Last night, NUBI hit up Chibuku’s first night of the year at Arts Club. Set within the artistic architecture of Liverpool’s eclectic city centre, we were here to see the man himself: Stormzy. Rocketing to fame with anthems like Shut Up, Know Me From and his Wicked Skengman freestyle series, this guy is making serious waves in UK music right now – if you don’t know who he is, you’ve clearly been sleeping under a rock.
Also among the line up were up-and-coming London rap outfit, Section Boyz, Boy Better Know’s Frisco, and DJ No Fakin who kicked off the night in style. Laying down a 2 hour set of straight gold, I don’t know how appreciated he truly was – but I was gassed; hearing Kaytranada, Wu-Tang Clan’s C.R.E.A.M and Busta Rhymes’ Break Ya Neck in a club environment really got everyone feeling the vibe. Hats off to you dude, we will definitely be coming back to jam to your sets.
Once Stormzy made his way on stage, we got crushed. You want a full body workout? Forget the gym, stand at the front of a Stormzy set for a half an hour and try not to get either swept off your feet or pushed face first into the floor. Definitely not the place to be for the claustrophobic or sensitive of hearing, this was the most vicious but fun mosh pit I’ve ever been in, and really encompassed how a crowd should be.
The crowd were going absolutely nuts for the entire set – say what you will about Stormzy as an artist, but you can’t fault him as a performer. He worked the crowd perfectly, constantly whipping them into more and more of a frenzy, referring to them as the “energy crowd” and dropping banger after banger. He sounds exactly the same live as he does on recordings – no backing track nonsense, just straight, raw, aggressive, to-the-point grime. And boy did it work.
All in all, Liverpool be proud: Chibuku repped you well. Definitely one of the liveliest club events we’ve been to in a long time, with a great vibe, cool people and a seriously excellent crowd and line up.
If you’re not already checking them out on Facebook to see what their next show is, you’re well and truly slipping, people. Chibuku is the club to beat.