The best pictures from Big Shaq’s Christmas Link-Up – featuring Stormzy, Krept & Konan, JME and many more

The man behind one of the year's biggest songs - AKA comedian Michael Dapaah - brought his comic creations and a host of big-name friends to Brixton on Friday for a seasonal celebration of all things Not Hot

It’s been quite the year for Big Shaq: ever since his meteoric appearance on Charlie Sloth’s Fire in the Booth freestyle series on BBC Radio 1Xtra back in August, Shaq and the ‘Man’s Not Hot’ phenomenon have become the buzzwords of the internet – with the freestyle even being referenced in a very Grandad-way by Jeremy Corbyn.

Shaq – who is of course just one of the comic creations of London comedian Michael Dapaah – is still killing it, with the recorded single version of ‘Man’s Not Hot’ still riding high in the charts and its video eclipsing 118 million views on YouTube. And, after a break-out 2017, what better way could there be to celebrate all his successes than by throwing a huge celebration with 1700 of his closest friends?

Big Shaq’s Christmas Link-Up was just that, taking over the Electric Brixton in south London on Friday night (December 15). As well as Shaq, some of Dapaah’s other characters – including MC Quakez and Dr Ofori – were joined on stage by a host of friends – which just happened to include the likes of Stormzy, Krept & Konan and JME among their ranks.


As you can see above, the ‘Link-Up’ ended with a celebratory group performance of ‘Man’s Not Hot’ – because how else could you end it?

Check out the best pictures from the night below.


1Big Shaq addresses his public

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We all know the answer to 2 + 2 now, thanks to Shaq.

2Hold tight, Whitney

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Everyone wanted to capture the moment.

3It's MC Quakez

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What could have been? Quakez (also played by Dapaah) starred in the original 'Fire In The Booth' video, but was upstaged by Big Shaq.

4Merry Chip-mas

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A star-studded evening saw performances from the likes of MoStack, Fekky and of course Chip.

5JME joins the party

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The BBK MC kept things festive.

6It's Lethal B!

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Bizzle also took to the mic on the night in support of Shaq.

7Hands up for Shaq

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The punters certainly got their money's worth when it came to the line-up on the night.

8More Krept & Konan, please

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The south London duo kept the energy levels up.

9Big Mike's here

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Stormzy gave a star turn on the stage.

10A fitting finale

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A group performance of 'Man's Not Hot' of course ended the evening's proceedings.

11"Your dad is 44..."

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It's a new type of Christmas carol.

12All smiles for Shaq

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2017: done. 2018: can Shaq get even hotter? Time will tell...

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