The SSE Arena, Wembley – 9th April
Creating all sorts of feels, Craig David provides a flawless night of entertainment to his loyal crowd at Wembley.
In what was an emotional and nostalgic performance for the Southampton born artist, Craig David took us on a rollercoaster ride of his 17-year career, reflecting old to new to his audience of mixed generations.
From the get-go, opening the night with ‘Ain’t Giving Up’, he was energetic. Armed with a colourful stage, impressive backing singers and a live band, he exhumed star quality with a polished and professional setup.
Giving the audience a commentary behind some of the most important songs of his career, Craig shared that his 2000 hit single ‘Walking Away’, changed his life and also humbly acknowledged the tougher times of his journey in music as he spoke about overcoming adversity before singing his version of Sting’s ‘Rise and Fall’. He was also able to stir up memories for his long-time fans with classics such as ‘7 Days’. But the night wasn’t just about nostalgia. The singer also weaved in tracks from his 2016 album Follow My Intuition such as ‘Warm It Up’, inspired by the reggae his father played during his childhood.
Ensuring he showed off all of his talents, Craig proved his MCing skills are still on point when he transitioned to his TS5 set – a new project which sees him DJ, MC, sing and use a live band – for roughly the second half of the gig. Reminding us just how good of a DJ he is, the night went from concert to rave. Playing garage, RnB, dancehall, grime to house, his set kept the audience on their feet with classics such as Monstaboy’s ‘Sorry’ and Sean Paul’s ‘Temperature’, with Tinie Tempah also jumping on stage as a surprise guest to perform ‘Pass Out’.
Ending the night with his ‘Fill Me In (remix)’, Craig David reminded us why his successful career is so valuable to British music. With his steadfast talent and sound, the singer showed what it means to stand the test of time.