Spotify’s first UK live event a sensation

Spotify’s first live event in the UK was a resounding success; the near capacity crowd bounced carelessly bursting with vivaciousness at Alexandra Palace on Thursday.
The sell-out event was the first of its kind; inspired by the playlist: ‘Who We Be’ from the world grossing music app, the nation’s favourite grime and rap artists came together for an evening of well-deserved hedonism.
The playlist sprung to life like a phoenix from the flames; in vivid technicolour. BRITs Critics’ Choice nominee Stefflon Don and a topless J Hus had the room jumping to their most-streamed tracks: “Hurtin’ Me” and “Did You See” both recurrent R&B club favourites.
The almost freezing temperatures didn’t seem to scare anyone off; queues lasted for hours even after the first act went on stage. Ravers threw their shirts off in carefree and uninhibited abandon – and even an unsolicited weave flew past me at one point.
They definitely weren’t conforming to Big Shaq’s words of “Mans Not Hot”; the recently satirical rapper religiously wore his coat throughout his performance despite that notorious voice telling him to take off his jacket (babes, Man’s Not Hot!). Unsurprisingly, he also had the thirsty crowd skanking to his words.
Lavish blonde hair a flow, expectedly Cardi B had every girl screaming the words to Bodak Yellow through curved lips like they were the only one in the room. The stripper-turned-rapper looked sensational; her set felt too short to do her justice, but would we ever want the boss lady to leave the stage?
Giggs completely owned Ally Pally; he swaggered his muscular physique on in dark lighting, hiding himself in a beanie hat and parka coat. But this was short lived- the respected rap star soon ripped down to just a t-shirt, trousers and gold chain which swung in unison with the crowd’s arms as he threw himself around to “Linguo” “Lock Doh” and many other bangers.
2017 has been a revolutionary year for grime; even Love Island stars Kem Cetinay and Chris Hughes released “Little Bit Leave It” influenced by their king grime artist Stormzy. This definitely resonated in the numbers at this event (bar Dizzee Rascal who seems to have lost fans) and their absolute passion showed just how much support there is in the UK for this genre.


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