Live Review: Craig David at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena – 29th March 2017

By on Friday, 7th April 2017 at 2:00 pm

Following a 6-year absence from the music scene, Craig David made a surprise guest appearance during Kurupt FM’s ‘60 Minutes Live’ takeover on BBC Radio 1Xtra, where he performed his debut single ‘Fill Me In’ remixed with Skrillex and Diplo (ft. Justin Bieber), ‘Where Are Ü Now’. The track, which later became known “16”, went viral, gathering hundreds and thousands of views across social media and catapulting the Southampton-born singer/rapper back into the spotlight.

Fast forward 18 months, and Craig David is walking out on stage at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, the ninth date on his ‘Following My Intuition’ tour. Dressed in all-white tracksuit, David emerged from the back of the stage, bursting into the tropical vibes of “Ain’t Giving Up” and the r&b stylings of “What’s Your Flava?”

The setlist on the night included EDM/garage tracks from Craig David’s chart-topping album ‘Following My Intuition’, such as ‘Louder Than Words’, ‘Change My Love’ and ‘Nothing Like This’, as well as the pop/garage tracks from which Craig David first became a household name, including ‘Walking Away’ and ‘Don’t Love You No More (I’m Sorry)’.

Throughout the show, Craig David gave heartfelt thank yous to the reaction from the thousands that had turned out to see him in Newcastle. As his backing band broke out into the sound of ‘Rise & Fall’, David explained, “When I wrote this song back then, I didn’t realise I was predicting my future. I hit a low and it was the hardest time of my life, but here I am. Thank you.”

As the first half of the show came to its conclusion with a cover of Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ and a rendition of ‘7 Days’, Craig David promised to “turn this place into a rave”, returning to the stage a few minutes later with his TS5-branded DJ equipment. And he certainly delivered.

The sheer energy in the building was on another level, with the onlookers singing and dancing to every track in the DJ set, which contained a mix of old-school garage tracks (including Sweet Female Attitude’s ‘Flowers’) and remixes of recent chart hits such as Drake’s ‘One Dance’ and Tinie Tempah’s ‘Girls Like’. David also incorporated some of his own tracks into the DJ set, inviting his support act Big Narstie onstage for their single ‘When The Bassline Drops’. Wrapping things up full circle, he invited his band back onto the stage to bring the proceedings to a close

It’s a testimony to Craig David’s capabilities as an artist to see two generations of families coming together to enjoy the show.

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