Kele Okereke marks 33rd birthday with intimate London gig

The singer performed at Jack Rocks The Macbeth

Kele Okereke celebrated his 33rd birthday and the launch of his new album ‘Trick’ with a tiny club show at Jack Rocks The Macbeth in Hoxton.

Singing solo along to a DJ, Kele’s set was struck by technical difficulties, but he powered through to play dance tracks from both solo albums, his ‘Heartbreaker’ EP and Bloc Party.

“This is a very special day,” he said as he took the stage before a packed crowd, “33 years.” He then launched into ‘Heartbreaker’ from last year’s ‘Heartbreaker’ EP before playing the first of the new album tracks ‘Like We Used To’.

Following first album single ‘On The Lam’, Kele piled into the highlights of ‘Trick’ with first single ‘Doubt’, ‘Coasting’ and ‘Closer’. At which point an undefined technical hitch struck, and Kele filled time by paying tribute to small venue gigs. “Someone was asking me in an interview today what the best thing about doing small gigs is, I said it’s nice to be able to look everyone directly in the eye. And then something like this happens.” The crowd sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him while he explained he’d been given a bottle of Jack Daniel’s for the occasion, and was looking forward to having a drink after the show.

Eventually, saying “let’s just get some music on,” Kele deviated from his setlist to play a selection of well-known tracks including ‘Everything You Wanted’, ‘Candy Flip’ and Bloc Party tracks ‘Obscene’ and ‘One More Chance’. He closed with fan favourites ‘Tenderoni’ and ‘Rise’.

Kele played:

‘Heartbreaker’
‘Like We Used To’
‘On The Lam’
‘Doubt’
‘Coasting’
‘Closer’
‘Everything You Wanted’
‘Candy Flip’
‘Obscene’
‘What Did I Do?’
‘One More Chance’
‘Tenderoni’
‘Rise’

Jack Daniel’s, in association with NME and Spotify, are collaborating with Hoxton music venue The Macbeth to create a new hub for shows from bands big and small, as well as workshops and Q&As.

For more information on what’s coming up at the venue head to NME.COM/jackrocks.

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