The Verse’s Amelia Pulvertaft headed down to see Ady Suleiman at his show at The Haunt on the 12th October 2016.
On a windy Wednesday there’s no better way to escape the chilly October air than edging into The Haunt to boogie along to a truly incredible gig. On the 12th October Ady Suleiman graced Brighton with the finale of his headline tour.
I arrived early evening mid to interview Ady and I could see that the end of the tour was nearing. Vocals tired (but still working) and everyone buzzing for the final gig.
Returning later in the evening, I was lucky to get a spot at the front. We saw Jay Alexzander initiate the evening with his lively beats and soulful tone. Suiting well as a warm up he set the bar high for the evening. Mahalia followed on stage as the Haunt was still filling. The crowd were captivated by the music that Mahalia was putting out. Her honesty on stage and personality was reflected in her acoustic tunes. Mahalia had a likening to Ady that intrigued me, a few definite new additions to my playlist.
The crowd was energetic as the band came on stage, including Ady’s ‘day one’ guitarist Ed and Jay Alexzander as a backing vocalist. Needing no introduction, Ady was greeted on stage with the lengthened introduction of Running Away and immediately seemed shocked at the audience’s eager reaction. As the finale of his tour it seemed like Ady should have anticipated such a reaction, but his humble love for a mass singing his songs back was very endearing to see.
Ady also performed his newest single Wait for You. Merging soul, hip-hop and reggae Ady showed his emotion in an evidently personal song. Expressing personality on stage is something that varies across artists, but Ady showed that he was as honest and real as his self written songs were.
After leaving the stage and returning for one final song we were thanked for our ongoing support and treated to a rendition of Protoje’s Who Knows, a song that many new and that the band had covered for Radio 1extra’s live lounge.
Unceasingly grateful and incredibly talented, keep an eye out for Ady Suleiman. There’s a lot more to come.