Lil Pump live: teen rapper brings party vibes – and chaos – to London show

O2 Academy Brixton, November 20, 2018

He’s just 18, he tours worldwide and last week he sent the UK into something of a frenzy on his first UK tour. Following the smash success of ‘I Love It’, his collaboration with Kanye West and Adele Givens, Lil Pump arrived in the UK with the weight of expectation on his young shoulders. And true to his reputation, he left havoc in his wake. At Wireless festival in July he stopped playing due to a fan having a seizure. In Nottingham last week, the show was halted due to a gas attack, after which Pump – real name Gazzy Garcia – performed on top of his tour bus as a result.

Indeed, several dates on his Harverd Dropout tour were cancelled due to problems with his probation following his arrest for driving offences in Miami.

So when Pump descended on London for his first headline show, the hopes were that he would, at the very least, turn up and make it through the whole set. Actually, he did that and more – he created a party.

O2 Academy Brixton was brimming with anticipation as the crowd grew hungrier, screaming his signature phrase – “Eskeetit” – in chorus.

The opening acts, Splurge and Desto Dubbs, were worthy openers; with their hypnotic bass lines and hi-hats they entertained with explosive energy that left the crowd – well – pumped for the headliner.

Lil Pump London 2018

Photos by Jenn Five

And before Lil Pump even appeared, bodies were crashing and colliding as pre-emptive mosh pits erupted. Lil Pump came bursting out “dripping in sauce” to ‘Boss’, wearing designer gear from head to toe and diamonds draped around his neck.

Performing older hits like ”Flex like Ouu” and ”Lil Pump” to more well-known material such as ”D Rose” and ”Gucci Gang”, Lil pump whipped up a frenzy. People were pushed onto one another as the mosh pit spread from corner to corner. Pump himself eventually dived in, hopping on a fan’s shoulders in the middle, screaming, ”Open this shit up! I won’t start until you do!”

It was an event in celebration of rebellion and anarchy, with everyone and everything flying everywhere; chaos and music married together – all good ingredients for a great party.

Lil Pump London 2018

Photos by Jenn Five