Loyle Carner was back in Amsterdam this weekend, fighting sickness to provide an engaging experience at Paradiso.
The British rapper had to recently cancel his original Amsterdam date on this current tour due to illness, giving a wholehearted apology to his fans. And it was clearly accepted by those who managed to make this date, with adoring support for the loveable in the front row.
Loyle Carner is far from new to the nature of touring and his live shows are revered, but it was impressive to see how he had quickly gained more fans in this part of the world since his sold-out show at Bittezoet back in May. While illness may have changed the energy of this Loyle Carner experience, that same humility and genuine love between him and the crowd was clear.
With his inhaler on display just in case anyone thought he had fully recovered from sickness, Loyle took regular breaks for air. They made up part of the dynamic on the night, though, helping the Dutch crowd connect with the Not Waving But Drowning rapper on a very human level. Better still, when Carner swapped places with a member of the crowd – giving him the mic and standing in the front row, himself – the effect of the rapper’s music was clear.
Relating to Carner’s lyrics about race and his own position in society as someone who considers themselves to be both black and white, the crowd cheered in unison of this obvious example of the artist’s relatable lyricism. Connecting people across Europe on this latest tour, the London rapper is certainly a talent to be cherished and his wholesome live shows embody his music perfectly.
Carner celebrates both music and people in his live set and, even when not 100% fully fit, he put in a performance to remember at Paradiso. Be sure to check out what Paradiso has on it’s agenda for the rest of 2019 and beyond.