Concert Review: 1Xtra Live – London
Artist: Tulisa, WizKid, Angel, Kendrick Lamar and Trey Songz
Date: November 12th 2012
Location: 02 Academy Brixton
With 3 more UK dates ahead, this annual event kicked off in London at the sold out/ limited ticket venue in Brixton in London to celebrate the music of BBC’s urban station: 1xtra. Hosted my DJ’s Mister Jay and Trevor Nelson live on air, we were in for a treat as the show keeps going from strength to strength in more ways than one. We had DJ CJ Beatz and DJ Semtex keeping our blood going in the intervals to make sure we kept boredom out. The show ran on time and each act did 1xtra proud.
The UK urban music scene seems to have a love/hate relationship with singer/rapper Tulisa and it was evident at the show tonight. Various times when her name was said she got a bit of ‘stick’ but thankfully as time went on on she came out the crowd warmed up to her. Giving us some of the old N’Dubs Classic and mixing in some of her new stuff (including a wicked DubStep mix), Tulisa is here and not letting the haters get her down at all.
Here is one of her hits for those who don’t know her:
This London singer/songwriter has been on the scene for a while jotting hits for artists such as JLS, Cheryl Cole and Roll Deep and he has now finally broke onto the scene with his own music. He currently has 2 mixtapes on the underground and we are awaiting his debut album to see what the British Bangledeshi artist has saved for himself.
I will leave you with his smash hit from this year:
Hailing from Nigeria this young fresh artist is one of the biggest stars making waves within AfroBeats. He has been in the music world since the age of 11 in his home country however managed to break international waters over the past few months with hits such as ‘Holla at your Boy’ and ‘Gidi Girl’. The AfroBeats and Azonto phenomenon has taken Britain by storm and WizKid is definetly riding the waves like a pro.
Enjoy one of his hits :
One of the headliners for tonight was one of 2012 biggest artists Kendrick Lamar. From the musically infamous Compton L.A Kendrick has managed to take us back to a time when HipHop was real and full of flow and definitely gave us a performance tonight. With songs from his Breakthrough album ‘ M.a.a.d City’ He never failed to impress, keepin it simple in a black hoodie and his unique flow, the audience loved every minute of it.
The song the got us all on our feet:
The eagerly anticipated gave us a night of his hits from past and present giving fans what they want: Trey! He came on and did an impressive set considering he had a short set to squeeze it all into. The Virginia born singer is not a stranger to the UK and even though he has a UK tour in early 2013 we are grateful he decided to do this show for the listeners. He broke a few hearts when he threw his hat and vest into the audience.( i’m sure there was some pulling going on between fans who caught them!!) However all in all, he as Trevor Nelson said he is a true artist that never lets us or R’n’B down. With cuteness like that, can’t complain!!
He closed the show with this banger:
All in all this show is for the fans and it stays true to its meaning. The limited tickets ensure that you get a high quality, high energy exclusive show based on your love of music and clicking speed rather than ticket prices. I hope this event continues well into the future as it gives the UK a nice combination of everything urban. Make sure you stay tuned in for the upcoming shows on www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra
Thank you 1XTRA!!!