Dizzee Rascal kicked off the summer festival season over the weekend (June 21) as he headlined the first Eden Sessions 2014 gig with Asus Transformer Book. Couldn’t make it? Good thing we were then to bring you all the best snaps and catch you up on all the action then, isn’t it?
The rapper halted his set halfway through his second song, ‘Jus A Rascal’, to break up a fight between two scuffling punters. “Don’t kick ‘em out! Don’t kick ‘em out!” he told security. “Just separate them. Peace and love and all that kind of shit.”
He then joked “No-one’s got shot, no-one’s got stabbed” to laughter from the crowd and continued with his next song: a storming version of ‘I Don’t Need A Reason’.
The rapper played tracks including ‘I Luv U’, ‘Sirens’, ‘Stand Up Tall’ and ‘We Don’t Play Around’ during his set, as well as hit singles ‘Dance Wiv Me’, ‘Holiday’ and ‘You Got The Dirtee Love’.
He finished his set with an extended version of ‘Bonkers’, which included a spectacular stage show including flashing green lazers, large plumes of smoke, fireworks and falling confetti.
Katy B had taken to the stage before Dizzee and included a cover of Baby D’s 1994 house classic ‘Let Me Be Your Fantasy’ in her set as well as material from her 2011 debut ‘On A Mission’ and its follow-up ‘Little Red’, which was released earlier this year.
Wearing a zebra-print outfit and backed by four backing dancers also clad in black and white, she began with ‘Emotions’ as she told the crowd: “When the DJ drops a tune, it gets everyone feeling the same emotion at the same time”.
Before ‘Broken Record’, meanwhile, she demanded: “Are we ready to tear up the lawn? I wanna see it in shreds.”
After racing through ‘Easy Please Me, ‘Aaliyah’ and ‘Crying For No Reason’, she saved the best for last: a fierce, jungle-influenced version of ‘Katy On A Mission’, which drew a huge reaction from the growing crowd. She then bowed out with ‘Lights On’, which was dedicated to “all the 24 hour party people who never want to stop.”