Professor Green was on a high as the Alive Till I’m Dead tour ended in his hometown. After supporting Lily Allen on tour last year, it was the MC’s first headlining tour in his career and he went all out, with performances from several star guests. Performing at KoKo in Camden the East Londoner thanked the crowd for support, explaining “No one else understands me like you lot.”
The scent of green floated over the crowd as DJ IQ warmed up with big tunes from Magnetic Man and Katy B, Dizzee Rascal and Robin S before the Professor stepped out on stage to En Vogue’s Don’t Let Go. He launched straight into Kids They Love To Dance, before introducing the audience to his band.
The surprise of the night came when Lily Allen stepped onto the stage, heavily pregnant but rocking high heels. They performed their track, Just Be Good To Green with a D&B remix at the end before Green told the crowd he “couldn’t wait to be an uncle” to Lily’s child. Next, Labrinth ran out to give a high-energy performance of Oh My God. As the pair worked the crowd, Pro Green took off his glasses, receiving screams from the mostly female audience.
Green treated the crowd to some of the unreleased tracks on his album, and then did a freestyle medley to 1 Thing by Amerie, Can I Kick It by A Tribe Called Quest and Fix Up Look Sharp by Dizzee Rascal. He also performed his Radio 1 Live Lounge tune, a cover of Travie McCoy’s Billionaire. Upper Clapton’s finest then debuted his new track Coming To Get Me, which has a D&B beat.
Green thanked the crowd and said goodnight before he exited the stage, leaving the crowd screaming for an encore. Then Ed Drewett appeared joking to fans, “I know, me & Professor Green don’t look anything like each other, which is a shame for me cos he’s so f***ing beautiful.” The singer had supported Green throughout the tour, so Green returned for them to team up once more to perform their hit, I Need You Tonight. After Green said, “Thanks to Ed for supporting me.” Ed showed his appreciation to Green for bringing him on tour by handing him a bottle of Jack Daniels as a gift, which they drank on stage. They then treated the audience to Monster, a favourite for some fans who started to mosh.
Green has repped the underground Hip Hop circuit in London for time and his experience was clear as he stood on stage at KoKo. If he knows one thing, it’s how to get a party going and make sure the crowd enjoy themselves. Green smacked it.
Text by Lily Mercer