Since it was announced back in April, Boy Better Know's takeover of London's O2 Arena has been one of the most anticipated events on the UK music horizon. When the day arrived on Sunday (August 27), there was a lot of expectation on BBK's shoulders, but, obviously, they rose to the challenge with typical style and effortlessness, and—oh yeah—a few killer guest spots to boot. Drake, Giggs and Lethal Bizzle, if we're naming names.
The event was a full takeover of the entire O2 complex, and featured a specially constructed skate area from Nike, a group of small, intimate performances from new artists like Kojey Radical and Cosima hosted by Beats 1 anchor Julie Adenuga, gaming demos, cinema room screenings (including some of our own films, if we can just hit a quick beep on our own horn) and, of course, BBK's headline set on one of the biggest stages in the country.
Joined by honorary BBK member Drake, with Giggs, who he had appeared alongside at Reading Festival earlier in the day—as well as Lethal Bizzle, J Hus, Mabel, and just about everyone else you can think of in UK urban music—BBK pulled off not only a legendary performance, but also the first full takeover of the O2 ever. The sell-out day is just another example of how far BBK and grime in general have come, and how big a crowd they can pull. In the words of Skepta, the whole thing was greatness, and is surely only a small indicator of how far he, JME, Wiley, Shorty, Jammer, Frisco, Shorty, and Maximum have yet to go.
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