I arrived at Koko around 4.30pm and as to be expected there were people already queueing. There were about 20 people in front of me but this turned into more due to friends joining friends etc. It does kind of annoy me that people do this. I had come to terms with the people who had joined the front of the queue but when two people joined up with the two girls in front of me was annoying. Still when the doors opened I ran to the front barrier. The fact the steps are hidden was an advantage point as people wondered how to get downstairs. In the end I was third row, yes it may of not been my favourite place but it was the best position I was going to get. This night was Tinie’s homecoming and it was simply incredible as there were plenty of special guests who shared the stage. Support came from Bluey Robinson who sang an impressive version of B.O.B’s Nothin On You and a mash up of JLS The Club Is Alive and Kings Of Leon Use Somebody. The surprising thing about the set is the fact he didn’t sing his cover of Michael Jackson’s Rock With You. While Chiddy Bang got the crowd worked up and free styled and included words in the freestyle the crowd shouted out.
Before Tinie came onstage there was a backstage video shown on the screen. Everyone was chanting for him. The first song on the night was Intro and then Simply Unstoppable. These are the first two tracks on the album. The intro is an impressive rap which oozed energy. “London is the best city in the world” Tempah said before launch into Simply Unstoppable. Again it was an impressive rap backed with images of Simon Cowell and Wrigley’s gum. Frisky was then the next song played and it got the crowd excited. A cover of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance followed and it was completely unique. It was an energetic song and Tempah definitely worked the crowd. “I love you London” Tinie said before playing pre Pass Out song Tears. Invincible minus Kelly Rowland had the whole audience chanting the words Invincible. However Kelly did make a video message saying sorry she couldn’t be there. It was then onto Let Go then Obsession. Let go of your obsessions Tinie told the crowd. Unique cover Viva La Vida was incredible. It was Tinie Tempah karaoke and that’s what it was a massive sing along. The final song on the night was Written In The Stars which is a infectious ballad which sounded incredible. Joining Tempah was Eric Turner. Once over the band went off stage only to return moments later. Now hearing Wonderman was a complete surprise. There was a video played on the screen when Tinie was singing. The video had been computer generated and featured a blonde haired woman who was supposed to be Ellie. To my surprise Ellie appeared on stage and it was brilliant and was in fact the first time they had performed the song together. It was then onto Illusion then there were another two collaborations. The first was Just A Little featuring Bluey Robinson while Hello Good Morning featured Tinchy Stryder. Before playing Hello Good Morning Tinie apologised to the U Stream viewers after having said Northern people don’t really get what a mixtape is. Finally there was a video call to Sweedish Mafia headquarters. This being Miami 2 Ibiza and the crowd were most certainly buzzing. There was red shiny ticker tape fired into the air plus the addition of the X Factor contestants. So once of the stage there was one song which frankly everyone knew was coming. “Where’s my fucking clap, Where’s my encore” Tempah said before coming back onto the stage. Pass Out ended a truly amazing night. During the set there was an intense atmosphere but it wasn’t as rowdy as I had expected.
Viva La Vida
Written In The Stars
Just A Little
Hello Good Morning
Miami 2 Ibiza
OVERALL: Fantastic night which featured special guests. I was surprised to hear Wonderman with Ellie that was a real treat. As for the atmosphere it was really intense but it didn’t match up to what went on during his set at V Festival.