Grime’s next rock stars put on a headline show to remember
Words and Photos by Karan Teli
Last time I saw videos of a Tory Lanez concert, he was hanging off ceilings, crowd surfing and every single person in attendance was loving it. After that, I’ve always had high expectations for one of his shows.
O2 Brixton Academy, one of London’s biggest concert venues, has hosted the likes of Travis Scott, Migos and Lil Uzi Vert in just the past year alone; all of who put on great shows. Tory Lanez was taking to the stage for his Memories Don’t Die Tour, and can definitely add himself to the list.
Supported by Tion Wayne, who also brought out Afro B to perform ‘Drogba’, one of the years biggest songs, was the perfect crowd-pleasing opening act. But the stage totally belonged to Tory Lanez. From the first second, it was nothing but energy from Tory. Running across the stage (making it almost impossible to take pictures, but I got it done) and crowd surfing literally began from the get go. Performing album cuts such as Skrt Skrt, along with fan favourites Luv and Say It, plus arguably his most energetic song; Diego, these were the clear standouts from the show, as I expected.
There was a point where Tory had crowd surfed so much, he was almost in the middle of the crowd, being carried up high by his loyal fans. Speeches of how thankful he was to the crowd, and London in particular for ‘supporting him from shows at Birthdays to this’ gave fans a moment to catch their breath, but not before Stefflon Don, one of 2018’s biggest UK artists took the stage for a special guest appearance, to bless fans with a performance of Hurtin’ Me.
Tory Lanez had placed somewhat lofty expectations on his shoulders for his live shows given his past, and he delivered on them. It was a stand out show, and something that the 5000+ fans in attendance will remember for a long time.