On Friday the 22nd April Brixton Academy hosted the first of 2 nights featuring Norwegian DJ, songwriter and producer Kygo. Kygo rose to fame in 2014 with his remix of the track “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran and his single “Firestone” which received over 215 million views on YouTube.
It was a rainy cold night in South London and we headed out to the venue. After presenting our e-tickets on our phones we were told by staff that they are only accepting paper tickets, so we had to rush around trying to find a print shop in Brixton that was open at 8:30pm on a Friday night! Luckily we found one and ran back to the venue just in time to grab a beer and get a good spot before the main act.
Kygo came on to rapturous applause playing a grand piano! Not the DJ style setup we were expecting which was refreshing, great to see this was going to be a show with live instruments. It wasn’t long before he brought on his first guest singer Maty Noyes to sing their hit track “Stay”. The crowd sang along to every word, waved their official Kygo flashing wristbands, and screamed at the pyrotechnics and smoke machines. New tracks like ‘I’m in Love’ and ‘Oasis’ showed a slightly more chilled sound to the new album. His remix of Ed Sheeran’s cover of “No Diggity” was a highlight and got everyone dancing and smiling.
As the evening drew to a close we were treated to another guest singer Parson James who sang their hit “Stole the Show” which the crowd loved. Followed by the grand finale of support act ‘Anna of the North’ co-performing an acoustic version of ‘Firestone’ complete with a live string orchestra.
All in all it was a great show, with a largely friendly crowd of nice people. The sound was excellent and the visuals, including flashing wristbands, indoor fireworks, flames and confetti, really added to the overall atmosphere.
Kygo’s debut studio album, Cloud Nine, is due for release on 13 May 2016