Leo the Lion played at the O2 Academy Islington on Wednesday night, with a gig that was his first solo one, since The Streets split. The show was to promote his album Big Trouble in London.
The show was hosted by Zalon, the former backing singer of Amy Winehouse, who couldn’t help but sing a few songs as he introduced the supporting acts.
His support acts were Mr Rootsy, who performed covers of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Can’t Hold Us and Professor Green’s I Need You Tonight. The energetic rapper supported So Solid Crew earlier on in the year on their tour.
Unfortunately his set was cut short due to time constraints. But we still had a lot to look forward to, as we were treated to three other amazing acts.
D’lys took to the stage next with a six piece band. And just when I thought I’d be focusing on her cleavage all night, the leggy singer poured her heart out with stunning vocals that silenced the room.
Singing songs from a music genre that is hard to define, D’lys fused indie, soul and pop, reminding us of a young Sonique.
Ann-Marie Lataille performed next and as soon as I saw the Illuminati earrings, I knew she would be unforgettable.
Ann-Marie almost stole the show with a soulful voice that was comparable to Jill Scott’s and Marsha Ambrosius’. The talented singer is also a radio host on Bang FM and has an album out called The Voices Made Me Do It.
The Clef Truants
The Clef Truants were next, with songs about drugs, kebabs and girls, perfect for your first year at University. After making the audience scream out the chant ‘Party Now Cry Later’, the boys performed their songs Dro and Don’t Want U No More.
The lead singer Aleco wore a winter hat and shades, despite the lack of sunshine in the building, and brought a blend of indie, brit-pop and ska to the stage. The Clef Truants got the crowd hyped up for the next performance. The man we had all been waiting for. Leo the Lion.
And after what felt like hours, he appeared on stage. Suited and booted in an expensive looking suit.
Leo sang songs such as Hey Girl, Rave to Coldplay and even done a cover of Oasis’ Wonderwall.
The 31-year-old also brought his younger sister Francine on stage, who showed off an incredibly toned stomach. And Leo proved he was a protective older brother by telling the guys in the crowd to back off when the wolf whistling began.
We managed to catch Leo in various stages of undress and thinking about it now, I can’t actually remember why he took his clothes off. But I’m glad he did, because his body was fire!
Changing into one of his Leo the Lion T-shirts, the hours we spent waiting for him to appear on stage all seemed worth it as he sang the final songs.
Leo’s show at the O2 Academy Islington, reminded us just how great he is at connecting with a crowd in an intimate setting. And we’re looking forward to more topless performances that make us want to roar.
Check out our gallery of the night below.