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[REVIEW] Plan B – Brixton Academy 09/10/10 by mozzatron

Last night, SME made our way to Brixton Academy to see East London boy Ben Drew aka Plan B, on the London leg of his ‘Defamation Of Strickland Banks’ U.K tour.

On support was a man known only as ‘Eric’. With the other scheduled support calling in sick and having to play an extended set; when it would have been easier to be swallowed up by the crowd, Eric came up trumps and instead had us eating from them the palm of his hand.

Armed with just a guitar, he made his way through a repertoire of old school sing-a-longs that your parents would have been jiving to 30 years ago; hits from the likes of The Specials and The Police went down a storm. It’s not often you will see a largely unknown artist and his guitar hold a sell-out crowd so effortlessly. Impressive!

Eric was finally relieved of his duties and on came a suited and booted, Faith SFX.

SME first saw U.K beatbox champion Faith SFX perform at a gaming exhibition about 6 years ago, to a crowd of no more than 20. He couldn’t have been any older than 17 at the time, yet he still blew us away.
Several years on and he’s ‘playing’ to sell out crowds every night, supporting Plan B on a U.K tour. Deserved.

He beatboxed for about 15 minutes going through a host of tunes ranging from incredible renditions of Tinnie Tempah’s ‘Pass Out’ and Chase & Status ‘Africa V.I.P’ (check out the video footage below) to Swedish House Mafias ‘One’ and funky house anthem ‘I Don’t Want Nobody Baby’.

How do you follow that!? Incredible talent.

Plan B took the stage, and kept spirits up by opening with the melodic ‘Writing On The Wall’. Backed by his band and dancers, he made his way through the ‘Defamation Of Strickland Banks’ album with real energy.

‘Recluse’ and ‘She Said’ inevitably drew the biggest cheers of the night as everyone sang along, but nothing got the crowd more excited than when he announced “all this new shit is getting boring” before belting out the classic ‘Charmaine’. It has to be said this would have been even better had he performed it acoustically, but hey nothings perfect!

Plan B left the stage announcing that he had started taking music seriously 10 years ago and that performing tonight to a sell out crowd at Brixton Academy was the highlight of his decade in the industry. Emotional.

And so for the encore. It was as if the evening had come full circle when the music reverted to old school tunes that Eric would have been proud of!
Plan B performed classics like ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Tracks Of My Tears’ but when we thought he had gone all soppy on us, enter stage left Faith SFX…

He provided grimey beats as they put a dubstep twist on these classics; the crowd went nuts as they went out with a bang! It was genius. Check out the footage below:

This was a great gig thanks to some very talented Londoners.


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Must have been a hell of a show!

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