Live Gig “Preview”: Tinie Tempah’s Tiniest Gig for O2 Thinking of You

By on Friday, 22nd April 2011 at 4:00 pm

Have you ever dreamed of having your favourite artist performing just for you? Well, O2 made this happen for one very lucky fan, Katie Hobbs. She, along with 399 punters, turned up at Islington O2 Academy on the 30th of March expecting an intimate gig by Tinie Tempah. Little did Katie know that in a moment, those 399 left the dancefloor and she had Tinie all to herself, singing his latest single ‘Wonderman’ just for her. This is the first known example of a ‘flash exit’ (opposite of a ‘flash mob’), emptying the crowded venue in just seconds.

I honestly don’t know what I’d say if I’d just had my favourite artist sing to me and only me. (I’d probably lose the ability to speak.) But I’m sure I’d be as thrilled as Katie was: “This has been the most amazing day of my life. Getting an exclusive gig from Tinie was simply incredible. I had absolutely no idea what was happening and before I knew it I was getting a solo performance from my favourite act. It doesn’t get any better than that!” Awww. Tinie himself said the experience was amazing, adding, “I owe my success to my fans, and being able to interact with them when I play live is the greatest feeling. I’ve played all sorts of gigs in all sorts of venues but never one like this before. It’s definitely my tiniest gig ever, but it’s also one of my best.” Double awww.

This gig was part of the current O2’s Thinking of You campaign, aimed at showing how O2 values its customers. Considering O2’s long history supporting live music in the UK with its high profile sponsorship of venues all over Britain, this event was pretty neat of them to organise.


For more from behind the scenes on how O2 made this happen for Katie, head on over to Thinking of Katie.

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