Stormzy Brixton Finale

From a freestyle in a park in a red Adidas tracksuit, to selling out three shows at the Brixton O2 Academy (obviously in an Adidas tracksuit again).

The finale was of course going to be something special, but no one could have called it. Stormzy had them all: Ed Sheeran, Wretch 32, Ghetts and Chip. Each brought even more energy to the already hyped-up crowd, from Hear Dis to the Shape of You Remix. Although, everyone could still appreciate the slow, gospel touches of Blinded By Your Grace, Velvet and Cigarettes and Cush, which seemed to give a more personal touch as Stormzy sat on a stool singing to an academy of five-thousand people.

The production levels were honestly next level. If you didn’t know any better you would think that it was an arena tour. Every single touch was perfected, the lyrics flashing behind him, Stormzy’s face singing along on the screen behind.

The main moment of the whole gig which will always stick in my mind, was when Stormzy sang 100 Bags to his mum who was stood on the balcony. She was singing and rapping along word for word throughout the whole song, as the majority of the crowd looked up with their hand on their heart, emotions were running high.

What a way to end such a phenomenal tour, no one has ever deserved a sold out tour more than Stormzy. I’m sure I can say this on behalf of everyone who attended any of the shows on the GSAP tour, I left feeling very proud of him, almost as though I felt his struggles and accomplishments through his truly emotional yet energetic performance. The fact that he sold out three nights at the Brixton O2 Academy shows how appreciated Big Mike truly is in the world of music.

Tinie Tempah – Mojo Club, Hamburg Review 05.04.17

This was the second from last show of Tinie Tempah’s European Youth tour, with Cologne being the penultimate, ending the tour on the 6th April. This tour showcased Tinie’s career from the release of Pass Out in 2010 all the way through to some unreleased songs which come from his studio album Youth which is due to be released on 14th April.

Although he performed many songs which were unknown to the audience, he kept us thoroughly engaged. Most of his unreleased songs came with a great deal of energy, obvious from Tinie’s on stage topless antics and champagne spraying in the crowd. While DJ Charlesy launched himself into the centre of audience completing Tinie’s job of making sure everyone was drenched in champs from head to toe.

The venue was very intimate, with a capacity of only four-hundred, as Tinie said himself on stage ‘It’s hard to get shows in Germany’. Nevertheless, Tempah can easily entertain a packed out O2 arena capacity of twenty thousand as well as a cosy capacity of four-hundred.

Tinie obviously wanted to accommodate the German crowd, as halfway through the show he brought out the national flag, as well as occasionally using some German phrases. This most defiantly won some fans over as they put their all into participation from singing along to moshpits and the Tsunami dance.

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Tinie Tempah @ The O2 Shepherds Bush 14.02.17

This night was a part of the War Child BRITs week, which is kindly sponsored by O2 to raise awareness of the charity as well as raising money with all of the profits from tickets going to children who’s lives have been devastated by war. There are twelve intimate shows going on throughout the week with acts such as The 1975, New Gen and Craig David.

Youth is going to be a phenomenal album; that’s one thing that I walked away from the venue thinking. Tinie performed four new tracks for the first time ever; Something Special, Text From My Ex, Chasing Flies and Lightwork ! These will all appear on his up and coming album Youth which will be released on March 31st 2017. From what I heard and experienced, Something Special and Lightwork are definitely going to be ones for the festival season.

This was Tinie’s first show of the year, and he came through with a bang. He obviously started as he meant to go on, giving us songs from Pass Out to Text From My Ex. But, the main songs which truly reflected the energy of the audience were Tsunami and Miami 2 Ibiza in which the whole venue went crazy. Tinie performed for around 5o minutes, pleasing the crowd most definitely, while also raising awareness for such an amazing charity.

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Boy Meets World Tour Review – O2 London 01.02.17

Rating 5/5

It’s fair to say that I was pretty lucky and attended the best show of the tour. Why? Travis Scott had an incident on stage when he fell into a hole on the stage which was meant to give the globe hologram, the biggest feature of the show. As a result of this, Drake announced that he was refunding everyone who attended the show due to it ruining the set. (I SAW DRAKE FOR FREE!!!)

The special guests included Travis Scott, who performed Pick Up The Phone, Antidote and Goosebumps. Section Boyz who performed Bimma. And, Giggs who performed Whippin Excursion.

The production on this tour was exceptional. Although our night missed out on the hologram, the rest of the features made the show something special, definitely worth the £10o tickets. Entering the arena, the most obvious feature were white balls on the ceiling. When Drake came on the stage, they lit up in various colours and almost moved with every beat, creating some amazing illusions.

Drake covered all albums from his career. From Thank Me Later to Views, and a preview of his new song with Giggs, Drake. The scheduled end time was 22:30, however it went on till 23:20. Giving us almost 2 and a half hours of Drake.

All in all, whether it was to be free or not, Drake gave a once in a lifetime performance, it’s the best gig I have ever been to and it will take a lot to ever beat this.