Grime’s next rock stars put on a headline show to remember
Words and Photos by Karan Teli
When it comes to Ammi Boyz, Master Peace and YSTekDinner, the rules are simple; either bring all your energy or stay at home.
Ammi Boyz – the South London Music collective founded by Nigz, Cosmo Pyke and PFromLee were putting on their biggest headline show to date, at O2 Academy Islington. I’d been in attendance for Ammi Boyz’s first ever headline show – at Off The Cuff back in March and from that experience alone, I expected energy, hype, mosh-pits and rage. I wasn’t left disappointed.
The crowd were treated to DJ sets by Trudy.JPG back to back with Omari Lyseight, playing everything from 88 Rising to Playboi Carti to Kali Uchis (I swear, it went off) and opening acts before Master Peace and YSTekDinner took the stage to perform what seemed like their 1000th set of the year (I swear, they’re the most hardworking people in music.) Performing crowd favourites like ‘Double Up’ and YS’s new single ‘Carni’, along with unreleased songs like ‘Heard She Got A Man’ had mosh-pits ensuing and crowd surfing from both Master Peace and YS. All of this and Ammi Boyz, who were on stage throughout Master Peace YS’s whole performance had not even taken the mic yet.
Then up stepped Nigz, PFromLee and the rest of the team; to continue the rage that Master Peace and YS had already started and take it to another level. Unspursingly, shirts came off, mosh-pits continued, and crowd surfing returned. What else do you expect from Grime’s biggest rock stars? That was my biggest takeaway from the show; just how different it was to any other ‘Grime’ show I’ve been too. Of course, Grime is all about energy and it always will be. But with Ammi Boyz, they take it to another level, and that’s not just with live performances either. Ammi Boyz music steers away from conventional and traditional grime music, so it only makes sense that their live shows steer away from conventional and traditional Grime shows.
Bigger venues and bigger headline shows are definitely in Ammi Boyz, Master Peace and YS’s future, but regardless if its 100 people, 1000 people or 20,000 people – energy is always a guarantee. Either bring all you’ve got…or don’t come.