Gyptian @ Sheffield O2 Academy
Saturday night saw acclaimed reggae singer Gyptian come to Sheffield, performing at o2 Academy in front of a packed audience.
The Jamaican singer has amassed a huge fan base across the world, and this was clear to see as almost every lyric was chorused by the audience throughout. Even though he arrived on stage later than expected, Gyptian’s stage presence and connection with the audience was evident during the set; he was especially keen to remind his legions of female fans who the songs are dedicated to, and excited screams met popular songs ‘Wine Slow’, ‘Beautiful Lady’ and signature tune ‘Hold Yuh’ which, as expected, had the whole place jumping as soon as the first piano key was heard.
Much of Gyptian’s earlier work was centred around a more conscious element, no more so than the classic track ‘Serious Times’. The song takes a deep look into precarious nature of life and the world we occupy; though the artist did well to ensure he kept the party vibe going whilst making time for such slower songs.
With such an extensive back catalogue, Gyptian could have played for hours and I don’t think anybody would have complained. In reality, it was a relatively short set from the Jamaican; however every song he did play was full of energy and passion, and each played to the delight of the crowd.