REVIEW: Danilo Swire
Hull’s crown jewel of music venues is in no doubt the famous Adelphi Club, staying true to its roots for over 35 years championing local unsigned artists and bands. The Adelphi has played a pivotal part in providing a real platform for local artists to emerge from. On Friday as the week came to a close, celebrating Independent Venue Week 2019 it was the turn of The Novelist, the official ambassador for the IVW 2019 to perform at The Adelphi. Dubbed the ‘Poster Boy Of Grime’ he was accompanied by BBC 1Xtra broadcasting the event live, and he was joined by home town favourite Chiedu Oraka. The anticipation of the night could be felt outside the venue early on as the camera crews flooded the car park, keen to observe a momentous night in honour of Hulls irreplaceable Adelphi Club. An unfamiliar sighting on De Grey Street was the Yorkshire Tea van situated outside providing a proper Yorkshire brew for the people, showing their support for independent music week and the importance of the truly significant remaining venues across the country.
It’s worth noting that the night as a whole felt like it could have been headlined by Chiedu Oraka, who has proven to attract a tremendous amount of local support to wherever he performs and rightly so. Chiedu carries the baton for Hull’s urban music scene and has had recent success with Darcy hitting one million streams on Spotify and Mike Skinner recently playing his single on BBC Radio 1’s Future Sounds. As it was nearly time for him to grace the stage, it was clear to see he had the support of the venue as his Lock Down merch could be seen represented within the crowd. As BBC Radio 1xtra played their part in the event and broadcasted it live on DAB Radio it was time for the support act to kick off the night. Chiedu, Deez Kid and Joe the Third, sensed another opportunity to showcase themselves to a wider audience and they delivered a high-energy performance that represented exactly what they’re about.
It was now time for the Mercury Prize nominee Novelist who already boasts a catalogue of achievement’s and has featured on Skepta’s 2016 Mercury Prize-winning album, Konnichiwa. After releasing his long-awaited self-produced album in April Novelist has been making a huge impact on the Grime scene with his politically charged lyrics that represent hard-hitting truths. It was clear to see the twenty-one-year-old Grime MC and producer from South London had a big following and filled the Adelphi with an atmosphere from the start. He set the pace with the crowd responding to his every word. The enjoyment was cemented on his face from the off and the venue bounced its way through his set as he represented why independent venues such as the Adelphi Club are still so vital today. The set oozed brilliance and the stage presence that came alongside his catchy catalogue of tracks from his debut album, Novelist Guy was highly impressive.
The crowd was in full voice all evening but most notably for Dot Dot Dot and Stop killing the Mandem. As the night came to an end there was one last moment that was a joy to observe, Novelist was joined on stage by Chiedu Oraka for a memorable end to an evening that showcased independent venue week.