Live Review: Aminé – Shepherds Bush Empire, London 16/02/19
With the release of his second album just last year, Amine set out on a huge worldwide tour, hitting his home soil of the US and then taking the TOURPOINTFIVE experience across the ocean to the UK where we were for his sold out London show!
The crowd were pumped up as the lights dimmed and fan favourite from Amine’s videos Ricky appeared on screen explaining how good the show is going to be and then proceeded to start off ‘DR. WHOEVER’ with the crowd screaming back ‘Sad on your motherfuckin birthday!?”. Next thing we knew the man himself, Aminé, strode on stage to endless screams from the audience; the first song that got the crowd moving was bass heavy ‘CHINGY’ that had Aminé bouncing all over the stage.
Another enormous burst of screams came when School of Rock inspired ‘BLACKJACK’ pumped out the speakers, once again Amine bouncing around stage like a hyper 6-year-old who had too much sugar! There were some OG fans in the crowd so of course he had to play some songs off his first album, ‘Hero’, ‘Veggies and ‘Sundays’ really struck a chord with the crowd and at one point Amine disappeared off stage and as if by magic reappeared on the balcony rapping down on the audience below! Amine’s set list really had everything, going from inspirational upbeat songs like ‘SHINE’ to bass slapper ‘CANTU’ and ‘SUGARPARENTS’; before hitting the venue with a medley of all of his most popular songs one after the other: ‘Campfire’, ‘SPICE GIRL’ (which ended in a cover of Wannabe by Spice Girls), ‘REDMERCEDES’!
It finally came to the point in the set where every artist plays their biggest song, in regards to Amine this song goes by the name of ‘Caroline’ which has gone 4X platinum since its release, very impressive to say the least! Although it was coming to the end of the set, Amine had no thoughts about going out quietly, announcing he loved coming to the UK as he has so many friends here before bringing out AJ Tracey for a song which being in London almost broke the building; if that didn’t do it finishing with ‘REEL IT IN’ 100% left Shepherds Bush in ruins!
Amine continues his tour around the UK before coming back to Shepherds Bush on the 24th Feb - hopefully they’ve rebuilt by then!
Words and photography by Joe Dick