What crowd trouble at Olamide’s record-breaking YBNL 2.0 London concert could mean for Nigerian artistes

Posted on October 10 2016 , at 05:22 pm
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  • Olamide's YBNL 2.0 concert at Hammersmith Apollo in London was marred by overcrowding.

Olamide performing at YBNL 2.0 concert
Olamide performing at YBNL 2.0 concert.  Photo: Michael Tube Creations

On Sunday, October 9, Olamide and his YBNL camp stormed London for a concert that would see them shut down the iconic Hammersmith Apollo.

The event however, didn’t go as smoothly as the concertgoers and organisers would have hoped, with Olamide having to cut short his closing performance due to crowd trouble in and outside of the venue.

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Hammersmith Apollo, which houses just a little over 5,000 concertgoers,  was sold out and there are reports that security had to close the doors due to overcrowding, refusing several disgruntled and apprehensive fans entry.

Hammersmith Apollo, venue of Olamide's YBNL 2.0 Concert
Hammersmith Apollo, venue of Olamide’s YBNL 2.0 Concert.  Photo: Michael Tube Creations

The same venue was filled to capacity when Burna Boy performed there barely a week ago, and the development comes as little surprise, given Olamide and his crew’s status.

Just when Baddo graced the stage – a second time – for his closing performance after YBNL acts, Adekunle Gold and Temmie Ovwasa, as well as affiliates Lil Kesh and Viktoh had performed, he reportedly had to cut short his performance, as the crowd control got increasingly difficult.

He couldn’t perform a bevy of his hit songs as a result, much to the disappointment of a lot of attendees.

Lil Kesh performing at YBNL 2.0 concert
Lil Kesh performing at YBNL 2.0 concert.  Photo: Michael Tube Creations

 

 

 

 

Adekunle Gold performing at YBNL 2.0 concert
Adekunle Gold performing at YBNL 2.0 concert.  Photo:Michael Tube Creations

 

 

Temmie Ovwasa performing at YBNL 2.0 concert in London. Photo:Michael Tubes Creations
Temmie Ovwasa performing at YBNL 2.0 concert in London. Photo:Michael Tube Creations

In 1987, the Hammersmith Apollo refused to host any rap groups for several years due to trouble outside the venue before and after a performance by American rap group, Public Enemy.

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Whether the events that played out during YBNL’s concert would attract a similar clampdown on Nigerian artistes remains to be seen.

Given Olamide’s god-like status on Nigeria’s music scene however, the need for bigger venues for his concerts need to be given proper consideration from now on.

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