Professor Green with support from Monster Florence
Professor Green finally got around to visiting the Albert Hall in Manchester after a two-year delay, to play the 10th (now 12th) anniversary tour of his career-defining album, “At Your Convenience”.
Support for this evening was Monster Florence which is a British hip-hop group from Colchester. The group is composed of six members: vocalists Dream Mclean, Alex Osiris and Wallace Rice, formerly known as Regime, and instrumentalists Tom Donovan, Jonny Poole and Cameron Morrell. The group formed after playing together for what was meant to be a one-off festival performance. From the moment they entered the stage, as a unit you could see they meant business, they were tight, the three front men covering the stage, each leading vocals, tracks taken from their latest album “Master System” was received favourably from a buoyant crowd. Their music is playful, lyrically they have a maturity that drives through their performance. What a great way to start the evening.
This was the third night of this much anticipated but delayed tour, as the fans had waited patiently for Professor Green to come on stage.
Stephen Manderson, AKA Professor Green, Rapper, Songwriter, Mental health campaigner, Restaurant, and television presenter, has covered a wide spectrum of key roles, and so tonight his loyal fanbase has turned out in force to welcome and support him on this leg of his whirlwind tour.
Taking to the stage, he cast a lowly figure as he patrolled the stage, as the Bass line to his opening song, “Don’t piss me off”, boomed out to a sea of mobile phones all lit up and tracking his every move. The first thing that hit me was how up for this The Professor was, immediately talking to the crowd, and working the stage to reach out to the appreciative crowd.
As you would expect the night wayed heavily on the “At your Convenience” album, and we got a mix of new and classic tracks, all delivered by an artist that has a story, many stories to tell, rarely do you see someone who is in their element so comfortable in front of the crowd, and having a ball.
Joining the Professor on stage was Dream McClean from tonight’s opening act Monster Florence, for a duet on “Selfish Love”, it was a superb performance, finishing the set with McClean and Emilie Sande’s “Read all about it”, which finally brought the house down.
Tonight’s performance was a classic one, it has been a while since I stood in awe of a rap artist who kept my attention for a whole set, I am sure schedules permitting a more extensive tour and possibly some festival slots could be on the cards.
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