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Bryson Tiller and SZA: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London 28/11/17

Bryson Tiller: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London 28//11/17 @bluesandsoul.com
Bryson Tiller: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London 28//11/17 @bluesandsoul.com Bryson Tiller: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London 28//11/17 @bluesandsoul.com SZA: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London 28//11/17 @bluesandsoul.com SZA: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London 28//11/17 @bluesandsoul.com SZA: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London 28//11/17 @bluesandsoul.com SZA: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London 28//11/17 @bluesandsoul.com SZA: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London 28//11/17 @bluesandsoul.com SZA: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London 28//11/17 @bluesandsoul.com SZA: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London 28//11/17 @bluesandsoul.com Bryson Tiller: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London 28//11/17 @bluesandsoul.com Bryson Tiller: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London 28//11/17 @bluesandsoul.com Bryson Tiller: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London 28//11/17 @bluesandsoul.com Bryson Tiller: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London 28//11/17 @bluesandsoul.com Bryson Tiller: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London 28//11/17 @bluesandsoul.com

2017 has been a huge year for SZA.Her "Ctrl" album was one of the year's highlights, and the string of Grammy nominations she received was testament to how quickly her star has risen. As one of the most talked-about acts of the past 12 months, it was a surprise when this tour was announced that she would be playing second fiddle as a support act... Bryson Tiller is a worthy headliner, but I'd be surprised if SZA's name isn't top of the bill next time she's on these shores.

With such a strong line-up, the crowd expectedly packed into the venue early, and it was full by the time SZA took to the stage.

Give her the stage and she will shine, and she held nothing back as she tore the Apollo apart. The star was in good voice and her energy didn't let up.

Fans joined in word-for-word as she fired through hits "Love Galore" and "The Weekend" in a quick fire set... she's going to be huge!

Few would fancy following that up, and expectation was high as Tiller emerged after a short break. He supported The Weeknd in London back in January, and since then has released critically acclaimed LP "Set It Off", which gave the tour its name.

He immediately mentioned a previous show he had played at London venue KOKO, apologising for the lack of energy he'd shown... I didn't see that show, but he was clearly intent on putting it right, as he bounded around the set and delivered an exciting set showcasing his growing back catalogue.

"Don't", from his "Trapsoul" album, had the audience dancing, and the energy level didn't let up throughout.

It was heavy on backing tracks, but the crowd didn't seem to care.
Tracks including "Exchange" and "Run Me Dry" were well received, and it was a good chance for the young crowd to see what Tiller is capable of.

When the lights finally went up, the crowd headed for the exits satisfied having seen two of the most promising RnB acts out there.

PHOTOS: DAVE BURKE
Words Dave Burke

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