Stormzy at o2 Brixton Academy

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.

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Southbound: Grime v Garage

Friday night was a special night. Possibly the craziest nights I’ve had on a night out in a very long time. Chanting different grime bars, raving my arms up manically in the air whilst sweating like a pig, thrilled faces all around me and of course violent mosh pits. I naturally jumped into the mosh-pit head first, surprisingly being one of the few girls that actually participated. The bruises I got were so worth it. P Money and President T gave one of the best performances, bringing out AJ Tracey and Terra Tha Kid, at this point I was far too drunk to even know who was who but when Pasta came on, I went completely ham. Anyway, here’s some footage I managed to film while I could. Enjoy.

 

 

How to prepare for gigs: a ritual

We all like to go out. We all like to drink, maybe take some harder substances (don’t worry, we won’t judge), or just go stone-cold sober in order to have a good time. Here are my ways in which I prepare myself for the inevitable mess that I will become by the end of the night.

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My 20th birthday party.

Growing up in Britain and being active on social media has made me come to the conclusion that pre-drinking is a national activity that most people in their youths do. Chilling, listening to good music, preparing money for the Uber, buying tickets to the club or even just pre-drinking before a house party to avoid the awkward beginnings where everyone is sober and you’re still waiting for people to join the party.

When it comes to going to gigs, I tend to prepare myself way before the gig. The next gig that I’m attending is Stormzy’s sold out Brixton o2 Academy show on the 2nd of May. Anyone who has bought tickets for big artists will know the struggle of waking up just before 9 am to fully function and be prepared to buy the tickets for the show. Refreshing, refreshing, scream of annoyance when you can’t get through on one site, 5 tabs open with different ticket sites, the stress is too real. Somehow, I managed to get two tickets to the show and I’m mentally preparing myself as we speak.

What I like to do, is a month before the gig I listen to the artists entire discography before going to the gig, just to avoid singing the wrong words and embarrassing myself in front of other fans in the room. The best way is mouthing …….. so it looks like you actually know what the hell is going on. My best way of avoiding that happening is simply forming my hands into gun fingers and simply stabbing the air screaming “skrrrrrrt.”

As a girl with an eccentric look, I like to keep my grandma hair intact, even when I’ve just woken up and am running late for my uni class. Before any event, I use my PRO:VOKE TOUCH OF SILVER shampoo and leave it in for an hour or so every other day to maintain my luscious curls. Kinda. Best thing to do is the night before any event, apply this shampoo for 1 hour or longer if you wish, and wait for the product to do its wonders.

Let me know how you get ready for a gig in the comments.