August Alsina kicked off his ‘Don’t Matter’ European Tour earlier this week with an incredible performance at London’s Indigo at the 02. Having not released an album since ‘This Thing Called Life’ in 2015, it was interesting to see how well he could hold the crowd after releasing just four new singles towards the back end of 2017.
Supporting August, was UK R&B star Angel. Angel delivered a short 30 minute set in which he both showed his natural ability to cover the stage whilst performing an array of tracks from over the years most notably ‘Ride Out’ and his feature on Yungen’s ‘Take My Number’. It has to be said that Angel did not give his strongest vocal performance to date but he is an experienced performer and it was evident as the crowd sang along.
Despite arriving on stage 45 minutes later than expected to an agitated crowd, all was forgotten when the DJ asked everyone if they were ready for him whilst playing Alsina’s remix to Lil Wayne and Drake’s ‘Grindin’. He stepped onto stage, with two female dancers on either side of him, dressed in a red blazer and pinstriped trouser combination with shades and his famous tattoos on show underneath. The female screams rang aloud as he opened up with his verse from Kevin Gates’ ‘I Don’t Get Tired’. The crowd went wild in anticipation of his incredible vocals.
August demonstrated how good and how deep his catalogue of music is, with both his features and individual songs. He performed songs from debut album Testimony such as ‘Kissin on my Tattoos’ (where the red blazer inevitably was taken off and greeted by female screams), ‘No Love’ , ‘Numb‘ and ‘Make It Home‘. Whilst off his sophomore album he performed ‘Song Cry‘ and ‘Hip-Hop‘. His features included his performance of DJ Khaled’s ‘Do You Mind’ and ‘Hold You Down’. He even threw it back to his mixtape days by performing ‘Downtown’ and hit single ‘I Luv This Shit’. He demonstrated his full vocal ability throughout the night and was simply flawless.
Throughout the evening the atmosphere was electric as August delivered a brilliant performance, although it can’t be helped to feel that the performance was cut short with him running late. With an album that is long overdue, we can’t wait for August to drop new music in 2018 as his talent is undeniable.
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