With BBC Radio 1Xtra celebrating their fifteen year anniversary, it was only right that they celebrated this special occasion with the best of the best.
The line-up included Bugzy Malone, J Hus and Ghetts as well as many more amazing acts. The show was hosted at Manchester’s Arena, which of course has had an emotional year with the incident at Ariana Grande’s concert. But, this could never have stopped the sold-out audience of eighteen-thousand people truly enjoying themselves as residents from Manchester as well as people from around the UK came together to support.
The first act to take to the stage was Bryson Tiller who performed a range of songs from Run Me Dry (taken from his new album) to Exchange which came from his debut album. With a slower, more chilled song range than a lot of the other acts that were performing, Bryson was a good warm-up act for what was to come.
Next, a man who had a very, very successful year, Mr Addison Lee aka Not3s who just rolled in… excuse the pun. From Addison Lee which was released exactly one year ago to performing in front of eighteen-thousand people singing his songs work for word, Not3s is doing a madness.
Stefflon Don was next to show everyone how to do it. With an excess of dancers sharing the stage along side her, Steff performed her hit song Hurtin Me, as well as tracks alike 16 shots. To follow this up, the master of funky house, Donae’o took centre stage. He performed his old school songs such as African Warrior as well as bangers from his recent mixtape Sixteen, including Let Me and My Circle.
Then, the man of the moment Big Shaq came as a surprise to us all. Introduced to the stage by the initiator of Man’s Not Hot, Charlie Sloth, he had the whole arena gassed!!! Any line-up could feature the most amazing artists, but as soon as Big Shaq touches the stage, the crowd is about to turn up.
Ghetts was next to perform one of the first performances of Slumdog Millionaire which comes from his upcoming album, Ghetto Gospel as well Know My Ting, to which surprise guest Shakka came to perform alongside him.
It was then time to welcome the King of the North to the stage. He got nothing less than he deserved in his home town of Manchester, 0161. Manny on the map. Bugzy brought the whole arena to life as he referenced the arena terror attack and then went on to perform some of his most popular songs inclding Aggy Wid It and Through The Night.
Next, it was time for another surprise guest, this time it was French Montana to take the stage, performing hits such as Unforgettable and Ain’t Worried Bout Nothin. Although, it was slightly disappointing that he didn’t join Stefflon Don on stage earlier in the show to perform Hurtin’ Me.
The finally two acts were probably the most anticipated and highly appreciated throughout the crowd. First, Mr Ugly aka J Hus takes the stage and at no point were the audience not rapping along. From Lean n Bop to Did You See and Fisherman; J Hus managed to keep all eighteen-thousand people thoroughly entertained.
Finally, Travis Scott who definitely gave everyone goosebumps. Although it’s highly arguable that on stage he seems to shout, scream and use auto tune more than a lot of other artists; he still manages to keep the audience vibing with his impressive back catalogue of bangers including Goosebumps, Antidote and Pick Up The Phone.
All in all, 1Xtra live definitely fulfilled everyones musical needs from pop to rap and hip-hop. The acts lived up to their live performances expectations while the Radio 1Xtra DJ’s did their best job at presenting.