It was by chance I discovered one of my favourite artists Angel Haze was playing the Academy in Dublin.
There was very little publicity about the tour (and later I found out why) and I only realised when it popped up on Spotify.
I was so keen to go that I used my emergency credit card (well this was an emergency!)
Angel Haze burst onto the hip-hop scene with the debut album Dirty Gold.
The rapper, who identifies as agender and uses the pronoun they/them, has since split from her label and released her new mixtape Back to the Woods.
I only began listening to this a few days before the gig as I knew these songs would be featuring. I loved Dirty Gold which is a deeply personal album. At the time I was listening to it I was having some personal problems.
I can honestly say this album really helped me, music is the best form of therapy. When I was feeling bad I would either go for a run listening to it or listen to it at night when I couldn’t sleep.
Back to the Woods is quite different but very easy to listen to. Even though I’d only listened to it a couple of times I knew most of the songs before the gig.
Following the acrimonious split from Island Records, Haze said they “hate” some of the Dirty Gold songs so I guessed they wouldn’t be featuring in the show!
(Plus they favourited my tweet saying I was listening to Back to the Woods..almost died!)
Devmo was the ideal warm-up act and it was great to see a female rap artist as support.
Her cheeky personality really comes across well on stage. I particularly enjoyed her rendition of “Take me to Church.”
Talos seemed very subdued compared to Devmo’s energy yet singer Eoin French’s falsetto vocal is incredible.
Tk Kayembe who produced Back to the Woods took to the stage as DJ and hypeman around 9pm as Angel Haze almost sneaked on stage, all dressed in black.
“The more energy you give to me, the more I’ll give to you!” she announced to the crowd. As I’d speculated, the set was dominated by Back to the Woods songs.
“Moonrise Kingdom” is one of my favourite songs from BTTW.
For “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Detox” Haze selected two girls from the crowd to dance and flirt with on stage and also hopped down into the crowd at one point.
“The Woods” was a visceral powerful performance which details Haze’s was abused by a brother and how their mother turned a blind eye to it.
This song shows off both Haze’s singing ability and rapping. “Impossible” and “The Eulogy” were also impressive performances.
Haze’s most famous song “Battlecry” was the only “Dirty Gold” tune that they performed to the rapturous crowd.
“Would I be a dick if I didn’t play Battlecry?!” Haze asked the audience. The answer was a resounding yes!
“Werkin Girls” also produced by Kayembe had the entire crowd rapping along.
Haze then thanked the crowd saying a lot of people doubted their ability to undertake the tour and told the fans they were here because of them.
Haze is playing 40 cities across Europe without the support of a label hence the lack of publicity.
In fact, when I read the Academy’s listings in the paper, the gig didn’t even appear which is a travesty!
Haze signed CDs after the gig but I was too broke to buy one! From what I saw on social media, lots of lucky people got take a photo with them. Haze seems really appreciative and very gracious.
The gig was really reasonably priced with tickets only €20 including booking fee. Money well spent in my opinion. 🙂
Hope you all enjoyed this post, let me know if you were at the gig or if you’re an Angel Haze fan.
I have lots of exciting posts coming up, my next one will be one the sneaker trend.
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