Brighton rapper ArrDee performs in a packed Concorde Brighton News

Those are the words of Brighton-born rapper ArrDee as his comeback show at Concorde 2 in Madeira Drive ended last night.

The 19-year-old appeared on stage in front of a packed crowd for the penultimate show of his Pier Pressure tour.

ArrDee, real name Riley Davies, released the 14-song mixtape on March 18 and began their UK tour last week on March 23 in Dublin.

Since then, the Woodingdean-born rapper has performed in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Brighton last night and wraps up his tour at the O2 Academy Islington in London on Friday April 1.

The Argus: ArrDee in the crowd during one of his tracksArrDee in the crowd during one of his tracks

ArrDee had fellow Brighton rapper Dred warming up the crowd for him before he appeared at around 9.30pm. Dred also jumped on stage to sing alongside ArrDee for a song.

The ArrDee crowd surfed for one of his songs and even threw his t-shirt into the crowd about 15 minutes later. The rapper also threw four “sweaty towels” into the crowd during the night, much to the delight of his fans.

Several other Brighton-based rappers were also on hand with ArrDee for his first official show in Brighton. Those standing behind him have witnessed Riley’s astronomical rise on the UK stage since April 2021.

The Argus: ArrDee on stage last night at Concorde 2. Photo by Michael BurnellArrDee on stage last night at Concorde 2. Photo by Michael Burnell

ArrDee appeared in a rap video aged just 17 in September 2020 for a platform called The Brighton Cypher with those same artists six months before he shot to fame. The platform features ‘raw Brighton talent’ and included his warm-up act from last night, Dred.

There was great energy in the room which erupted when ArrDee jumped onto the stage.

The show got better as the night wore on, with the crowd enjoying each of ArrDee’s high-energy songs such as “Cheeky Bars”, “War” and “Body – Remix”.

He also performed somewhat softer tracks such as “Early Hours” and “Pandemic” during his set.

ArrDee was watched in the crowd by legendary DJ Fatboy Slim who told The Argus he “really enjoyed” the show. Fatboy Slim is headlining the On The Beach festival on July 21 and 22 this year.

The Argus: ArrDee threw his t-shirt into the crowd for a lucky fan.  Photo by Michael BurnellArrDee threw his t-shirt into the crowd for a lucky fan. Photo by Michael Burnell

Last month, ArrDee said he would like to “team up” with Norman Cook for a future track.

He told The Argus: “He’s a crazy cool person. I think Brighton creates these people who are creative but down to earth.

“A link would be cool. I don’t know how we would do it, but a collaboration would be unhealthy.

Riley has made his love for Brighton clear, telling The Argus he could ‘never imagine’ leaving town.

Last night he reaffirmed that statement, shouting to the crowd that ‘there is no place in the world like Brighton’.

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This notice was published: 2022-03-30 12:15:00

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