Wretch 32: The Live Review!
Jermaine Scott, better known as Wretch 32, is enjoying phenomenal success following a succession of top five singles and smash hit album, 'Black and White'. Last week, the Tottenham-raised star proved that he can cut it live, too. The crowd at south-east London’s Pulse went crazy as soon as Wretch took to the stage, and the love in the air was palpable all night...
The show could’ve been dubbed 'Wretch 32 & Friends', as whilst the rapper’s infectious energy and impeccable flow dominated the stage, he was joined by a host of other talented vocalists and backed by a fantastic live band and made a point of warmly introducing everyone individually. The collaborative vibe enhanced the intimate, friendly atmosphere of a very special show.
He focused predominantly on tracks from his recent album, 'Black and White', but also dipped into his back catalogue for day-one fans – pointing out that he has been around for a long time. Wretch’s new single, Forgiveness was a highlight. The track features Labrinth’s talented new label signing, Etta Bond, who looked thrilled to be performing with the MC on the night.
Their spellbinding performance was interrupted by the sudden onstage appearance of Hollyoaks' 'Bart McQueen', played by Johnny Clarke, who burst onto the stage and began to recite a dramatic declaration of love to the audience, to the excitement of Hollyoaks fans in the crowd and the sheer puzzlement of everyone else. Everyone looked on in shock before he was ushered offstage. Wretch 32 then launched into a magnificently epic rendition of melancholy fan favourite and number one single, 'Don’t Go'.
The theatrical turn was explained afterwards when Johnny Clarke hopped back onstage to announce that the show will be featured in a special episode of the Channel 4 teen soap, which received many whoops and cheers from an already keyed up audience. He also made a point of urging the crowd to tweet about Wretch. The interlude was fun, but it was clear that the crowd were keen to get lost in the music once again, so the lyricist and his band pulled out all the stops for the final segment – vocally, instrumentally and visually.
Flashing white strobes and the banging beat of rousing grime-pop anthem 'Traktor' ended the night on a huge high, and the audience were left clamouring for more. Fast-forward 24 hours and #wretch32 was trending worldwide. Quite right, too!
Words: Laura Vevers (@LauraV88)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)