SBSR Day two: Hip-hop and soul reign
If on the first day the indie and the rock were the kings, today they left the crown for the hip-hop and soul.
We started on the secondary stage, with Jessie Reyes. She’s considered one of the artists to watch by the Guardian, and she’s already a youtube sensation.
The Canadian singer proved to us why she’s an ascending star. She started singing, and we could feel the power of her voice touching the people.
She looked angry, but she’s a lover. She talked about her sound which had an energy that went from slow to fast progressively.
She ended the show crowd surfing and singing Blue Ribbon, one of the most upbeat songs she has.
She gave an amazing concert filled with emotion and anger, transmitting exactly the vibes of her music and herself. She is definitely an artist to follow.
Jessie Reyes let us dance and free our emotions, so there was no better way to slow down a bit than with some Portuguese hip-hop.
For that, Slow J is the name, a young guy that knows what he is doing, with slow but sharp rap and hip-hop music that makes you feel something.
He did just that in his set, he gave us all the slow emotions we needed and made us sing along. It seemed as if he transformed popular Portuguese music into hip-hop ones.
What a good vibe and sound he had. He gave us relaxing music on a beautiful sunset concert.
The Gift was the band that opened the main stage that day.
They’re another Portuguese band but with a lot of years on the road. They’ve been around since 1994.
They are an alternative pop group who mostly sing in English; they have amazing edgy songs.
They released a new album recently, so this was a concert dedicated to their new record. However, the public was not right for them.
There was a disconnection between the public and the band, they tried so hard to get the public’s attention, but they were not reacting to them.
It was a good concert but not for the crowd waiting for Future or London Grammar, and that was a pity.
Later on we dived into the world of soul with Akua Naru.
Akua Naru is an Afro American singer who lives in Germany. She released her first LP in 2011, and the critics loved her music.
She started the concert showing her amazing voice, and she enchanted everyone with it.
She transmitted the soul vibe through her instrumentals, saxophone, and voice. Everything was about the soul.
The greatest moment of the night was when she just wanted to talk about love and teach the public how to talk about it because music is love and everything is love.
She gave her soul to the public, and the public embraced her with love.
The night had started after a beautiful long day of music; the expectations were high for our mates London Grammar.
London Grammar is a trip hop, dream pop group from London, they released their first LP in 2013 which became a worldwide success. They just released their new album, on the 9th of June.
As they came up on the stage, we heard the powerful voice of Hannah Reid singing Hey Now and she got us hypnotised with her voice.
If you think that they just know how to give small concerts you are seriously mistaken, they know how to be on a big stage, they see the Big Picture.
They gave it all, slow moments, dancing moments; a bit of everything from both albums, not fixating too much on the new one, Truth Is A Beautiful Thing .
We were also lucky to have a cover, Nightcall by Kavinsky, giving more magic to this beautiful concert.
The best way to end the night was dancing to Future’s rap, a bold choice for the festival, but everything we expected from a rap concert.
Future is a rapper from America who started his career around 2010 and kept on growing until he was able to make collaborations with Drake, Kanye West, Rihanna and more. He is considered nowadays one of the biggest influences in the rap culture.
He minimally started the concert with just him on the stages rapping, and of course, there were some DJs giving us beats but we couldn’t see them.
After that, in came a group of three people joining him and dancing young choreographies. They were voguing and hip hop dancing which added something extra to the show.
Even though the show was simple, the public was jumping and dancing to the grime of Future loving every single second.
It was different, but in a good way; sometimes less is more, and Future knew that.
Stay tuned for day three…