Photo Review: Ghostpoet and Andrew Ashong at Hackney Empire

Last Thursday we sent a photographer down to the the sold-out Ghostpoet show at the Hackney Empire which saw the theatre packed to the rafters. Andrew Ashong opened brilliantly, with the tracks off his new excellent second EP touching a particular resonance with those in the audience who’d already heard previews on the radio recently. Ashong is definitely one to keep an eye on at the moment and his amazing live show is testament to the inevitability of his establishment as a must-see artist over the coming months. Catch his headline show with full band at the Prince of Wales (SW9) on the 9th November.

The excitment of the crowd was tangible as Ghostpoet strode out onto stage and even those in the theatre’s circles, high above the action, felt compelled to rise from their seats and participate throughout an exemplary set spanning both albums. With backing from a string quartet and guest vocalists on many tracks the crowd was left baying for more as Obaro left the stage after close to an hour and a half. Stand out moments included the breathtaking energy of the string quartet in an extended rendition of Liiines and guest vocalist Etta Bond coyly providing backing vocals on Meltdown from deep within her oversized hood. The band visibly relished the appreciation as they returned to stage after several minutes and duly closed out the evening in spectacular style with Us Against Whatever, maintaining intensity and the crowds adoration to the very last note.

Photo credits: Tom Hills

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