Kanye West, Zayn Malik, Gracious K… Seems like everyone was getting engaged in 2013. And for one lucky woman, an Akala gig was the setting for her surprise proposal.

24-year-old Sophie Storey had organised a surprise treat for her partner to see Akala kick off his Thieves Banquet tour on 19 November in Leeds.

But the tables were turned on her, when boyfriend of three years, Alan Gibson popped the question with a beautiful white-gold 0.8 carat diamond ring, while Akala performed one of her favourite songs.


Sophie said,

I had no idea he was going to propose. I had organised the night out to see Akala as a surprise for my partner as we both love Akala, so my surprise for him actually turned into a huge surprise for me.

He waited until my favourite Akala song came on, Find no Enemy, and asked me whilst we were in the crowd.

The photographer from York is planning a big summer wedding with a BBQ and she’s already started making plans:

We have a 20-month-old son called Eddie who will be our page boy. He also likes listening to a bit of Akala!


The rapper even congratulated the couple after the show. And who knows, maybe he’ll show up at their wedding and perform the song that is now so special to the couple.