Plan B and friends launch ‘Ill Manors’ in London

Labrinth, Kano, John Cooper Clarke and Chase And Status join Ben Drew for album release party

Plan B launched his ‘Ill Manors’ album with a star-studded and action packed show in London last night (July 23).

Ben Drew was joined by album guests John Cooper Clarke, Labrinth and Kano for the intimate show, attended by guests and competition winners at the car park of Great Suffolk Street warehouse in south-east London.

Opening with the album track ‘I Am The Narrator’, which set the rapper up as the commentator for the grim stories of the Ill Manors film, scenes from which were projected onto the venue’s roof, in time with the songs that soundtrack them.

He then went on to play ‘Ill Manors’ almost in its entirety. Labrinth joined the rapper and singer for ‘Playing With Fire’, performance poet Cooper Clarke joined the show for ‘Pity The Plight’ and Kano appeared for ‘Live Once’. The first segment of the show climaxed with a rousing version of the single ‘Ill Manors’.

After a brief interlude, Drew returned to the stage, joined by Chase and Status for their collaboration ‘End Credits’. He then encored with a beefed-up version of ‘Stay Too Long’ from ‘The Defamation Of Strickland Banks’, before a final reprise of ‘Ill Manors’, this time beefed up with guitars and joined by a posse of friends.

There was no mention of the controversy that erupted around Drew this weekend. He was forced to apologise over a T-shirt he wore on the cover of Shortlist magazine.

The show was attended by Ill Manors castmembers including Keith Coggins, Lee Allen and Ryan de La Cruz. Watch the film’s trailer below.