August 30, 2013 17:30

Plan B plays intimate show at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

The rapper and singer's set in front of 2,000 people was streamed online

Plan B plays intimate show at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Photo: Derek Bremner/NME

Plan B played an intimate show at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London on Thursday (August 29).

The show, organised to mark the switch on of mobile provider O2’s 4G service in London, was streamed live across the internet and at outdoor locations across London.

The 29-year-old singer, real name Ben Drew, played in front of a bank of LED screens showing scenes from the 2012 film he directed, Ill Manors.

The 14-song set was drawn from all three of his albums — ‘Who Needs Actions When You Got Words’ (2006), ‘The Defamation Of Strickland Banks’ (2010) and ‘Ill Manors’ (2012) — with many songs running into one another. He opened with 'Writing's On The Wall', saying, "It feels good to be back in this venue".

Dressed casually in a colourful shirt, he went on to play tracks like 'Welcome To Hell' and 'She Said', with the 2,000-strong crowd singing the words back to him.

In a joking nod to recent controversy surrounding his performance supporting Eminem at Slane Castle, Dublin, where he walked off stage early claiming the crowd were "tired", he repeatedly asked the crowd, "Where’s the mosh pit?" during 'Pieces'.

At the end of his main set, Drew bargained with the organisers, asking to be allowed to return for an encore. He ended up playing two tracks, ‘Live Once’ and then ‘Stay Too Long’.

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