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  • Writer's pictureLuis James

LIVE: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie @ Utilitia Arena, Birmingham

After hitting the UK and Europe last year on his 'Me vs. Myself Tour' last year, A Boogie decided to announce another tour for overseas. Despite having to cancel his Wireless performance three years ago, he has certainly made it up to his UK fans by coming here twice in two consecutive years. As soon as the 'Better Off Alone Tour' was announced, I was impressed by the growth of the artist which was showcased in the size of the arenas he was touring in this year. To go from 2,000 capacity venues to selling out London's OVO arena is pretty impressive for any artist.

Unfortunately when arriving in the UK, the New York artist had to postpone his first show in Manchester due to issues within the venue. Four days since his arrival and two shows later, A Boogie travelled to Birmingham for the final date of his 'Better Off Alone Tour'. Their was various big names that accompanied the tour; NLE Choppa, Fridayy, Luh Tyler, Dess Dior and Byron Messia amongst the names. At the Utilitia Arena, we saw Byron Messia and Fridayy, bless the Birmingham crowd. Byron got the crowd warmed up with his hit record 'Talibans' which was one of the biggest summer anthems in 2023. Shortly followed by Fridayy to hit us with the vocals before A Boogie came on. It was clear to see how well planned the tour was just from supporting artists alone, it is very rare you will see two well established artists stand in as the supporting acts.

After seeing the Bronx rapper perform two times prior to this show, it was evident he was ready to up the levels again. From stage production to having a live band, everything was about progress for the next phase of his career. 'Jungle' is a classic and certainly one of his songs that resonates most with his fans, the crowd was electric as he came out to this record. Following it up with a mix of old school and tracks from his new EP, the show flowed perfectly, giving an opportunity for some dancers to perform to his more up beat tracks in between.

The HBTL artist showcased his energy throughout the whole show, interacting with the crowd and putting on a show with the dancers and live band. The show was concluded with A Boogie's biggest hit 'Drowning', which injected a new lease of energy into the Birmingham crowd. Within his stay in the UK it appeared that A Boogie made the most of PR opportunities, as he linked up with several famous footballers and even hosted a friend and family dinner produced by LiveBase in Bape Store London.


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