Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Prince fails to Cook up a treat

Prince Fatty and Holli Cook with MC Horseman. Black Box, Belfast

Singer Hollie Cook may be making a name for herself with her sweet brand of pop-reggae, but this is all about her cohort Prince Fatty.

The Brighton-based producer is an unassuming presence behind his laptop at the back of the stage, but he's in charge of every facet of this sprawling and, unfortunately, over-long set.

Ms Cook takes some considerable time to appear, as first MC Horseman takes centre stage to toast over a series of Prince Fatty productions. Fatty constantly tweaks the tracks with tripped-out effects but they never quite reach the immersive level of the best dub reggae. If anything, the mood is too relaxed, and once Hollie Cook arrives on stage proceedings begin to flag.

The trio throw in a number of crowd-pleasing covers, but with precious little variety, the evening becomes a slog.

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