I made the remark at the time but I really owe him, and indeed The Prodigy, a lot. They were the first band I ever saw live, with their set at Leeds Festival in 2009 genuinely igniting the spark that set me on a path of raving, clubbing and attending gigs.
But it’s not just the first; it’s one of the best too. I can actually remember being stood there among this immense crowd with my mind getting absolutely blown.
It’s a moment I’ll never forget.
It’s an understatement to say but Keith has fans the world over, including a number of his peers. And this weekend, they’re all coming together to pay homage to the frontman by holding a rave in his honour.
I’m sure it’s what he would have wanted.
The Cause nightclub in Tottenham, North London will host the party which will feature guests who shared line-ups with The Prodigy, according to The Sun.
And the best thing about it? All proceeds will be going to mental health charities.
The profits will be split between charities Mind in Haringey and CALM, with organisers commenting:
“Mental health affects us all and raising awareness of this was one of they key factors in establishing The Cause.
“As such we are throwing a celebration of the music Keith and The Prodigy inspired, inviting down friends and those who shared line-ups and who’s records were played at events during their rise to fame.
“100% of ALL profits, tickets AND bar revenue will go to charity. 50% to Mind in Haringey and 50% to The CALMzone.”
Keith was found unresponsive in his home in Dunmow, Essex, last week after police were called following reports of what they called ‘concerns for his welfare’.
He was known to have fought a long battle with drink and depression.
The rave will take place on Saturday, March 16th and you can buy your tickets here.
I can’t think of a better way to pay respects to the great man.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over the course of several sex-related articles, bringing a very public shame to his family's good name.