Tiggs Da Author is currently supporting Jess Glynne on her UK tour, and we managed to interview and review his set at O2 Apollo Manchester on 18th February. You can read our interview with Tiggs here.
Emerging rapper and singer Tiggs Da Author had a lot to prove when he ran out onto the stage in front of a packed out O2 Apollo Manchester. Touted as the ‘main’ support act for hit maker Jess Glynne, Tiggs had the daunting task of keeping 3,000 ‘Glynnes’ entertained, a task made even more difficult due to Tiggs’ limited pool of songs to draw from.
The set started with a bang as Tiggs and his rather impressive-looking band launched into his most popular song Run, a track which is currently doing the rounds on Radio 1 as well as featuring on the FIFA 16 soundtrack. Up-tempo and energetic, the song did a brilliant job of exciting the crowd, and it was evident that here Tiggs was in his element.
Unfortunately the momentum created by Run failed to last the entire set, though arguably that was to be expected due to the small number of songs released by the singer. The next couple of tracks performed saw a noticeable drop in enthusiasm from the audience, and not even a crowd-assisted cover of the ubiquitous hit Uptown Funk could remedy this dip. In our interview with Tiggs he mentions his love for Dizzee Rascal as an adolescent; a cover of Bassline Junkie or Bonkers would have been far more entertaining.
Georgia, however, was a standout performance; it allowed the crowd to hear his genuinely unique Northern soul vocals without any frantic rapping or jumping, and it made us long for more tracks of a similar ilk.
As previously mentioned, his track-list was rather short, and before we knew it Tiggs had humbly thanked the crowd and made a speedy exit. Whilst in many instances a short set would be considered a criticism, his promptness was actually rather refreshing, as there’s nothing worse than a support act who over stays their welcome.
Despite not maintaining the level of hype created by opening track Run, Tiggs still delivered a solid performance, and the occasional moments of greatness show the Tanzanian born singer’s potential as the UK’s next African pop star.