Rizzle Kicks - Radio 1 Hackney Weekend review

'They truly get things started on the main stage'

Rizzle Kicks - Radio 1 Hackney Weekend review

Photographer: Chloe ChaplinChris Eustace on 23 June 2012

After a lukewarm Main Stage opening set by Leona Lewis, it's Harley and Jordan that truly get things started with an energetic ska-pop set.

The bouncy call-and-response of 'Prophet' and 'Dreamers' set the blueprint, but inevitably it's the effervescent 'When I Was A Youngster' that begins the pogo party.

There's time for a bit of reflection with a breezy 'Traveller's Chant' and for the duo to fulfil R1 DJs Huw Stephens and Greg James' request for something Will Smith-related with a quick scamper through 'Wild Wild West', but 'Mama Do The Hump' soon speeds things back up, complete with some spine-defying dance moves from the boys.

It's a nice coincidence that this, their first big outdoor gig, should come at Radio 1's most ambitious event to date. As the good time groove of 'Down With The Trumpets' closes things out, looks like they're both off to a flyer.


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