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The Great Escape 2015: Boy Better Know review

By Editor
The Great Escape 2015: Boy Better Know review

It's surely been a dizzying few months for the Adenuga brothers - spearheading the second coming of grime is no mean feat.

After a string of hits over the past year or so, the Boy Better Know crew have amassed loads of new fans, building on their cult following. This is why 3 weeks ago Skepta organised a free show in a Hackney car park as a thank you to his loyalist supporters.

So, with all this in mind, it was a pretty acute move from the good people of The Great Escape to put as their closing act a deviation from the usual guitar driven indie acts. Their sound works well in the gritty asphalt of East London, but would it have the same effect at a lovely seaside town?

Entering the Brighton Dome, a venue that was built for Prince Regent in the early 1800s, there was a regal feel to the place. But rather than being full of aristocrats, it was packed with young people in hoodies and sportswear - something that might worry the average bystander.

Those who have been paying attention to the scene, however, will know that grime is trying to shake off this stereotype, ensuring the public that it is really about letting off some steam in an energetic way. It's little wonder why punk duo, Slaves, covered Skepta's most recent single, Shutdown, on a recent Live Lounge; it feels like the two genres are kindred spirits.

Of course, BBK wasn't the only MCs on the bill. After Ghetts put in a shift, Stormzy was up for warming up the crowd, too. Pulling out 'Know Me From' and 'Not That Deep'  from his arsenal. the audience, ranging from those who were around for the first wave of grime and teenage kids who'd recently jumped on it, were bouncing about.

Then came the main event. Boy Better Know's resident DJ, Maximum, appeared on stage first and started to spin 'That's Not Me' to rapturous screams. Then the brothers came, causing a stampede of people who were trying to get to the front as well as a mosh pit. 

 

 

It felt like the boys were in a rush as they powered through crowd pleaser after crowd pleaser, with Jammer coming to help out at one stage.

Finishing with the inescapable Shutdown was a fitting end to the night, as that is exactly what they did. The energy of the crowd was palpable as the crowd bashed against each other. Jumping down off the stage to give thanks to the front row, the pair shook hands and bumped fists and made their leave. A great end to one of the UK's most progressive festivals.

 

Tagged: skepta, great escape festival, brighton

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