- 08 Feb 18
Paul Nolan was on-hand as the iconic rapper delivered a barnstorming opening night on the DAMN. tour
We have certainly been spoiled with gigs at 3Arena over the past 12 months – following on from memorable performances from Radiohead and Chic, tonight it’s the turn for a sold-out gig by one of the most iconic performers of his generation.
You can feel it too; I don’t think I’ve ever quite experienced the sense of anticipation in this venue that surges through the crowd before Kendrick Lamar appears. His arrival is heralded by an explosion, and then there he is: crouched centre-stage, before he bounces to his feet and kicks into an electrifying ‘DNA’.
Though the rapper has a band – who have a James Brown-level of tightness – stationed below to the right, this is a solo show in the strictest sense. For 90 minutes, Lamar holds the crowd in the palm of his hand as he prowls around, gestures wildly, bounces up and down, and generally performs with a demonic level of intensity.