#REVIEW Spotify’s ‘Who We Be’ event was an incredible success


Last night, Alexandra Palace was filled with a buzz of people all waiting for the Spotify’s Who We Be playlist to come to life. And what a night it was!

Spotify’s first UK Live event was an incredible success, showcasing a line up featuring Stefflon Don, Cardi B, Bugzy Malone, J Hus, Giggs and Dizzee Rascal.

Despite the freezing cold, bitter weather, the sold out venue was packed filled with people, excited for what was about to happen.

When I first turned up, Hardy Caprio was on stage supporting, and he really got the audience pumped and excited for the night ahead. I rate Hardy Caprio highly so I was so excited to see him, it was a brilliant surprise!

That was it in terms of support however, and it shortly led into Stefflon Don. After winning ‘Best Female Act’ at the MOBO’s the nightbefore, she absolutely shelled down her performance. Performing ‘Real Ting’ and her new joint with Skepta ‘Ding-A-Ling’ she then finished with her chart hitting single with French Montana ‘Hurtin’ Me’. She gave so much energy to her performance and had crazy back up dancers, too.

After Stefflon Don’s amazing performance, Bugzy Malone came on stage, and he performed a few songs, including some Garage style bangers like the ‘Through The Night’ remix he has with DJ Luck and MC Neat and also his track ‘MAD’ which samples the Garage classic ‘King of my castle’. Bugzy also bought out Tom Grennan for their hit single ‘Memory Lane’.

Cardi B then rolled through next and shelled it down, performing three or four songs and her most recent number Billboard 100 number 1 hit ‘Bodak Yellow’. She gave an incredible performance with non stop energy and twerking.

After the amazing performance from Cardi B, there was a video played to the audience on a big screen of Michael Dapaah aka Big Shaq backstage at Alexandra Palace. The crowd went wild as he then came on stage to perform ‘Mans Not Hot’.

After a ten minute interval, man of the moment J Hus came on stage to perform, and I would say personally, he was my favourite. He gave such an energetic performance, singing ‘Bouff Daddy’, ‘Lean and Bop’, ‘Clartin’, ‘Spirit’, ‘Dem Boy Paigon’ ‘Friendly’ and then the end song being the MOBO winner of ‘Best Song’ ‘Did You See’. It was an absolute madness, his set, his DJ sampled garage music throughout and wheeled up his tracks, and J Hus completely shut it down, the audience went crazy for him.

After the hype of that performance, Giggs came out and bought special guest Sneakbo for their performance of ‘Active’. Giggs gave a brilliant performance, doing a range of songs from old and new, including ‘KMT’, ‘Lock Doh’, ‘Linguo’ and ending with ‘Whippin’ Excursion’.

The night had nearly come to an end and the crowd, beyond hyped at this point, were so ready for Dizzee Rascal’s set. Performing a large chunk of ‘Boy In Da Corner’, the atmosphere was crazy.

The night was a success for so many reasons, the wait between each act was little that it didn’t allow for people to get bored and frustrated, and we were met with tracks between each acts from Not3s, Stormzy, Yungen, Yxng Bane and many more.

2017 has been a pivotal year for Spotify and indeed the music scene in general and this event and live show was a testament to both the artists involved and Spotify’s successes this year.

I hope it is an annual event, out of all the gigs I have been fortunate enough to attend this year, this event topped all.

Congratulations to all who performed, and were involved in the organisation of this event.

If you were not there and missed it, I filmed a lot and put it on my Instagram story (alicereviewsmusic). If you were there, tweet me or get in touch and tell me who your favourite was!