Dropout UK @ Radio 1Xtra Live
Dropout UK Head To Wembley To Witness The Coming Of Age Of The UK Urban Scene
Music events hosted by the world famous BBC are always of the highest caliber (just cast your minds back to the previous line ups of Radio 1’s Big Weekend, which have included acts like Justin Bieber, The Prodigy and Madonna) so when Dropout UK were invited to attend 1Xtra Live 2010 at Wembley Arena we cleared our diaries.
It promised to be an incredible night with a vast range of the top artists in hip hop, R&B and urban music ranging from high-charting newcomer Katy B, to N-Dubz and to the effortlessly cool surprise performer Cee Lo Green. With over 12,000 tickets distributed to lucky fans it lived up to every expectation. Kicking the night off in style with smoke jets and the kind of lighting you’d only expect from one of the world’s best indoor arenas was Tinchy Stryder who sent the already excited crowd into overdrive with a fantastic performance of In My System, he was then joined onstage by Dappy from N-Dubz to play out with their aptly titled collaboration Number 1, whilst also calling on the services of fellow UK artists Tinie Tempah, Devlin and Professor Green sans Example and Giggs to perform Game Over,and ended his brief but fantastic set with a debut of his brand new single Second Chance.
Labrinth, who pulled a stunning reaction from the audience, Katy B and Gyptian continued to turn up the atmosphere in preparation for the evening’s headlining acts to make their appearances. Lights dimmed and screams pierced the roof of Wembley Arena as electronic sounds whizzed across the sound system and Miami-born chart topper Jason Derulo, complete with laser gloves, took to the stage with his talented crew of dancers. After a visually stunning two-minute introduction, he belted his way through Sky’s The Limit, Whatcha Say, Ridin’ Solo and In My Head. Vocally, Derulo’s performance was flawless and his abilities as a dancer were just as hot. Proving to be a hard act to follow, Devlin’s grime-tinged MC style was well received following his recent stint in the UK Top 40 with single Brainwashed, and his new track Runaway featuring Yasmin was very strong, but perhaps his placement in the line up between the more mainstream artists should have been reconsidered.
After a short onstage battle between two of the 1Xtra DJs, which featured one-minute segments of tracks like Kings of Leon’s Use Somebody, the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel Airand House of Pain’s Jump Around, the venue blacked out and the pyrotechnics lit it up for one of the UK’s biggest artists of this year.
Tinie Tempah emerged on a moving platform, which slid out toward the crowd as the opening bars of his summer anthem Frisky rang out around the North London hot bed of musical talent, and flames shot up across the front of the stage in sync with the track. Tinie’s live band are a real asset to his sound and took the energy of his show to a different level as he powered through Miami 2 Ibiza, his brand new winner of a single Written In The Stars and finished on an ultimate high with a blistering rendition of Pass Out as the entire audience sang it back to him.
Cee Lo Green was the night’s surprise act, one half of Gnarls Barkley and now deliciously distinctive solo artist, who came to the centre stage platform to show off his mind-blowing vocal styling with I Want You and the nicely-edited-for-airplay Forget You, which established fans will know as Fuck You. Either way and which ever version, it’s an unforgettable track and his two short songs more than rivaled the longer sets from the other artists of the night.
Roll Deep maintained the pace set by the previous acts with their number one singles Good Times and Green Light, and were followed by the phenomenal rapper from Atlanta who we all know by now as B.o.B. His set was fuelled by the love of what he does and he put his all into Airplanes pt. 1, addictive hit Nothin’ On You and a fast and furious performance of his upcoming release which features Rivers Cuomo from Weezer, Magic.
The well-loved group N-Dubz, who started off with Need You, closed the epic night, and their tight on-stage dynamic drew in the crowd for one last high-octane, frenetic experience of this musical extravaganza. They followed up with several more album tracks such as Na Na and Strong Again before shutting the place down with Playing With Fire. What a night.
Check out B.O.B's performance!