Recapping an intimate night at The Jazz Cafe with IAMDDB, thanks to Annie Mac Presents
Words and Photos by Karan Teli
If you know anything about ‘Annie Mac Presents’, you’ll know it’s a night made for musicians, and real fans of music. Annie Mac uses her platform to put on events featuring upcoming and already established artists in small, intimate venues. She recently had Jimothy Lacoste, with support from Masterpeace at XOYO and Mahalia, fresh off a sold out show at Shepard’s Bush Empire performing at Oslo Hackney, just to name a few.
This was on display again at The Jazz Cafe, where artists Keyah/Blu and Oscar Jerome were the opening acts for Manchester’s R&B and Hip-Hop star IAMDDB.
IAMDDB performed in front of over 1000 people at Roundhouse less than 1 month ago, and here she was performing for less than 200 for an intimate show. That’s the beauty of Annie Mac Presents. A night for real musicians and real fans. Early into her set, IAMDDB acknowledged the intimacy of the crowd – “I’m usually turnt up on stage, but today, I just want to do chill vibes” she told the crowd, but with IAMDDB, and energetic hit songs like Pause and Shade, sometimes turning up is a must.
The intimacy, and ‘living in the moment’ was at an all time high when IAMDDB recalled a story of a time she was performing in Berlin, where it was “illegal’ for the crowd to be on their phones. She encouraged the small London crowd to do the same – phones away, Instagram and Snapchat stories away and purely just live and enjoy the moment with her. That’s the beauty of Annie Mac Presents – you’re up close and personal with an artist who could sell out that venue 10 times over.
It was an emotional night for IAMDDB herself too, as she confessed she always dreamed of performing at The Jazz Cafe, which finally came true for her, all thanks to Annie Mac.