Wireless Festival 2017 – Saturday

This was my first year at Wireless, after wanting to go for as long as I remember because on paper it always has my dream festival line-up. This years line up wasn’t the best I had ever seen as previous years included Drake and Kendrick Lamar, but all of the homegrown talent made it one to remember.

One of the first acts I saw on the day was Cadet on the Pepsi Max stage. As I always imagine from a Cadet performance, the energy levels were sky high. All he had to ask is “who?” and suddenly the whole of Finsbury Park are chanting “Cadet, Cadet”. And this was before he even came on stage, as Yung Filly opened for him playing songs alike Robbery to get the whole crowd gassed. From the slower songs such as Letter To Krept and Instagram Girls, to Corn, he had it all. But, the most energetic point in the performance? When Cadet himself got in the middle of the moshpit.

Then of course, Sean Paul supplied us with our dose of dancehall for the day. Although, as it was so early in the day, the crowd were dead. If he would have been further on in the day, there would have been a lot more whining, for sure. Young Thug, again, not the most live performance of the day as the crowd let him down  until the last couple of songs on his set. Best Friend was of course the most popular song during his set.

Rae Sremmurd came on stage mid-way through the line-up and this was when things started getting much more lit, obviously the alcohol was starting to take its toll. You actually don’t realise how many bangers Rae Sremmurd have until you find yourself knowing the words to the majority of their set. No Flex Zone, No Type, Black Beatles, Come Get Her and Throw Sum Mo to name just a few.

Then, it was time for Travis Scott. The whole park turned into a madness. Bottle’s flying everywhere and the whole crowd basically merged to make one big moshpit. He of course brought out his signature, huge fake bird which makes very loud chirping noises throughout the set and looks king of creepy with worms dangling from it’s mouth.

Finally, the moment everyone was waiting for. SKEPTA!! Or in other words, the whole Boy Better Know crew. Frisco, Jammer, JME, Frisco etc etc. Basically everyone apart from Wiley, as he cancelled his own set at Wireless previously that day. Skepta seemed to fit a lot of songs into his set considering it was an hour long. Ace Hood Flow, Too Many Man, That’s Not Me, Skepta Interlude and Konnichiwa. You name it, he most probably did it. Skepta was definitely the perfect act to finish the day, making everyone proud to be British grime lovers and the day was definitely finished on a high.

Parklife Festival 2017: BBK, Wiley and AJ Tracey to name but a few.

So, this was my first ever festival, although I’m not quite sure how because I am a very regular gig-goer. It was everything I expected it to be and more; a weekend of unhealthy eating, an excessive amount of alcohol and a whole lot of mud. Everyone’s first festival is definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

Parklife festival isn’t usually known for it’s all star grime line-up, but this year they pulled out all the stops. However, with the increase of grime popularity, I’m sure every festival will be booking urban artists left, right and centre. But, lets not forget that Parklike is organised by The Warehouse Project, so of course there was plenty of house and dance music throughout the eight stages.

One thing that really baffled me, was how they placed certain artists on stages in which they did not belong. For example, The Temple was the stage I basically lived at for the weekend as it featured J Hus, BBK, Wiley, and AJ Tracey. So if I told you that Stormzy was also a headliner, you would expect him to perform on The Temple, no? Well, a shock to me, he actually performed on The Sound of The Near Future stage, which was very house/chilled music orientated, and correct me if i’m wrong, but Stormzy is not a sound of the future, he is a definite sound of the present.

Boy Better Know‘s set was always going to be my favourite set. JME, Skepta, Wiley, Jammer and Shorty all within an hour time frame and you’ve seen your yearly dose of grime artists live in the flesh. The lighting and effects were phenomenal. Although, I’m not sure many paid attention to that with the mass of moshpits throughout the crowd. Which by the way, seemed as though every single person at the festival came to see BBK’s set, they really should have been main stage.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised at the level of urban music throughout the festival, particularly grime. They really catered for us rap lovers, resulting in a very successful weekend, and I can say that I’ve now seen the majority of my favourite artists live.

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.