. The legendary British dance group were scheduled for their fourth Glastonbury performance since 1995 prior to Flint’s passing. Instead, another venerated UK electronic outfit dedicated a moment of their highly anticipated Saturday night performance to the late Flint.
The Chemical Brothers, playing their 12th performance at Worthy Farm, closed their performance with hallmark hit “Block Rockin’ Beats,” behind them Flint’s iconic, toothy smile stamped on the LEDs, captioned, “In memory of Keith Flint 1969-2019.”
Following Flint’s shocking death, The Chemical Brothers spoke to NME about the beloved rave factotum, saying, “The Prodigy were always kind and supportive. They’d managed to make their band encapsulate that feeling that connected us to dance music; escape and abandonment. Keith embodied this spirit. What he represented was so indestructible and he was just this complete life force, but on the inside he was really hurting.”
Beats, a brand new movie reflecting on 1990s UK rave culture from Steven Soderbergh (Oceans Eleven) and Brian Welsh (Black Mirror), is due out in theaters on May 17. Being such a music-focused project, many wondered what rave classics might make it into the film. Classic ravers worry not—the official soundtrack to Beats has dropped, and is now available to stream in full.
Featuring iconic acts like The Prodigy, Orbital, and Inner City, the soundtrack takes the listener through the depths of house, acid, techno, breaks, and bass. However, the soundtrack does not shy away from more contemporary tracks, with Hudson Mohawke’s “Scud Books” making a high-profile appearance. Check out the film’s trailer and soundtrack below.
While it’s clear epochal electronic icon, Keith Flint died by hanging in his home this past March, Essex coroner, Caroline Beasley-Murray has this week reported that his death can not be adequately ruled a suicide.
Coroner’s officer speaking on Beasley-Murray’s behalf, Linda Calder held an inquest hearing Wednesday to present Beasley-Murray’s reasoning that Flint’s death could’ve been an accident or some sort of “larking around” gone terribly wrong.
“I’ve considered suicide,” read Calder from the report. “To record that, I would have to have found that, on the balance of probabilities, Mr. Flint formed the idea and took a deliberate action knowing it would result in his death. Having regard to all the circumstances I don’t find that there’s enough evidence for that.”
However, Beasley-Murray maintained in her findings that the evidence also prevents her from decisively ruling Flint’s death accidental in nature, though his toxicology report yielded levels of cocaine, alcohol, and codeine.
“We will never quite know what was going on in his mind on that date,” Beasley-Murray offered as an open-ended conclusion.
Keith Flint, 49, was found dead by a friend in his Essex home Mar 4 of this year. The initial coroner’s report suggested no cause for suspicion or foul play. Regardless of the inconclusive nature of the most recent coroner’s report, both Flint’s indelible footprint on the music industry at large and the poignancy of his passing are clear as ever.
Suicide crisis information: The number for the US’s National Suicide Prevention lifeline is 1-800-273-8255, and the UK’s Samaritans Helpline can be reached at 116 123. A list of worldwide prevention lines can be found here.
Just days after plans for Glastonbury Festival‘s ‘Keith Flint Appreciation Hour‘ were announced, Prodigy guitarist Gizz Butt has revealed that the tribute event will no longer be taking place in a series of now-deleted Facebook posts. Butt, who was set to DJ the hour with classic Prodigy tunes and some previously unreleased material, explained his reasons for the cancellation on Facebook over the weekend.
According to Butt, the cancellation is due to how the event was received by the press and those closest to Flint. He noted, “People are seeing it as an act of self promotion and I never wanted that.” Continuing in a second Facebook post, Butt doubles down on the positive intentions behind the set, now looking to create mental health awareness in a way that is respectful and sensitive to those grieving Flint’s passing. The posts have since been deleted, leaving the planned tribute in a place of uncertainty as Glastonbury inches closer.
After Keith Flint‘s passing in March, The Prodigy announced that they would be cancelling all upcoming performances. However, their presence will not be completely missing from the festivalsphere this year, as Glastonbury has just announced plans for a ‘Keith Flint Appreciation Hour’ set.
Led by Prodigy guitarist Gizz Butt, who noted that “it’ll be a tribute to Keith, the family, the band and all the loyal fans. But also, it goes out to anyone who may be suffering the same feelings that Keith had – that led to his untimely death.” Featuring a first listen to an unreleased Prodigy remix from 1996, the set will stand as a major step in the grievance of Keith Flint and mental health awareness in the electronic music community.
A member of one of the most beloved electronic acts of all time, The Prodigy‘s Keith Flint‘s recent unexpected passing the music world devastated. In an effort to bring some closure to fans and allow them to “pay their final respects & ‘raise the roof’ for Keef,” The Prodigy have announced that they will encourage fans to line the funeral procession before his private funeral service on March 29.
The service will take place in The Prodigy’s hometown of Braintree, Essex, where a statue of Flint has already been proposed. While the service is not open to the public, it will be broadcast over speakers to those on the procession route. With an outpouring of sympathy and support already pouring in from the global music community, the procession is set to be a celebration of the frontman’s life and career.
