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So Solid Crew‘s much delayed LONDON show has just passed off peacefully tonight (January 14) with strict security measures in place at the BBC studios in MAIDA VALE.

Police vans and squad cars maintained a low-key presence as they patrolled outside, while a phalanx of security staff with metal detectors were employed to carry out stringent searches on everyone entering the building.

The show, So Solid Crew‘s first since their UK tour scheduled for last November and December was pulled following the shooting of two men at a London Astoria show several weeks before, was broadcast live on Steve Lamacq’s Evening Session on Radio 1. Tickets were not on general sale and available only to fans through giveaways on the station.

The show, running for over 75 minutes, was marked by So Solid Crew‘s nominal leader Megaman taking control. Appearing onstage with a bottle of Remy Martin in hand – a nod to US hip-hop stars such as Dr Dreand their love of brandy – Megaman directed operations throughout. Introducing a succession of So Solid Crewmembers including Romeo, Lisa Maffia, Skat D, Face, Swiss and Asher D, the band ran through tracks from last year’s debut album ‘They Don’t Know’.

Highlights of a triumphant gig included the album’s title track, which featured a theatrical verbal spat between Megaman and Asher, and the band’s Number One single ’21 Seconds’, which saw at least 22 members of the growing collective squeeze onto the studio stage.

So Solid Crew signed off by encouraging eager fans to storm the stage and join the “party”. Oxide & Neutrino were the only core members not to be present as they are busy at work in their studio.