War Child Brits Week: Tinie Tempah (14/02/17)

February 14th – also known as Valentine’s Day. One may choose to spend it in various ways such as a romantic date with your significant other or friends. Or not give a damn whilst some may sulk at their uneventful love life. If you were a part of the latter, I’ll give you some virtual hugging.

In actuality, I forgot it was Valentine’s. It was only apparent to me with the red hearts sprinkled across shop windows. As well as seeing one man with a heart-shape balloon and another with a lone rose.

Valentine’s aside. 

There are two things that I simply can’t live without: food and music. One being a necessity otherwise you’ll starve to death and another is an auditory art form which transcends international boundaries.

I spent my Valentine’s Day at University and night at the first War Child Brits Week concert.

War Child is a charity that protects children living in the world’s most dangerous war zones. They are working hand in hand with the BRITs and O2 to raise money to fuel their cause.

The one I attended was headlined by Tinie Tempah and had an amazingly diverse line-up of Lianne La Havas, Anne-Marie and Darline on stage at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.

It was also the first one to start off the week of a collection of tremendous talent performing all for a great cause. These include Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Craig David, The 1975 and Basement Jaxx.

There was two ways of getting into these exclusive events: either buy a ticket (only valid for selected nights) or enter a £5 ticket lottery. All of the proceeds are donated to War Child.

Let’s just say my Valentine’s Night would blast any romantic dinner out of the water.

The opening act was Darline with their soothing country pop aided in subsiding to growing wrath of waiting crowd. Most of which have never been to a concert and unaware of the amount of waiting one must do in order to have an exciting performance. Darline were 2016 UK Eurovision contestants, not surprising as they are a great gateway act for those getting into country pop with slight sprinkles of other genres in mix.

The next up was arguably the best entertainer of the night: Anne-Marie. Best known for her hits such as Alarm and Do It Right . Her collab with Clean Bandit and Sean PaulRockabye had a nice stay on the top of charts.

She was surprisingly wearing formal attire with an inappropriate twist. A fur coat with a black dress with a ‘slightly too high slit‘. She performed her hits with passions and had intermissions with humour on par of a standup comedian. Just outstanding.

She’s looking fine.

The pace slowed down once again with the introduction of Lianne La Havas. Being a incredibly quirky and sweet made her acoustic performance so much more endearing. Music that could possibly calm the wildest of savages.

So much charm

Last but not least Tinie Tempah and his sidekick Youth. They pumped out banger after with high energy and laser display. Borderline sensory overload – all energy. The ground was shaking from the cheers, shouting and jumping of the ecstatic crowd. Tinie unleashed tunes such as Earthquake, Pass Out, Girls Like and Tsunami.

He also introduced Yxng Bane with his rendition of Shape of You by Ed Sheeran. This caused two girls in front of me to simultaneously gush over him as he winked and sang towards them. He gave them two t-shirts. He certainly has a LOT of charm.

Look at that cheeky glance.

Imani Williams surprise appearance once again!

Just have to stop and stare…

The night was wrapped up with Tinie jumping all over the stage releasing bangers left, right and centre. Astounding and night of fun.

I’m currently running late to yet another launch party…