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"Leeds Festival" - Band Review


In advance of their set there had been a lot of noise coming from Hull and elsewhere about The Gang (aka The G.A.N.G - it stands for Growth And Not Glory). Their appearance on stage at its most populous period in the early afternoon augured well for them. The front trio of Chima "Kizzle" Etekochay (singer/songwriter), Anthony "Nero" Iluobe (rapper/songwriter) and Trea "Heatrock" Barber (producer) with bass and drums locked in behind looked very strong, refreshing eyeballs and demanding attention.

The crowd was HUGE and got sucked straight in for the hip hop opening. "Make Some Noise" and the like. The moves, the smiles, the demands to "Dare To Be Different!" were so pumped that no one could, or would want to, escape.

As the set flowed seamlessly on each of the three frontmen offend a distinct character. The sweet soul singing voice of Kizzle Etekochay took centre stage. Nero Iluobe did star-quality encouragement and continuity from stage left and Heatrock Barber kept it level with a hint of menace over on Stage right. "System Overload" was the big populist tune - with a chorus to get everyone howling along. "Shadow Of The Night" (the current single) showed off the quality of the production and performance standard - fruits of three years of collaboration since the three got started.

The 25 minutes ration seemed far too short. This was both the most fun and the biggest crowd of the weekend on the BBC Introducing Stage.

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