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Wretch 32

Written By: Ryan Marshall
Added: 05/11/11
Gig Date: 30 October 2011
Venue: The Waterfront


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Fresh from an incredible year, during which 3 of his tracks went into the top 5 of the UK singles chart, Wretch 32 brought his nationwide tour to a close with a sold out gig at Norwich's The Waterfront venue.

After the mass of support acts (including rising star Loick Essien), Wretch 32's set began with the self-titled opener to his debut album Black and White. As the full live band performed the track, Wretch 32 rapped the first couple of verses from back stage before revealing himself mid-song to a grateful audience. Not long after this, Wretch 32 launched into his collaboration with Example; the Stone Roses-sampling Unorthodox.

The main body of the set was devoted to album tracks, something which appeared to lose some of the audience's attention, but fortunately Wretch 32 still had more big hits in his arsenal. Later on in the set, after a small segment of Coldplay's Yellow, the opening beats to the number 1 single Don't Go were teased. For the first time during his set, the crowd decided to sing along.

Beginning his encore with album track Hush Little Baby, Wretch 32 was joined by Ed Sheeran who sang the track's chorus. Following this surprise, Wretch 32 closed his set with an energetic version of Traktor, during which he was joined onstage by his many support acts and guest vocalists to ensure one last chance for the crowd to have a good time.

However, the biggest problem with Wretch 32's set was the sound during some songs. A particular example was during Traktor when the bass line was lost amongst the host of other sounds coming from the band, and unfortunately Don't Go also suffered similarly.

Overall, it was a decent performance from Wretch 32 that was hampered only by poor sound quality.