Gig Review by Hayley Clark with Photography by Kal Ahmed

Miguel

As druid figures stood on the stage strumming a funky beat to the eagerly awaiting crowd, as if to summons up a God. The crowd exploded as their martyr appeared, looking angelic with a white fringed cowboy jacket, white jeans and Cuban heels Miguel gyrated his way with his top bearing toned flesh into “The Thrill“. Having earlier this year performed with Minneapolis legend Prince in the Baltimore Rally for Peace, it was clear to say looking at the 29 year old Californian, you could see how his influence had rubbed onto him, resembling a Love sexy era purple one with his raunchy dancing and racier lyrics, he knew how to work the crowd as the majority of female admirers gazed longingly at him and those who were accompanied by their partners, were left pleasantly surprised at what the singer delivered.

Miguel

Both Miguel’s stage presence and lyrics oozed sex appeal, the crowd joyfully sang along to “the Valley” where he invited them to get up to all kinds of lewd behaviour deep in the valleys, “Pussy” and “Quickie”, yet he also made his audience question society, religion and embrace “Wild heart”. Opening with childhood antidotes to captivate the audience, his hit “What’s normal anyway?” questioned his childhood and preached to the mixed aged crowd it didn’t matter who you were where you came from everyone should be equal.

Miguel

Miguel

“Face the Sun”, the singers duet with Lenny Kravitz, completed the marathon nineteen songs line up before coming back on to cheers from the mainly female crowd for the encore of “Coffee”, “How many drinks?” and “Adorn”, having now removed his jacket and gyrating the stage with his toned, tattooed naked torso. Having played to a sell-out Brixton Academy crowd the previous night, the slightly under capacity O2 Academy crowd weren’t left disappointed as he warmed up for his Radio one Extra performance for the final gig of the tour.

Miguel

Miguel

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