Skepta on sold-out Alexandra Palace show: “I’ve been waiting for this moment”

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Grime star welcomed JME, Giggs, Kano and Lethal Bizzle to the stage

Skepta performed a sold-out set at Alexandra Palace, marking the grime artist’s biggest show to date.

Performing cuts from his Mercury Music Prize album ‘Konnichiwa’, he welcomed JME on stage for ‘That’s Not Me’, Giggs for ‘Whippin Excursion’, Kano for ‘3 Wheels Up’ and Lethal Bizzle for ‘Pow’.

Wretch 32 also performed his track ‘Liberation’, later adding that it was “an honour and a pleasure and a privilege” to perform alongside Skepta. You can see some fan filmed footage from the show below.

Pausing the set briefly to talk to the audience, Skepta said; “Thank you very much to every last person in this building right now, this is mans ends, this is my ends. When I was younger I used to come here and ice skate; I used to come here back in the day and feed the ducks but today we’re here, sold out.”

Before performing hit single ‘Shut Down’ he added; “I appreciate every last one of you in this building right now. I got a mad energy burning inside me right now because mans never been in Ally Pally when it’s shut down.”

Speaking before performing ‘Man’, Skepta addressed the BBK collective, stating them to be “my friends until the end, my friends that never turned on me, my friends that always told me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear”.

Ending the set, he said; “Today we put the fucking flag in the moon.”

Skepta played:
No Security
Konnichiwa
That’s Not Me (with Jme)
Ace Hood Flow
Liberation (Wretch 32 cover) (with Wretch 32)
Corn on the Curb (with Wiley)
Crime Riddim
Numbers
It Ain’t Safe (with Young Lord)
Whippin Excursion (Giggs cover) (with Giggs)
Man Don’t Care (Jme cover) (With JME & Giggs)
3 Wheel-ups (Kano cover) (with Kano)
Nasty
Lyrics (with Novelist)
Ladies Hit Squad (with D Double E)
What’s Going On (Shorty cover) (with Shorty)
Detox (With Shorty, Frisco & Jammer)
Pow! (Lethal Bizzle cover) (With Lethal Bizzle & JME)
#Worst (Section Boyz cover) (with Section Boyz)
Shutdown
Man (Gang)

Meanwhile, Skepta is among the artists who have been booked to perform on Top Of The Pops’ annual Christmas and New Year specials next month.

Last week, Wiley shared his new video, which features Skepta. The visuals for ‘You Were Always’ sees Wiley, Skepta and North London MC Belly all lamenting their relationship issues.