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I love seeing people do well. When I saw Tinie Tempah on the stage my eyes welled up with pride. No I’m not related to him, in fact I’ve never even met him, but there is something about him that makes me connect. Not just on a musical level, you watch him in interviews or read about him in the press and you ‘feel’ the goodness in him.
To sell out the O2 arena is no small feat. Looking around the full capacity arena it was beautiful to see the wide range of cultures and ages represented in his fans. Tinie Tempah’s music is easy for so many groups of people to relate to without it even coming close to empty, commercialised bubble gum pop.
We were lucky enough to hear what should be the first track from his upcoming second album.Up beat and raw, it packs a punch and leaves me excited with anticipation for what he has in store for us.
With costume changes, trainer changes (we have to rate Tinie for his flawless wardrobe) and even a change of scene half way through for a special ‘intimate’ performance of some of the slower more subdued songs, we never knew what to expect next.
With special guest Labyrinth making a quick appearance and J Cole warming up the crowd I felt truly spoilt rotten. There is not a better way to end a Friday than by seeing so many young, talented men living their dreams and uplifting tens of thousands of people in the process.