Tramlines 2017: Kano @ Devonshire Green
Kano is without doubt one of the most anticipated acts of the whole Tramlines weekend. Charles Gray went to see what all the fuss was about.
Devonshire Green, Friday
Still flying off the momentum of last year’s Made In The Manor, Grime forefather Kano brought the Friday of Tramlines to a devastating close with a raucous set on Devonshire Green.
The set perfectly pulled on material from both his most recent and remarkably more reflective album and the more fundamentally rambunctious tracks of days of old. The likes of the piano driven T Shirt Weather in the Manor and This Is England, with their detailed narratives of eating ribs and Cornettos in East London, captured the essence of reminiscing whilst a highly charged Ps & Qs, which was first released in 2004, got the field pumping and gave us a stark reminder of the sources of his more recent songs. The crowd never let up throughout a bonkers, mosh-filled, shoulder-clambering set that is topped off with the ferocious 3 Wheel-Ups.
Finishing with Garageskankfreestyle, that included an extended outro from the formidable horn section, the East Ham MC was clearly reluctant to leave the stage after what is to be his last show of a remarkable tour. And if ever there was a show to leave on, this was it.