THE BLAST OFF! TOUR
Motorpoint Arena (Cardiff), Mon 2 March 2020
Cardiff is ready to party on a nice Monday night, an unusual day
for a party, but it doesn´t matter the cream of 90's R'n'B is
preparing an unforgettable evening for all the people who have gone
to Motorpoint Arena, in the heart of the city.
Despite having a little problem with the ticket I arrived in time
to see the most anticipated artists. I was quite surprised to see
that the crowd was made up of groups of friends dancing and not paying
attention to what was going on on stage, but it was for a very good
reason; this performance was strictly formed for hits and nobody was
looking for a deep album.
I missed the performance of the first artists: UK Garage All-Stars
and Lisa Maffia and MC Romeo; for these reasons I can´t say
anything about them, sorry boys!
Oxide & Neutrino was taking charge of warming up the crowd and
they made a commendable job while Fatman Scoop had to DJ between sets
and being the host of the venue, although sometimes resulted tiresome
for the long speech and silly things that he made.
Next it was Blu Cantrells turn to take the stage, well-know
for her song "Breathe"; with Sean Paul she made an elegant
performance. Next, Mya stepped up with her show, nothing notorious
to said about her, considering that was a bored show which had too
much choreography without sense, maybe the new Brittany Spears of
the hip hop?
Then Eve took the stage, the highlight of her set being
a collaboration with Gwen Stefani - on the big screen- "Let Me
Blow Your Mind".
A countdown clock appears on the big screen and theres an air
of anticipation with Salt-N-Pepa due onstage. The girls are indeed
here and blast straight into "Push It". They back that up
with "Lets Talk About Sex" and "Shoop",
all their great 90's hits. On the stage, Salt-N-Pepa demonstrated
that they still being the Hip Hop's queens. And, with them, its
the first time that people in attendance are taking notice of whats
actually happening on stage.
Then it was the turn of reggae star Shaggys set: "Oh Carolina",
"Angel", "It Wasnt Me" and, of course, "Boombastic".
All of this hits made the delight for the crowd present in the venue
who singing with the artist in chorus.
Headliner Nelly was unavoidable in the 2000's with hit
after hit. Recent years, he wasn't so active, but the world hasn't
forgotten him, as the best reaction of the night was for the rapper.
Apart from the genuine show of seeing Salt-N-Pepa live, you get the
impression the crowd would have been equally happy with a DJ who put
on all these hits.
Words and Pix - Maria