Krept and Konan: A Night To Remember @ O2 Academy Newcastle11th April 2016
A Night to Remember is what was promised, and an evening that Newcastle will never forget is what was delivered courtesy of Krept and Konan. Expectation levels were set at an all-time high by the punchline dependant poetic pair. Having previously made an impression in the North East alongside Skepta, they now return back to Tyneside with their very own headline tour.
Supported by US rap artist Ty Dolla $ign who opened the show with high energy and charismatic swag, the West Coast native entertained the crowd with material from his latest body of work Free TC, including summer time jams Blase & Wavy, rounding off with the ear infectious club banger Paranoid to get the punters juices flowing for the night’s main event.
Thankfully, the star men of the night didn’t keep us in suspense for too long, contrary to their scheduled 9:30pm set time. Entering the stage via their London underground tube design embracing their capital city roots, they kicked off the show with their latest viral hit Last Night In LA to rapturous and almost ear deafening applause.
On the final stop of their UK tour, you would have thought the South London boys would have been lacking enthusiasm, but if you believe that you will believe anything, as they continued to feed the young jam packed O2 Academy crowd with popular releases from their Young Kings mixtape and debut album The Long Way Home.
Credit to the Play Dirty duo, not only did they keep the crowd engaged with orchestrated mosh pits and Konan’s sporadic crowd surfing expeditions, but they over-delivered with special guest appearances from the migraine skanking Gracious K and gym junkie Funky Dee still questioning guys and girls – Are You Gonna Bang Doe. Later on into the show, they upped the stakes, releasing the likes of Meridian Dan and Lethal Bizzle upon us keeping the crowd more LIT than a forest fire.
Among the grime celebrity cameos and Konan telling us to BEHAVE more than a naughty school child, the four-time MOBO award-winning artists both individually showed their more compassionate side. Singling out the females in attendance as they took things slow with renditions of My Story and Fallin, before entering the home straight, they ended an epic evening with crowd-led performances of their chart topping classic, Freak Of The Week, and popular street anthem Don’t Waste My Time #A-MAY-ZING
Moments of the night: Too many to name but here’s a couple:
1) Konan’s crowd surfing 2) Fester skanking with Lethal Bizzle
Ratings out of 10: 8.5 out of 10