Tinie Tempah

In just under a year Tinie Tempah has become a force to be reckoned with on the UK’s urban scene. He’s released three singles (all top five) with two of them reaching the number one spot. When we approached the venue, we thought the concert had been pushed back to another day, because Tinie Tempah’s fans didn’t look like your stereotypical ‘grime’ scene fans. In-fact they looked a lot like indie fans, but this is the beauty of Tinie Tempah’s music as it has a crossover appeal, that transcends many genres of music.

Bluey Robinson
Bluey Robinson

Arriving at a sold out concert scheduled across all major cities it’s clear this is a artist with ambition. Promising upcoming acts warmed the crowd in a two hour pre-amble. I arrived to G- Fr3SH who you could tell was not as popular as the acts that followed. Perhaps reflective to the popularity of familiarity with the audience. He was followed by Bluey Robinson a charismatic unsigned act from london with a crowd pleasing guitarist. Bluey did a few cover songs after getting the audience to shout relative to the era they were born in. naturally I was left feeling aged as most fans were from the 90s but in my justice some were from the 70s. The demographics evidently were across the spectrum showing the versatility of the main attraction Tinie Tempah.

Chiddy Bang

Chiddy Bang, the american duo were cheered and applauded by the audience just like a home act. To name a few ‘Opposite of Adult’ had the audience jumping. The supporting acts did and DJ Charles for the night certainly kept the audience attentive and alive for the highlight.

Chiddy Bang

The lights were dimmed and their was an air of excitement floating around, the crowd looked on at the stage with anticipation. The projected imagery on the screen showing Tinie Tempah preparing to come on stage and being encouraged by his crew. The dimmed lights went out, suddenly returning with Tinie Tempah turning his back to his audience waiting for his cue to begin his set. The absorbing thunderstorm sound effects and lighting eased and an equally dramatic instrumental led in into the first intro track. Fans from all three levels of HMV institute were attempting their best to capture this perfect moment as Tinie Tempah turned and came right to the front of the stage.

Tinie Tempah

Tinie Tempah delivered an hours act that was intense enough to make even me someone who wasn’t a follower register an interest. He had intermittent breaks between tracks where he gave a preamble to how the tracks came around. The genuine real life situations he described bridged a mere audience into life long fans. He is an assertive artist that has a clear goal as his bibliography cohesively suggested from research. In this the South London born Patrick describes himself as a normal ambitious everyday person trying to live out his dream. His concert didn’t have any controversy or violence which adds to his credibility.

Tinie Tempah

The strongest song of the night for me was ‘Let Go’ a track he performed with the lyrics projected as writing on the wall in sync to the song. Profound as the song is the imagery makes for mental stimulation as he touches on different topics such as that after signing a record deal you become property to the public. Leading to the closing reciprocal question, “When is the right time to let go, better yet let go of your obsession”.

Tinie Tempah

Present to date I over looked Tinie Tempah as a ‘teen pleaser’ I quote. It became clear to me from listening to his album he touches on sensitive and real topics hence the broad demographics of fans. Overall an excellent night.

Tinie Tempah

Gig Review by: Takunda Kahwa
Gig Photography by: Andy Watson

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