It seems 2016 is going to be Craig David’s year. After a series of surprise appearances, including teaming up with BBC UK Garage spoof People Just Do Nothing, and covering Justin Bieber songs for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, Craig is back in the spotlight after almost a decade of shying away.
MTV and Armani Diamonds presented a live gig at Camden’s Electric Ballroom – Craig appeared under his new moniker – TS5. The show comprised of Craig DJing his old classics, such as Walking Away, 7 Days and Re-Wind, interspersed with club tracks by Destiny’s Child and Major Lazer. He then performed a live PA set singing over the instrumentals. The highlight of the evening was a remix of Dr Dre’s classic Still D.R.E. mixed with Walking Away, which set the crowd alight. There was even a surprise performance from South Londoner, Big Narsty with whom Craig collaborated on a recent club track.
The crowd was a strong mix of people who remember Craig from the first time around – seeing him work his way from small London venues to stardom, with a strong collection of dance floor fillers that took UK Garage mainstream in the early 2000’s, and equal parts youngsters who were trying to relive the buzzy atmosphere they were too young to witness originally. Yet everyone knew all the words, and the atmosphere was electric. It’s clear the public wants Craig to return as much as he wants to. He showed his genuine appreciation for performing live, and it appeared that he genuinely relished being back in the spotlight, all the time maintaining his humbleness that he is so renowned for. We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings him – and we wouldn’t be surprised if it includes a tour of the UK festival circuit.
By Toby Mellors