January 29, 2018 | D&LUp and coming UK rapper, Hardy Caprio, took to the stage at o2 Islington on Friday January 26th to begin his UK tour and much to his following’s liking, the young artist gave the fans exactly what they wanted and more.
Starting his set amongst the visual of flashing lights and the sound of horns echoing throughout the intimate venue, the sold out crowd continued to chant ‘Hardy season‘, as he entered the stage much to the delight of fans.
Throwing it back to his Hollywood EP, it was time to rep, Hollywood Hardy style, as he went straight into turn up mode with ‘Hollywood Take 1’. Providing the perfect rap and Garage vibes with the crossing over of genres, this already led to the first wheel up of the night (the first of many to come).
After declaring that tonight would be the last time he would perform many of these songs, the crowd interaction was there from the off, as he continued the party with upbeat tracks ‘Biggie n Mase’ and ‘Hollywood Take 2’, before declaring the London crowd the best crowd he’s ever seen.
Clearly enjoying himself on stage, it was time for the first special guests of the night, as Belly Squad joined the Croydon native on stage for their track ‘Selfish’. Hardy’s fan base had nothing but love for the UK group, as all were making sure to get their Snap lights out to capture the moment, further cementing the statement in Hardy’s mind that this was most definitely his favourite crowd to date by far.
Taking a moment to turn the house lights down and create a mellow mood, Hardy could be viewed on a stool, taking centre stage in the spotlight to perform slower songs such as ‘Wifey Riddim’, one of his first releases that got a lot of attention and so still means a lot to him. ‘Jezebel’ soon followed, where he was joined live on stage by a saxophonist, further adding to the sultry direction the night had taken. Taking a brief moment off stage, next for the night’s special guests was 23, who took to the stage to perform a couple tracks including ‘Can’t Tell Me’.
For being such a great crowd, Hollywood Hardy went on to preview a new track, making the crowd the first to hear it live. As the crowd bopped along to the vibe, it was touching to see a handful of Hardy’s supporters kitted out in personalised jumpers and rapping along to the track word for word.
Ending the last few minutes of his set with the Tion Wayne collaboration, ‘Cmon’ and ‘Super Soaker’, the track all were waiting for saw the night close and go off with a bang, as One Acen joined him on stage for their popular collab, ‘Unsigned’. After meeting each other only a year and a half ago, the pair went on to connect musically and create a big tune. That fact alone makes the track an even bigger winner in our eyes.
A moshpit and several wheel ups later, it was time for Hardy to bid the the best crowd ever goodbye and check off the first night of his tour, as going ahead without a hitch.
Being listed as an artist to watch this year on lists by Capital Xtra and The Independent, Hardy Caprio is a name you won’t want to forget and anyone lucky enough to have purchased a ticket for this year’s sold out Wireless Festival can catch him on the main stage on Saturday 7th July.
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