Wretch 32 plays 'best show for a long time' with Durex's intimate gig at Glee Club

UK rapper Wretch 32 plays back-catalogue with a live band at exclusive event for Durex Intimate Sessions

Wretch 32 plays 'best show for a long time' with Durex's intimate gig at Glee Club

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UK rapper Wretch 32 became the third artist to perform as part of the Durex 'Intimate Sessions' series when he played a special gig in Birmingham’s super-small Glee Club last night (September 18).

Just 250 competition winners got to see the star rework his back-catalogue with a live band in a one-off stripped-back show. The setlist – which incorporated songs from 'Wretchrospective', 'Black And White' and a few choice cuts of upcoming album 'Growing Over Life' – was a "journey of life", as the rapper described it, encompassing a boy-meets-girl narrative, and the journey of self realisation which Wretch has been on over the last few years. On stage appearances came from Jacob Banks and Shakka. The 11-song setlist included a cover of Justin Timberlake's 'Suit And Tie' too.

New songs included 'Flatline', a track about making the most of life while you can – "If you’ve got life you better live it, if you’ve got love you better give it" – which the MC wrote to encapsulate the "mad high’s and deep lows" that everyone experiences in life and the extremities of show business. Wretch 32, who's just finished playing the festival circuit, ended the night by saying, "This is the smallest crowd I’ve played to this year, and I’m not just saying this, but it’s the best show I’ve done in a long time."

The Durex 'Intimate Sessions series continues to bring artists closer to the music and to each other in London on 9th October with Tribes headlining. http://www.durexintimatesessions.co.uk/the-gigs/tribes/

SETLIST:

'Traktor'
'All That I Need'
'Don’t Go'
'Anniversary'
'Suit And Tie'
'Flatline'
'Doing OK'
'Don’t Be Afraid'
'Don’t Kill My Vibe'
'Forgiveness'
'Blackout'

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