Kano Shuts Down London Leg Of His ‘Made In The Manor’ Tour
Saturday March 19 2016.
A date for the history books as Kano puts on the wickedest show for his hometown.
Four dates into his ‘Made In The Manor’ tour, Kano brought the whole production to London town. East London’s Troxy to be more specific. And what a special moment it was.
Elijah & Skilliam were called upon to hold to the fort in between acts, and hold it down is exactly what they did. The energy in the room last night was correct, right from the beginning of the show. There was a real genuine love in the room coming from everyone, which can really only come from true music fans gathering to vibes to the music they love - and this was fed to them in abundance by Elijah & Skilliam who knew exactly how to work their sets.
Dave was the first act to step on the stage last night. At only 17-years old, it’s clear that he’s destined for something special. After releasing a sick ‘Fire In The Booth’ for Charlie Sloth just a couple of weeks ago, he’s got a lot more talking about him, and people tipping him for the top. In what must be a whirlwind for the young rapper, he last night got to feel what his life could end up being, as he tore down the Troxy stage. Throughout his set, it was really obvious how much it meant to Dave. As he performed he spoke about how grateful he was, and how he’s still learning, and as the house lights flashed on for a few seconds, Dave was taken back by how busy the venue was, ‘Rah, there’s actually bare people out there!’.
Up next on stage was Dapz, Tempa, Swifta Beater and Scorpz. Hailing from Birmingham, these guys have been making very serious moves both individually and collectively - so if you don’t follow them all yet, make sure you do from now. You’re welcome! These four came out with the sickest energy ready to show London how they do it up North.
Next up to rip the stage, was Jammz, Mic Ty and Jack Dat. And the energy brought by these guys - oh my word. The sick thing about their set, was that you could have broken it up into 3 individual pieces, and each one of them could have held it down; so the powers of them coming together was mad.
So now onto the main man himself. The reason for the whole event. By this point, Troxy was packed out, and waiting for Kano - the man who bagged his first ever top 10 album a couple of weeks ago - to come out and work his magic on the crowd. When KA first stepped on stage, the crowd roared. This has to be one of the hypes crowds we’ve seen in a while. Looking round the room as Kano went from track to track, the audience were mesmerised. Each in their own little musical bubble whilst collectively being taken on the epic ‘Made In The Manor’ journey.
There’s way too many moments to mention from Kano’s set, because it was all special, and it all went down sick with the crowd. Coming out to ‘Hail’ the crowd went off. As the show went on, everyone seemed to know every single word to every track. This was something KA picked up on and looked genuinely shocked by, telling us all that ‘we’ve made his whole year’.
Going onto perform tracks like, ‘Flow Of The Year’, ’T-Shirt Weather In The Manor’, ‘Reload It’, the crowd just got more and more hype with mosh pits going off in front of the stage. Now, by the time Kano got to ‘3 Wheel-Ups’ the energy in the room was mental. As you can imagine, it was wheel up after wheel up after wheel up. And to help light up the energy even more, Giggs casually walked out on stage to join his boy and yet again, the crowd went absolutely nuts. KA told us all that he was going for the record with us, and we even though lost count, we’re pretty sure it must have been 4 or 5 wheel ups for sure. Kano then moved onto ‘Mic Check’ before taking it allllll the way back to perform his first ever single, ‘Boys Love Girls’.
The next guest to bless the stage was Ghetts. He joined Kano on stage and then ended up performing his own track, ‘One Take’. Barely a few seconds into the track, we were back in wheel up central. The way that Ghetts came out and killed his guest appearance was mad - you could have almost thought that it was his own tour. Speaking of his own tour, that must be pending now, right? That needs to happen.
Okay so back to Kano… It wouldn’t be fair for him to not bring out the old school bangers would it? ‘Brown Eyes’ still holds that real special slot on any set list so it’s only right that it goes off when it’s played. It just proves how strong Kano’s back catalogue is, and that he’s actually been doing this for a long time!
By the time we got to the encore part of the show, you could have easily mistaken the crowd for a zoo. Mosh pits were everywhere. Everyone was on their feet jumping - so much so that we’re pretty sure we felt the balcony bouncing! So then when ‘Ps & Qs’ came on, you already know what happened right? We don’t need to tell you how well it went down do we? Cool! And then obviously, to round off the night, Kano had to go in with his ‘Garage Skank Freestyle’. This track had one of the sickest reactions of the night, and it was a perfect end.
All in all. Kano managed to put on one of the best live shows we’ve been to - ever (and we’ve been to a lot…). We’ve rounded up a few tweets from some familiar faces to once again prove to you, the magic that happened last night!
Last night my Brother @TheRealKano Smashed his London show last night 💥💥 & When Giggs & Ghetts came out 😳😳😳 Absolutely Mental!!!
— Buck (@buckotb) March 20, 2016
Last night felt like some real home town love
— #YOUDUNKNOW (@JCLARKE_GHETTS) March 20, 2016
— SC & IG: sILLecta (@djillnessuk) March 20, 2016
I think @TheRealKano concert might be the best I've ever been to.
— Nick Brewer (@ItsNickBrewer) March 20, 2016
— Guvna B (@GuvnaB) March 20, 2016
What Kano did last night, was legendary. It’s a show that won’t be forgotten in a hurry. It only goes to prove just how healthy the whole UK scene is looking right now, and is a nod to how epic Kano’s journey has been, and will definitely continue to be - and we’re super grateful that we got to witness it all!
In the words of KA himself, he came to the dance and…*two gun-fingers* ‘leng it down’.
Big up Kano.
Words: Tasha Demi