REVIEW: Ady Suleiman at Green Door Store, 29/2/16

On Monday 29th February, Ady Suleiman’s headline tour kicked off at Brighton’s Green Door Store.

Signed to Pemba Records (via Sony Music) and originally from Nottingham, Suleiman is an up and coming artist, whose music can be described as Indie/Soul, with a tropical vibe similar to Reggae. He has fans to the likes of Chance The Rapper, George The Poet, Joey Bada$$ and Labrinth. Having released his latest EP ‘What’s the Score?’, Ady is now embarking on his second headline tour in the UK.

The event began with the support act of the evening, Sway Clarke, from Germany, performing some of his own songs, whilst assisted by his guitarist and backing vocalist. Following this set, the main act was set to grace the stage. Entering with his vibrant peach-coloured Hawaiian-styled shirt, Ady was now on stage and was warmly welcomed by the cheering crowd, whilst his varied band played instrumentals. Engaging with the audience, he humbly introduced himself, expressing that he hoped the audience enjoyed the evening ahead. Blessing the mic with his unique tone, he passionately sung gripping vocals to his new song ‘What’s the Score?’, as the audience collectively sung and danced along to the ocean of rhythmic sounds.

Performing some songs from his previous EP ‘This Is My EP’, the heavy beats and clapping cadence incorporated in So Lost, nicely contrasted with Ady’s distinctive and soulful vocals. It resonated with the crowd, as they jumped along to the compelling instrumentals and sung to the honest nature of the lyrics. Need Somebody To Love was also performed; this tuneful track had an easy listening vibe to it, which added further variety to the set.

Halfway through the set, Suleiman performed one of the first songs he wrote as an artist with his acoustic guitar. This created a calming atmosphere as the crowd stared in admiration of his talent, whilst he displayed his range of musical abilities.

To finish off the set, Ady performed ‘State of Mind’ which had a fun/playful vibe to it through its spirited melody, but was also engaging through its thought-provoking/socially conscious lyrics. Before leaving the stage, he thanked the audience for their time.

If you are a fan of Indie/Soul/Alternative genres, I would recommend seeing Ady Suleiman Live.

To check out the interview we had with Ady a few weeks back, please click here.

By Maxine Harrison

The Verse Staff

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