Posts tagged ‘Kendrick Lemar’

September 3, 2015

Sunday Review: Reading Festival 2015 [Review} (@OfficialRandL)

Sunday feeling a little bit tired after sleeping in a tent we awoke and livened ourselves up hoping to catch The Skints with Grime MC Rival, which unfortunately we missed.

Walking past the BBC Radio 1 Dance Tent I was enticed in by some banging tunes played by 99 Souls who I’m ashamed to say I’d never heard of before, but this is what I love about festivals finding new artists! The DJ’s got me raving as soon as I stepped into the festival!

I headed over to the 1Xtra Stage next to catch Isaiah Dreads. The young, West Country, Grime MC who pulled in a decent crowd even though it was early and had people singing along to his lyrics which included ‘Wait For Me’ off his recently released mixtape. You could see he had impressed crowd, some who hadn’t heard of him before too.

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Fekky was the next live artist we chose to see. His live performances always win over more fans for him. He set the stage alight more than I’d ever seen before, with pure energy and charisma. Performing tracks such as ‘Still Sittin Here’ ‘Way Too Much’ ‘Hot Boy’ and more he sprayed water over the crowd and handed out plastic cups filled with champagne. His two surprise guests brought a huge buzz especially when General Levy came out performing ‘Incredible’ and fellow South London don Sneakbo who performed ‘The Wave’.

Taking some chill out time we headed to the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage to watch a band completely unheard of to our ears; Glass Animals and yet again they won us round. It’s amazing what listening to a band live can do and how it can change your perception. I really would advise checking them out as they blend R&B, soul, hip hop and indie.

Next up was Young Thug the American rapper who made his debut appearance in the UK at Reading Festival and what a chaos he caused over in 1Xtra. He certainly made an impression on festival goers with his incredible energy and stage presence, showering fans with water who knew every words of his lyrics.

Excitedly rushing over to the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage I knew I had to catch Jamie XX live and in all his glory. The DJ literally left me in awe and dancing for the 30 minutes I witnessed of his hour set. The atmosphere of the crowd was pure entrancement. This set was definitely another favourite of the weekend, and one I had never witnessed before.

I caught some of South London’s Stormzy set over at 1Xtra. He played again to a full house where the energy was high performing hit ‘Not That Deep’, ‘Shut Up’ and more, bouncing all over the stage with the vigor transferring to the crowd. Krept & Konan were next up on 1Xtra and they drew even more of a crowd performing tracks from mixtape ‘Young Kingz’ such as ‘MDMA’ and ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ and also tracks from their new album ‘The Long Way Home’ such as ‘Freak Of The Week’. The South Londoner’s also shut down their performance bringing mad energy and special guest Yungen on with them.

West Coast, American rapper Kendrick Lemar was up next on the main stage where he brought the mood up and down performing hits from his album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ and ‘Good Kid M.A.A.D City’ such as ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’, ‘Swimming Pools’ and more. He showed Reading why he deserves his mainstream success as he lit up the stage.

The next two artists I wanted to watch were luckily at the same stage (BBC Radio 1 Dance) and finished off the Sunday night perfectly for me. Hudson Mowhake was first and warmed me up nicely for the headline act over at the dance stage BBK. Hudson Mowhake shone with his amazing productions mixing hip hop, soul and electronic and I was amazed to be in his presence while he stood on stage.

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The Dance tent suddenly became more and more packed as it seemed like the whole of Reading Festival had come to watch Boy Better Know for their hour set with Frisco coming on stage first, followed by Jammer and then the rest of the crew through from Shorty to Skepta, JME, Maximum and Solo 45. They performed a whole host of tracks such as Frisco’s collaborative ‘Walking With The Elephants’ with Shakka, ‘Shaky’, ‘Too Many Men’, ‘That’s Not Me’ ‘It Ain’t Safe’ and ended with ‘Shutdown’. They showed Reading why Grime will always live on and why they are the Grime Kings.

August 21, 2013

Live Review: V Festival [Hylands Park]

V Festival is a combination of good music, good people and good vibes and I headed down to the Hylands Park site (Essex) on Saturday afternoon for the two-day festival. Arriving in the afternoon we then had to head to the campsite and do the fun part – putting up the tent. Skip to two hours later and we were back at the car enjoying a cold drink before making our way inside…

DJ Fresh showed Essex how to have a good time when he played the Arena Stage with singer Fleur providing the vocals. Everywhere I turned there was a moshpit for this set and everyone seemed to really be having a brilliant time.

Beyonce headlined Saturday night in Chelmsford where I caught the last half of her set, which was enough to see the superstar do her thing with her new blond bob and a combination of sexy outfits – including a sequin purple leotard and a white top with black sequin embellishment and white trousers. She performed ‘Crazy In Love’ ‘Singles Ladies’ and closed on my favourite track ‘Halo’ to rapturous applause.

Sunday was a better line up for me personally and because I stayed the night I was there bright and early to catch as much as I could. I started off my day backstage chilling, enjoying a bit of Jason Mraz who sung the old but good track ‘I’m Yours’.

I then headed off to catch the London boys Rudimental who as always put on an amazing set. DJ Locksmith kept the crowd energy high all through the performance. Their performances of ‘Not Giving In’, ‘Free’ ‘Waiting All Night and ‘Feel The Love’ were all amazing, but my favourite part was after their performance of Fugees ‘Ready Or Not’ – they did a mix going into drum n bass and then one of their tracks.

Kendrick Lemar has had controversy surrounding him at the moment and his performance on Sunday on the 4 Music Stage proved why he is one of the best rappers at the moment. He worked the crowd, interacting with them to get more and more of a better response and delivered dark and soulful tracks such as ‘B***h Don’t Kill My Vibe’, ‘Compton’ and ‘Money Trees’.

Emeli Sande left shudders running through me as I watched her (I’m ashamed to say for the first time) on the Main Stage where she blew me away opening with ‘Heaven’ and moving onto a personal favourite of hers ‘My Kinda Love’. Naughty Boy also joined her on stage playing the piano for ‘Wonder’ and ‘Lifted’.

Returning the favour to Naughty Boy, she came on his set halfway through to perform to us ‘Lifted’ again and a new track called ‘Pluto’ that we will be seeing on his forthcoming album ‘Hotel Cabana’.

Yungen also performed a rather soulful track which we should also expect to see on the album along with the hit record ‘La La La’.