Gig review: Rizzle Kicks at O2 Academy Leeds

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Following the release of their sophomore album ‘Roaring 20s’, Rizzle Kicks are back in Leeds, playing to a sold out O2 Academy, as part of their on-going UK headline tour.

The “special guests” tonight include Thunderbird Gerard and Nathalie BangBang.

Thunderbird Gerard set the standard tonight. Coming all the way from Berlin to bring the O2 to life with songs that’d be perfect in a club setting. Nathalie Bangbang was the pop diva for the night. Although she had the air of popstar she didn’t seem too genuine.

When Rizzle Kicks came on to the Warner Bros theme intro, it felt like we had been waiting too long. The excitement felt by everyone in the crowd was unfathomable and they didn’t

pull any punches when it came to their live show. “Are you ready to have fun” was all that was needed to set things off.

Rizzle Kicks mixes intensity with, in all honesty, rather cringe-worthy pantomime/skits. Thankfully those moments didn’t take up too much time. When it got to “the mellow part”, it was welcomed with open arms. It was at this point that we got to see the individual talent in Rizzle Kicks.

Jordan got called out to freestyle. Repeated cries of “do it”, ‘encouraged’ him to freestyle rap so fast it was impossible to make out a word. Harley caught the crowds attention with an even jazzier live version of ‘The Reason I Live’.

The last part of the set is where the tracks like ‘When I Was A Youngster’ , ‘Mama Do The Hump’, and ‘Let’s Get Down With The Trumpets’ really set the crowd off. Rizzle Kicks definitely put on a gig for the family, and the emphasis on fun really does keep the atmosphere friendly and positive.

Gig date: February 28

Nick Hodgson.

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