Monday, 2 August 2010

CONCERT REVIEW: Chipmunk At The iTunes Festival, London

Since its launch back in 2007, the iTunes Festival has seen a whole host of artists take to its stage in what’s meant to be an ‘intimate live recording session’ with fans. Last Tuesday was the turn of UK Grime/Pop artist Chipmunk at Camden's Roundhouse.

Support was offered on the night by up and coming artist, Daisy Dares You, who opened for Chipmunk in an attempt to get the crowd going. In all truthfulness, she didn’t do an amazing job and it wasn’t until Chipmunk himself came out that the crowd became energized.

And he definitely brought out a crowd that night (although not as big as one might have thought)!
Opening with Saviour , the MOBO winner had the whole audience screaming and singing along as soon as he touched the stage. He performed a number of songs from his debut album I Am Chipmunk including his chart toppers Oopsy Daisy and Until You Were Gone, where he brought out Esmee Denters to perform with him. Chipmunk even surprised the audience by paying tribute to the legend that is Michael Jackson by getting the audience to sing along with him to Rock With You.

It was, however, a bit disappointing to see that the crowd didn’t seem to fully understand or appreciate when Chipmunk went back to his roots by performing a few of his more grime tracks, the genre of music that put him on the map. For example, Uh Ay, an up tempo album track that has the feel of being a crowd pleaser, didn’t get its deserved response. Even when he performed his verse from Wiley’s She Likes To and brought out Wretch 32, the crowd was almost at a standstill.
Despite this, Chipmunk still managed to pull off a good performance. Admittedly, he’s not one of the most enthused performers out there, but his presence alone seemed to keep the crowd at its peak.

Chipmunk returned to the stage for an encore in which he performed Look for Me and, to the delight of his many female fans, took off his shirt and threw it into the crowd. An overall enjoyable evening!

Review by Casey Elisha

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