Future in o2 Academy Brixton

The rise of Future has been undeniable in the last few years. Teaming up with producers like Metro Boomin and Zaytoven, Future has brought his listeners hit after hit and took to the stage in London to unleash them all.

Future

Future

DJ Esco

DJ Esco

Also, West London's very own TE dness graced the stage with Big 6ix to warm up for Future and brought with him the authentic London sounds in our trap and hip hop music. Seeing TE on such a big stage, his stage presence definitely didn't disappoint, managing to entertain old fans and new listeners alike.

TE dness

TE dness

TE dness

TE dness

Performing songs from his previous projects '56 Nights' and 'Beast Mode', Future had the crowd captivated through his heavy trap beats, gruff gritty vocals and of course dabbin' across the lengths of the stage.The roars from the sold out show of 5000's attendee's highlighted the energy in the building that night.

Leaving one trick up his sleeve, Future later pulled out our infamous rap duo Krept & Konan to bless the stage with their smash hit 'Freak Of The Week'

Krept & Konan                                                                                                    

Krept & Konan                                                                                                    


Skepta & JME in o2 Academy Brixton

 

It's been a monumental year for the Adenuga brothers. Originating from the same Tottenham household, Skepta and JME have really taken Grime across the world this year with their individual success', which has also helped shape a massive year for Grime music.

In so many ways, this concert was a celebration of their achievements this year after seeing their music manifest like never before. As we know Skepta has built a strong presence in the US, rubbing shoulders with an array of artists including Drake, Pharrell, and Travis Scott. JME has been tearing down stages with his first project in the 5 years 'Integrity>' and seeing the brothers come together for this show was a treat that most Grime fans have been heavily anticipating.

On Friday night, Brixton Academy opened it's doors to 5000 concert attendee's waiting to see one of the final 'Shutdown's of 2015 after crazy performances this year including Skepta's takeover of Holywell Carpark in the summer.

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Supporting them was a strong lineup explosive performances from artists that Skepta & JME have worked with in recent years including CASisDEAD, Novelist, and 2015's Best Newcomers, Section Boyz. With supporting acts of this calibre, it's difficult to describe as a 'warm up'.

The night even included a surprise performance from Stormzy sending a sold out Brixton Academy wild wit his top 10 chart hit 'Shut Up'

The Meridian brothers then took to the stage performing a mixed set of their hits back to back, mixed by their legendary in-house DJ and BBK member Maximum, before bringing out more of the Boy Better Know members to perform lyrics that have engraved them in the history of Grime music. After a night like this, the future for Grime looks the brightest it ever has.

Words & Photographs - Ashley Verse

MTA Records Xmas Party

 
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After a 2 year hiatus since their last LP "Brand New Machine", this last sector of 2015 has seen production powerhouse Chase & Status disrupting the music scene again with their elusive 'London Bars' project, which was released on MTA Records. In celebration of this, Chase & Status made their first and only appearance of this year at their MTA Records Xmas party in Oslo, Hackney. 

The night was warmed up by many of their labelmates including Scales and Mant before C+S grabbed the stage unleashing some unreleased  tracks from their ever-growing archive, showing the crowd hints of works with Flowdan, Stormzy, Craig David and more!

In the Christmas spirit of giving, Chase & Status brought out Bonkaz and Giggs who are featured on the London Bars EP as well as Ghetts, CasIsDead, Jammer and Discarda, gifting the crowd with an energetic Grime set before diving into a classic drum and bass set.

The night was a real celebration of UK production, giving something for all ears being some garage, grime, drum and bass and jungle. After witnessing a snippet of what Chase & Status have to offer their audience next year, I'm excited to see the fruits of their labour.

More pictures from the MTA Xmas Party are available here. Chase & Status will also be performing in London's Fabric nightclub in January, where you can see a heft lineup of DJ's and artists curated by the duo themselves. Tickets.

Words & Photographs - Ashley Verse