Kano, Ghetts, Wretch 32 And Others Turn Iluvlive Upside Down!
ILuvLive put on their biggest night of the year so far on Monday night, with Kano performing an exclusive set to promote his new EP, 'Not 4 The A List'. It looked like it was going to be a promising night as I approached the XOYO venue in east London. The queue was already spilling out onto the street at 8pm...
ILuvLive was held in a smaller room that I imagined, or maybe that was because it was so heavily rammed to the brim. Holding onto our belongings tightly, we were skanking as soon as we hit the door, with a great mix of funky house, hip-hop and garage on spin. First up, Ras Kwame – who hosted the night – introduced Manchester-bred Ruby Ann Patterson to the stage. The 18-year-old used her soft, calming vocals to sing a song dedicated to her ex called 'Goodbye', describing it as a "big f**k you!"
After the jump, Rose Gabor grabbed the mic and literally tore up the stage performing her Redlight-produced track, 'Stupid'. After another skanking interval, Ghetts came out of nowhere and started spitting his verse from Wiley’s 'She Likes To'. Finally, the several guys who had been leaning against the wall all night regained consciousness – the venue was buzzing. He then went into 'Who’s On The Panel' (sorry, JP) and 'Artillery' – looking back at the whole night, I can definitely say that the audience connected with Ghetts the most.
Myself and others have noticed that Ghetts has recently adapted a smoother flow, whether that is because he is trying to evolve or become more versatile, I don’t know. However, that night, he was Ghetto again. Maybe that was because he was drunk, therefore he let go and did what he does best. Kano soon joined his friend on stage for their collaboration, 'House Of Pain' (cue the screaming ladies). They were also accompanied by Kano’s musical sidekick, Mikey J. Kano then performed some songs from the EP, which were, in all honesty, slightly above mediocre. I say this because I wasn’t the only one who pulled out their phone to fiddle with during this time.
However, when 'ET' came on, it all changed. The crowd went nuts again and I lost my view of the stage with all of the chaos around me. I started jumping manically when the screams became deafening and as the crowds shuffled, I saw why – Wretch 32 was on stage spitting his verse on the track. After 'ET', we got taken back to the early noughties with some classic bars being dropped. The crowd got more hyped with every wheel up, gunfingers were all over the place. It was clear to see that Ghetts and Kano have a great chemistry and even had many people talking about the two of them doing a joint EP.
After about 10 minutes of non-stop reloads, I got a bit fed up with waiting for the drop. I guess you could call it an anti-climax. It looked as if the crowd would have screamed at them doing the alphabet and I think they knew it, therefore, they were just having fun towards the end of the set. It was time for me to go home! Kudos to the ILuvLive team, because the event ran on time and it was well-executed. I will definitely be attending the next one.
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)