Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

With a sharp suit and a slick band, is Plan B the new Amy Winehouse?

Plan B

The last time British rap star Plan B came to Belfast he braved blizzard conditions and a seven-hour flight delay to play to a handful of hardy fans at the Mandela Hall.

The London-born musician is clearly made of resilient stuff, and last night his efforts were rewarded with a packed-out showing at the Belsonic festival.

Those fans who had missed out in December - and, no doubt, several new ones he has picked up since then - revelled in the singer's return.

You might have expected Northern Ireland to be all hip-hopped out after Wednesday's Eminem extravaganza, but Custom House Square was dancing from opening number The Recluse to big hit She Said.

Clearly, there's room for more than one jumped-up, white-boy rapper in this town.To be honest, calling Plan B a 'rapper' these days is somewhat misleading.

In a sharp suit last night, with a slick band at his disposal, Plan B - real name Ben Drew - delivered a smooth set, dipping into his earthier early style only at key moments.

Since the breakout success of his huge-selling The Defamation of Strickland Banks album, the vocalist has mined a more easygoing, soulful vein.

In fact, he could be the new, male Amy Winehouse.

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Taurus:

Spending time with friends stimulates your intellect. It's fun discussing your favourite topics with people who share your appreciation for art and music. Don't be surprised when you're inspired to launch a creative project of your own. Whether it's knitting a sweater or making a sculpture out of abandoned car parts is immaterial. The important thing is to work with materials that appeal to your sense of touch. You have a deep appreciation for tactile objects and people.More