Gig Review by Zak Edwards with Photography by Bianca Barrett

De La Soul

It was the Art Decadent surround of the fabulous Leamington Spa Assembly which 
greeted De La Soul on their tour where the elder statesmen of Hip Hop were celebrating 25 years since the release of their debut album ‘3 Feet High and Rising’.

De La Soul

You could tell it was gonna be a good un from the moment that you walked into the gloriously picturesque venue. Support came in the guise of a young upcoming DJ who really managed to get the crowd going with his upbeat set and cute little mid scratch boogies. Old school hip hop greats like LL Cool J and the Wu Tang Clan were intertwined with pop classics like Elton Johns ‘I’m Still Standing’ culminating in a mash up of ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Pump up the Volume’.

Neon orange body warmers and glow sticks were popular as ravers of yesteryear were break dancing up in the cheap seats at the back and punters were chewing gum more than the usual Gig Junkies assignment #tuttut #onaschoolnight!

De La Soul

De La Soul made their way to the stage whilst the previous DJ – who’s name I annoyingly didn’t catch – was still packing up. It was completely ad hoc and Gig purists may have scoffed at this, but whilst ‘Plug Three’ was whipping the crowd up in to a frenzy with cries of ‘De-La De-La De-La’ out came his cohorts ‘Dave’ Jude Jolicoer and ‘Posdnous’ Kevin Mercer and capes and all and we were ready to paaarrrttteeee – and as we all know there ain’t no party like a hip hop party.

De La Soul

“Get Your Mother Fucking hands in the air” instructed Dave as he stopped the first song evidently not satisfied with the participation of the crowd. “This is a fucking hip hop show” he said and emphasised the point by making the photographers put down their tools and join in the ruckus, to which they gladly obliged. 

The 3 way vocal harmonies, camaraderie and oodles of energy coupled with their laid back approach to putting on a show demonstrated a band that had done this a ‘gazillion’ times before. It was a house party – their house party – and everyone was invited.

De La Soul

Making his way into the crowd ‘Pos’ encouraged everyone to jump as they blasted into ‘Vibration’ and then the marvellous ‘Oooh’. From here the raised their glasses of… erm water and went on to toast to the most marvellous special day which they celebrate every week… before blasting into ‘Saturday’.

 It’s blatantly obvious that De La Soul really know how to work a crowd. If 
the crowd refuse to bob up and down with their hands in air, then the band 
refuse to play ball. Simples. More often than not the crowd gleefully oblige #gofigure!

De La Soul

The cheer-o-meter unsurprisingly showed that the average for the audience was 35 -
40 but to be honest there were people of all walks of life in attendance. Not that it mattered a jot. Everyone one was there to have a whale of a time.

De La Soul

‘Me, Myself and I’ signalled party battles between each side of the room (the right side obviously nailing it) and then it was time for arguably their biggest hits ‘Ring Ring Ring’ and fans favourite ‘The Magic Number’, with the trio ensuring beforehand that the crowd should “put their hands in the air, subtract 2 fingers and shake that shit like you just don’t care”.

De La Soul

Then that was it. Lights up, sweaty bodies aplenty making their way to the exit and very much proof that 3, is indeed, the magic number.

De La Soul

One Response to “De La Soul at The Assembly, Leamington Spa, UK – 6th May 2014”

  1. Wayne Says:

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