Dizzee Rascal, Newham Generals and Ebony Bones Dizzee Rascal Tickets
A lesson in not trying to fix up what ain’t broke. Shepherds Bush Empire, London (February 17)
There’s a funny, energising, brief blast of noise from opener Plastic Little, and a set of future-hip-pop nuggets – including the ace ‘Don’t Fart On My Heart’ – from Ebony Bones. Dizzee’s Dirtee Stank label stars Newham Generals keep things moving. And then, bounding onstage flanked by rapper Scope and the ever-fantastic DJ Semtex (who, during ‘Stand Up Tall’ begins flicking the cross-fader with his mouth), Diz treats the likes of ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’, ‘Pussyole (Old Skool)’ and ‘Bubbles’ like urban classics. It’s a treatment justified by the adoring home crowd, who don’t stop moving until the Harris hour approaches. Gone are the patronising indie video interludes of previous tours – during the Alex Turner-featuring 'Temptation’ the Monkey man’s taped vocals are quelled and his band’s picture only flashed up for seconds, letting everyone know exactly whose
song it is. Because while Diz might court the indie buck with canny business sense, tonight shows that he’s finally realised that he’s got enough thoroughbred pedigree to transcend it. And as such, he needs Calvin Harris like he needs a snapped neck.
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