Fans are invited to line the procession route, starting at 3pm in Braintree, Essex on Fri 29th March, to pay their final respects & ‘raise the roof’ for Keef!
If anyone wishes to lay flowers or tributes these should be sent to St Mary’s church in Bocking, no later than 2pm Friday pic.twitter.com/cMTDv2jKi9
A petition has been launched to erect a statue of The Prodigy frontman and founding member Keith Flint in his hometown of Essex, England. Earlier this month, Flint was found dead in his home just a few short months before the group was about to embark on a North American tour. Fellow co-founder of The Prodigy, Liam Howlett confirmed that the 49-year-old vocalist took his own life.
Flint was a legendary figure in the electronic dance music scene, and The Prodigy is known for bringing underground British dance music into the mainstream, undoubtedly changing the course of the genre. Now, a petition for a statue to be erected was started by Saphya Gower, hosted on 38 Degrees.
“The plan will be when it reaches a monumental amount of signatures to present it to the council and see what they may be able to discuss/contribute. It’s early days yet obviously but hopefully the outcome will be the right one. My parents generation had the Beatles & The Rolling Stones. My generation had The Prodigy, Manchester has Oasis, Braintree has The Prodigy,” the petition reads.
The petition currently has 6,042 of the 7,000 signatures it is seeking.
Electronic music lost one of its pioneers on March 4 with the death of The Prodigy‘s Keith Flint. In the days since his passing, artists from around the world spanning all genres have shared how Flint inspired them and their music. Creatives from Jimmy Page to Skrillex shared their condolences and personal stories, showing how truly widespread The Prodigy’s influence has been in the decades since the group’s founding in 1989.
Elton John is one of the latest to share his feelings on Flint’s death, taking a few moments before the start of his Rocket Hour show on Apple Music‘s Beats 1 to recognize Flint’s talent. He also kicked off his show with the group’s iconic “Firestarter.”
“What a shame. What a seminal record, what a seminal group they are or were,” John said before launching into the track. “I don’t know if they’ll continue, but when I first heard that and saw the video I just thought, ‘wow, what is this?!’ Such a tragedy. My condolences to Keith’s family and the band. They are one of the most original groups to come out of England… ever.”
The Prodigy frontman and founding member Keith Flint passed away earlier this week, March 4, much to the shock of the global music community. Co-founder and fellow member Liam Howlett confirmed that the 49 year old vocalist took his own life. In the days leading up to his death, close friends remembered Flint as “positive and proud” and seemingly doing well.
Following the death of Flint, The Prodigy confirmed cancellation of all forthcoming shows “with immediate effect” on March 5 via Twitter. The band released their seventh studio album No Tourists in November 2018 and announced supporting tour dates including a North American tour as well as festival appearances. They were booked to play at this year at Glastonbury Festival where they previously made history as the first dance band to headline in 1997. Their U.S. tour would have been their first headline tour in 10 years.
The Prodigy brought underground British dance music to the masses and widely impacted the rave scene with their controversial and outlandish electronic style. Flint notoriously broke barriers with his punk demeanor and rebellious energy. Fans and artists alike took to social media to pay their tribute to the music star, a timely icon who inspired and gave countless individuals their first taste of dance music.
The Earth seemed to stand still for more than just the electronic music space on Monday, March 4 as news of The Prodigy‘s Keith Flint‘s death ripped through the music industry at large. From Skrillex, to Led Zeppelin‘s Jimmy Page, Cypress Hill to the Sex Pistol’s Johnny Rotten, music makers far and wide took to Twitter to express their grief and admiration for the fallen icon. Another electronic music monolith gone too soon, Flint’s legacy will live on.
I may not of had a career if it wasn’t for you Keith …you made me feel welcome in a time when I needed it . Thanks for all laughs my friend RIP pic.twitter.com/QCLPddIhPN
RIP Keith Flint. I damn near burned a hole through The Prodigy Experience in 92 when there wasn’t a lot of accessible dance music in Kentucky. It was a huge deal for me. I can’t overstate it. I’m very grateful to have had proof that this world I wanted so badly actually existed.
At the Q Awards years ago, when @NoelGallagher was saying he was leaving Ibiza because I’d moved there, and @DamonAlbarn refused to be in the same picture as me, and @PaulWellerHQ was saying he’d rather eat his own shit than work with me, Keith Flint came over, gave me a hug, and
I remember the first time I heard “Firestarter,” it’s rare that someone comes along and truly changes the direction music is flowing but very special when they do. The Prodigy did that. They were innovators & I am deeply sad to hear that Keith Flint is no longer with us. – Nick pic.twitter.com/vY26wunJyg
so sad to hear about Keith Flint,we played many gigs with the prodigy over the years and they were always friendly and supportive.he was an amazing front man, a true original and he will be missed.tom&ed x
Sad to wake up to the news that we lost Keith Flint, a true original.
The Prodigy have made a huge contribution to dance culture and electronic music around the world. Keith’s contribution as the band’s iconic front man was immense and he will be dearly missed R.I.P xx pic.twitter.com/1wB0PhN1Gd