LIVE REVIEW: Plan B @ O2 Academy, Newcastle (29.04.18) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Effortlessly cool, Plan B (real name Ben Drew), saunters onto the stage and dives straight into recently released track Grateful from forthcoming album Heaven Before Hell Breaks Loose. The track almost echoes the sounds of 2010 hit album The Defamation of Strickland Banks, hinting that Drew’s ready to show his softer side again. He doesn’t keep the eager crowd waiting for his renowned sound though, diving into hit track Prayin as the O2 Academy erupts.

Jolting in and out of rap and luscious soul throughout the night, memorable track Ill Manors rouses the crowd as they shout along the well-known chorus, mirroring Drew’s passion. End Credits causes a shift in vibe, when Plan B goes acoustic and is left solo on stage, exposing his potent vocal range. 

Squeezing soul together with rap and hip-hop, Plan B creates tracks which are effortless, almost disguised as lighthearted disco whilst manifesting anger and resentment for significant political and class issues. The gig is intense whilst being vivacious and Plan B leaves the packed Academy stirred and wanting more.

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