Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 May 2015

Review: N-Dubz, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Hip-hop trio bring the bling, and a scaled-down show

Tulisa Contostavlos of N-Dubz
Tulisa Contostavlos of N-Dubz
N-Dubz
N-Dubz
Dappy of N-Dubz
Dappy from N-Dubz
N-Dubz have turned themselves into Sack people for the video
Tulisa says she often tells off her N-Dubz bandmates
N-Dubz star Dappy

North London hip-hop crew N-Dubz are riding high with half a million in sales, their own reality television series and now their first arena tour.

But on Saturday night in Belfast the blinged-out trio were forced to scale their act down.

In other venues Tulisa, Fazer and the notorious Dappy have burst on to the stage on motorcycles.

There wasn’t space for the stunt at the Waterfront, nor was there much room for the large number of dancers and musicians the group had brought with them.

But N-Dubz did their best to give the Belfast fans a full-on spectacle.

After some sound problems had been resolved — Tulisa’s vocals drifted in and out, while at one stage a guitar solo was completely inaudible — the performance picked up pace.

Sure Love Sick may have sounded a bit like Alvin and the Chipmunks but the likes of Scream My Name and Living for the Moment are strong enough tunes.

The threesome changed from biker leathers to gangster garb to sci-fi gear to ‘trackies’, with Dappy sporting various ludicrous headgear throughout.

As for the crowd, they were a mess of fake tan, knock-off |jewellery and barely existent skirts.

The concert climaxed with a mega-mix of early material and a competition to win a signed N-Dubz hat and backstage access for six people.

But the highlight of the night was Dappy’s amusingly gormless spiel about the ease of penning hits.

“All you need’s a piano and a brain,” bragged the diminutive rapper — eliciting similar amounts of cheers and groans.

ANDREW JOHNSTON

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