Stormzy Review | O2 Academy Bournemouth

Mosh pits, 100% energy and absolutely mental are the only words to describe Stormzy’s show. I’d give Stormzy’s sold-out show a strong 5 out of 5 stars; it was incredible.

Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, is a grime and hip hop artist from London. The 23-year-old has become a huge hit after his album was released on 24 February 2017 – Gang Signs and Prayers. The album reached number one in the UK Albums Chart and has resulted in his tour being completely sold out in the UK. Stormzy started his nationwide tour to support his new album on 29 March earlier this year and on Thursday 27 April the grime legend came to Bournemouth…

Stormzy’s supporting act was A2 performing his single X2 (DBLE) followed by a warm up from Rachael Anson and they were amazing; I can now say I’m a fan of them both after being introduced for the first time that night. Rachael threw out banging tunes for the 90’s babies in the building and has made the ultimate playlist on Spotify called, GSAP VIBE, it has the songs she played for the warm up and tracks from Stormzy’s GSAP album. By the time Stormzy came out on stage everyone was sweating buckets from all the energy in the room created by Rachael during her set.

Stormzy emerged on stage through smoke opening with First Things First – the first song on his album. After doing “one for the girls” with Velvet he went back to grime with Mr Skeng and Cold which the crowd went wild for and created huge mosh pits. During his slow songs Cigarettes & Cush and Blinded By Your Grace, he had to stop the mosh pits so he could show off his singing voice which was amazing and very different to grime. After that came his hit single Shut Up and then moved on giving a shout out to his good friend Ed Sheeran and did their version of Shape Of You. Stormzy tricked the crowd a few times by leaving the stage and coming back even more energetic before with hits like Big For Your Boots; it was around this point that one of the security men got a pair of panties thrown in their face. Stormzy closed the night with a remix of Know Me From and a big thank you to his energy crew.

I highly recommend going to see Stormzy at one of the many festivals he’s playing at this Summer, Wildlife, Glastonbury, V Festival and many more, however don’t go if you haven’t heard his new album; it’s fire.

Beth Armstrong

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