Live Review: Kanye West In London (Part Ii)
Sunday 24th February
Being as unpredictable as he is, Kanye West caught everyone off guard when he first announced he would be performing in Europe; the London shows were limited to two dates, with a third recently added for March 1. As the public should know, Kanye is like no other; attending the concert, it was clear that it would definitely be a unique performance, and in fact this is exactly what it was…
The stage was set out like none I had seen, as it was all white. The lights projected out, the venue went pitch black and all the white walls projected visuals of the artic mountains, with sounds effects of the wind being played out loud to create the physical scenery.
Kanye had no opening acts for the night so just after 9pm, the rapper dressed in all white was raised up and walked on to the stage calmly before performing his single ‘Cold’. His performance of ‘Jesus Walks’ was breathtaking, with visuals of thunder through the clouds. The rapper brought so much emotion to the song, clearly heard through his vocals - he later fell to his knees as the track closed.
The visuals changed to a colder setting, with fake snow falling from the top of the stage, creating the image of a ‘Cold Winter’. Kanye returned on stage with a white mask, as he began to make the transition into his ‘808s and Heartbreak’ phase.
To break from the gloomy imagery, the visuals had turned to a brighter spring setting with the birds flying in the clouds. The rapper performed ‘Flashing Lights’ and a range of his tracks. Ranges of wrong guitar notes were played from the start of the song, however the hype of the performance soon had the audience forget about this.
During the instrumental of ‘Clique’ he said to the audience, “Yesterday I wasn’t doing so well, but I got some s**t of my chest and I’m feeling good tonight.”
However, after performing the last song of the night, ‘Touch The Sky’, he screamed on the mic for about two minutes straight - it was full of so much anger. He bent down whilst he breathed in and screamed as loud as he could.
He then threw the mic in a fit of rage and walked off stage without saying a word. The mic fell in to the audience, and even though that was a questionable exit, the crowd still cheered for Kanye.
Words: Krishma Kudhail (@Krishy91)