Review: Ady Suleiman at Oslo, Hackney


Up-and-coming musician Ady Suleiman blew fans away at an intimate gig in Hackney’s Oslo on Tuesday 12th July.

Originally hailing from Nottingham, Suleiman’s career has since made waves as he’s set to perform at both V and Boardmaster’s Festival, not to mention embark on a full UK tour later this year. Hackney’s Oslo saw the return of Ady for a small show to promote the release of his latest EP, ‘What’s The Score’.

On Tuesday 12th July, Suleiman was joined by a special guest who goes by the name of KEIR. Previously having just two tracks on Soundcloud, his dreamy Prince-like aura enveloped the audience in a trance-like state and delighted first-time listeners with his Aretha Franklin vibes and effortless falsetto vocals.

Ady Suleiman took to the stage, indulging the audience with stellar tracks off of ‘What’s The Score’, including ‘State Of Mind’ which acts as a sort of wake up call through the title lyric ‘Welcome to a state of mind where reality ain’t so nice.’ Alongside this, Suleiman performed his stellar remix of ‘Running Away’ and the increasingly popular ‘Need Somebody To Love’. His performance was indescribable, with the difference between his recorded tracks and face-to-face persona virtually non-existent. The reggae-blues vocals filled the venue as Suleiman took breaks between his set to provide us with a range of anecdotes regarding his past and present turmoils.

Despite performing his awe-inspiring EP tracks, Suleiman took to performing a rendition he previously premiered on BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Live Lounge, a cover of ‘Who Knows’ by Protoje. Following this, Ady performed a number of tracks from his previous two EP’s, including heartwarming vocals from ‘So Lost’ and ‘Out Of Luck’ before adopting a more rebellious vibe with tracks such as ‘Drink Too Much’ and ‘Ain’t That Beep’, which Ady later revealed was an ode to an ex-girlfriend, inviting the crowd to join him in delving deeper into his personal experiences of the past.

To complete the show, Ady performed an encore, teasing the crowd with the promise of new music and allowing his delightfully kind vocals to top off a completely flawless evening.


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