Sean Paul came to London on Wednesday night as part of his UK tour. Coming to O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the reggae star performed a selection of his recent songs as well as tracks from his back catalogue.
Fuse ODG was the supporting act for the 40-year-old star, and he helped to rev the audience up with performances of his hit singles Azonto, Antenna as well as a performance of little known single This Girl.
For each song, the UK-based afrobeats artist invited two girls from the audience to dance on stage with him, and even attempted to teach the audience the basic steps to the azonto dance.
Following an energetic performance and a 30 minute break, Sean Paul finally arrived on stage along with two female dancers, a DJ and a drummer. He began his set with performances of the songs that hurtled him into the mainstream spotlight such as Gimme The Light, Get Busy and Infiltrate.
He continued with a set of his most famous songs, continuing with some of his collaborative hits with Keyshia Cole, Beyonce and Alexis Jordan.
He then slowed things down and took it back to his roots with a reggae section, playing his more romantic songs such as Hot Sexy Punkie and I’m Still In Love With You Boy; encouraging the ladies and men in the audience to take the opportunity to slow dance with each other.
The music then progressed into Sean’s most recent songs which admittedly have more of a pop sound to them. To add to this section of the night, he played drum & bass track Harlem Shake, the viral song Gangnam Style and Flo Rida’s Good Feeling.
I must say, I was a bit confused when he played these songs as someone with a career spanning more than 10 years, I felt that Sean Paul would have been able to fill the time with a few more of his own material. However, it did get the audience jumping and excited right before the night was due to end.
For anyone who is a fan of both the original reggae star Sean Paul and the new reggae-pop Sean Paul, his gig served to satisfy those who had followed his career since the beginning.
Have a look at our gallery of some of the crowd who came out to the gig: