Last night, Reggae and Dancehall superstar Konshens kicked off the first night of Casa Bacardi’s Autumn UK tour with a very solid performance at East London’s Village Underground. Jumping onto the stage with his much loved hit Bruk Off Yuh Back, he performed an array of songs from his catalogue and reminded us why he still remains as one of Dancehall’s front runners.
Before he took to the stage, Alicai Harley had attendees singing along to Gold, one of her most popular records to date, as she received a very warm reception from the London crowd. Although a slower song dedicated to a late loved one wasn’t best suited to the middle of her set, you couldn’t fault her for bringing her heart to the stage. The duo Hipsters Don’t Dance are also worth a mention for a very consistent set in between the night’s performances.
As we approached the hour of 9pm, the night’s celebration of live music and culture continued with the arrival of Konshens’ DJ and live band who blessed us with some authentic reggae vibes before the headline act stepped foot on the stage. Despite suffering from a painful foot injury throughout the day, the show went on as planned and Konshens delivered a performance longer than expected. Catering to all of his fans, he performed his part of the Good Girl Gone Bad collaboration with Tarrus Riley, and then went into a segment of songs for the ladies shortly before he took us back to the Caribbean with some soca. His set was concluded with signature track Do Sumn produced by legendary Dancehall producers Ward 21, and the end of his performance concluded the night for most.
With all expectations exceeded on the night, this Casa Bacardi event headlined by Konshens proved that the quality of entertainment need not ever be a reflection of the ticket cost. Overall, the experience was a good strike between promotion of the brand’s new Ginger flavour and a memorable night of music and culture in London.