May 19 saw one of the best on the UK urban scene grace The Stannary with his presence. Tottenham’s finest Jermaine Scott, otherwise known as Wretch 32, chose Falmouth as the last stop for his nationwide May Unorthodox Tour.
Although he’d gained early exposure in and around 2007, Wretch 32 saw commercial success with his hit Traktor. It was a truly special sight to have everyone who’d been involved with the tour overtake the stage and go nuts with the audience. Wretch’s set was comprised of songs from his second studio album Black & White which meant that he performed his next official single Hush Little Baby which features Ed Sheeran, Forgiveness, Anniversary (a personal favourite, thus the stand out performance of the night for me), and the more well-known Don’t Go. It’s fair to say the crowd we’re engaged from the beginning to the end of the set.
Now, it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t pay a whole bunch of elaborate dues to the support acts that blessed the stage before the main man himself. The level of talent stood before me was like little I had ever seen in one show before. The first to perform was Miss Kyra. This girl is one to look out for, with a voice like silk and a beautiful aura, Kyra provided us with, amongst showcasing a few of her songs, fabulous covers of Rihanna’s We Found Love and Beyoncé’s Halo. A short set from L Marshall, the featuring artist on Wretch 32′s Traktor, which was absolutely bursting with energy. But for me Jakwob and his singer Rocky Nti took things to another level. This was a whole lot more than just your bog standard dubstep set. It was mesmerising. Rocky’s velvet vocals paired with Jakwob’s fantastic skills made for an absolutely phenomenal set rounded off with a breath-taking performance of Electrify.
All in all, the gig proved to be a good one. Having said this, it would have been even better if Wretch were to have included at least a few songs from his first album Wretchrospective. I know that we have to take into consideration what is more commercially known etc… but as one crowd member put it, and quite rightly so, “I wish he knew how amazing it was.”
Photographs bu Chris Wilkins and Henrik Hildre