24 June 2012

Labrinth plays on home turf

HACKNEY hit maker Labrinth got a warm welcome when he appeared before a home crowd at the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend on Sunday, 24 June.

The 23-year-old – who is building a reputation as one of the most sought after producers – went to Stoke Newington School, where he showed a precocious musical talent.

Buzzing after coming off stage in front of an appreciative audience, which included family and friends from Hackney, he said: "It was really great for me man, we had a lot of fun and a lot of people – it just went off."

Labrinth was in no doubt about the significance of such an event for the borough. He said: "This festival is extremely special, some people might not understand what it means to people around here. There hasn’t been this much excitement in Hackney for very long time.

"We’ve had Jay-Z here, Jack White, big artists coming here and that’s special. I know a lot of people have been waiting for something like this and hopefully it will bring a positive energy back to the area."

Hitting Hackney Marshes a day after playing the Isle of Wight festival, he added: "Everywhere I’m going people are complaining about the weather, and then we get here and the sun is shining. It’s like the sun is trying to throw a gag at me."

Then he was off, looking forward to seeing other acts on the bill. "I'm going to watch Florence + The Machine, obviously Tinie Tempah, Plan B, was my boy, and totally killed it on stage," he said.

Homegrown artist Labrinth was excited to be back in Hackney

Homegrown artist Labrinth was excited to be back in Hackney

Homegrown artist Labrinth was excited to be back in Hackney Labrinth rocks out in front of a home crowd

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