On Saturday I went to see Tinie's one off gig at Brixton. With the announcement of this show made around the same time as his mixtape Junk Food was released, I was expecting a night full Junk Food songs. However, this wasn't the case.
Tinie opened with his song with Chase & Status, Hitz, a song that I've loved ever since it was released and was pleasantly surprised to hear it live again. His second song on his set was quite a surprise to myself and the rest of the crowd, as it was Pass Out, a song that he typically closes with. After this energetic throwback Tinie addressed the fact that he wouldn't be closing with Pass Out, and warned us that we would be in for a mad night - and he definitely wasn't wrong!
Instead of the show being based around Junk Food, it was more of a throwback night! Only two songs out of the whole set were actually from Junk Food (Been the Man and Autogas), and the rest of the set was full of old hits, such as Frisky, Wonderman and Written in the Stars.
Rather than your typical concert, this night seemed to be Tinie's chance to tell his story about his life and how he became as successful as he is today. The opening video before he came on stage showed him as a young boy, all the way up to receiving his Brit awards. Tinie also spoke a lot while on stage about his background and how hard he had to work to get to where he is today. I found one of his speeches really inspiring, as he told everyone to be themselves and follow what they believe in. I usually find these statements quite cliché, but seeing Tinie stood out in front of a sold out show and saying never give up, really touched me. It showed how if Tinie had given up he wouldn't be as successful as he is today, and I don't know about others, but it definitely inspired me to never give up.
I also thought it was great that Tinie performed his first ever song from 10 years ago - Wifey. I liked the fact that Tinie clearly hasn't forgotten when he has come from, as I feel many other artists today become successful and forget about what actually made them famous.
The whole night was so much fun, and it made me feel really proud of Tinie and all of the success he's had.