May the 2nd was the potentially the best evening of my life. Why? Because, I was able to witness what I have been anticipating for months; Stormzy’s first performance in London. I had planned to post this post the day after the gig; however, due to sheer laziness, I didn’t. Regardless, Stormzy brought the house down at the Brixton o2 Academy with his first London show being a massive success.
The night started kicked off with DJs (unsure of their names, tried to look them up everywhere but couldn’t. If you know, please let me know) then the calm before the storm, grime MC A2 came and performed a few of his tracks, including my personal favourite and most-known song Holograms. After A2’s performance, the DJs came back to the set and played some old-school R’n’B songs along with Hip-Hop tunes to get the crowd wild. It worked.
Drenched in sweat, constantly falling over on people and top almost falling off exposing my chest, I had one of the best times finding it hard to grasp for air.
When it came to Stormzy, wow. I was completely compelled. The curtains with GSPA album cover on the curtains dramatically dropped and the first song to come on was First Things First, not only by song title being chronologically a good opening song; but also it set the mood after the opening act for the show made everyone reaching for air.
The adrenaline kept us pumping, although Stormzy performed some of his slower songs such as Cigarettes & Cush, Velvet, Blinded by Your Grace Pt. 1 & 2 and 21 Gun Salute. What really got the crowd going (well, those that know songs past GSPA) was when Big Mikey played Standard, Know Me From and obviously, the song that caught the nations attention Shut Up.
There were many famous faces at the show, such as his biggest idol Adele, feeling the song she got a special shout out in (see tweet below), AJ Tracey, Section Boyz and J Hus who joined him on stage for Bad Boys.
Stormzy has to be one of the best performers there are, the album success and 3 sold out shows at the Brixton Academy that is in his kingdom, south London, with many big faces attending and performing, even London Mayor Sadiq Khan! Which, btw, one of the most iconic turn of events in this generation, especially in South London.