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Blackstreet + Mya + Case: Indigo, O2, London 30/3/18

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For many people who went to school in the 90s, "No Diggity" was one of the defining tracks of the decade. All these years later it's still a staple at r'n'b nights, so the chance to see Blackstreet do it live was too good to miss.

Founding member Teddy Riley may not be part of the group anymore, but current line-up Chauncey "Black" Hannibal, Levi Little, Mark Middleton and Eric Williams would show there's still plenty of life in Blackstreet yet.

The night at Greenwich's Indigo boasted a strong bill...

It opened with r'n'b star Case, whose set included "Touch Me Tease Me" and "Missing You". His silky smooth voice filled the venue and went down well with the crowd.

Next up was Mya, who had a string of hits back in the 90s... She tore up the stage with an energetic performance, with highlights including the massive "Case of The Ex".

After a short break, it was time for the headliners.

Dressed in all white, Blackstreet rolled back the years... The excellent "Can't Get You Out of My Mind" sounded superb given the live treatment. Likewise the huge "Don't Leave Me" is still fresh all these years later.

All four current members are accomplished performers, and Black built up an easy rapport with the audience.

Unsurprisingly it was close to the end when the first bars of "No Diggity" sounded, greeted with delight. Dr Dre's verse came over the sound system before Blackstreet brought it on home.

They're still working on new material, and it was a great showcase for what they can do.

With three torchbearers for a golden era of r'n'b, the night proved to be a big success, and the crowd left happy as the night drew to a close.
Words Dave Burke

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