Wretch 32 at the Pyramids, Southsea

Victor Ariat

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In the style of a talent show judge, Wretch 32 ‘put it down’.

He showed the Pyramids what new music sounds like.

A mixed crowd had gathered to watch Wretch 32 on Tuesday. Some families had young children with them. At first, I pondered to the responsibility of the guardians to bring children to such an event. Then I realised, if you want your children to acknowledge genuine UK talent, then bringing them to a Wretch gig is a logical step.

When Wretch told us to put our hands in the air, we did. When Wretch told us to clap, we did. This man has unbelievable stage presence.

Great tracks held the audience captive and his infectious energy had us all spellbound.

Tracks such as Unorthodox got us partying. Don’t Go had us swaying. And Traktor… well, that had us in another stratosphere.

The mix of Unorthodox and House of Pain’s Jump Around was a crowd-pleasing concoction.

And, just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, Wretch took Coldplay’s Yellow and made it fresh and new.

A catchy Me & You crossed with Labrinth and Tinie Tempah’s Earthquake also stuck in my head.

Quite simply, Wretch 32 put it down.