[GIG REVIEW] Far East Movement Shines at Cherrytree London
Following their performance at the iconic Wembley Stadium in London, Far East Movement played King's College Student Union on Monday evening for Cherrytree London, a very special club night that featured an exciting line up of artists supported by the tastemaking pop alternative label, including LMFAO, Frankmusik, Natalia Kills, Colette Carr and special guest Ellie Goulding.
Far East Movement's adrenaline-fueled show was a relentless, unstoppable and tireless tour de force of their L.A. bred club jams that had the crowd dizzy on their feet from beginning to end.
The Los Angeles outfit of Kev Nish, Prohgress, J Spliff and DJ Virman performed a selection of hits from their debut LP "Free Wired," including their new single "So What," a tribute to the Beastie Boys, "If I Was You (OMG)" and "Go Ape."
Staying true to Cherrytree Records' collaborative spirit, the group invited a couple of their label mates to come on stage with them. Natalia Kills joined Far East Movement to perform their global breakthrough smash "Like A G6" and a pitch-perfect Frankmusik jumped on the keys and mic to perform "Rocketeer," a song written by Bruno Mars and originally performed with Ryan Tedder of One Republic.
After previously seeing Far East Movement perform in Amsterdam and Los Angeles, I found it particularly interesting to see how their stage show is evolving. With Kev Nish on the guitar and Prohgress playing synths, the group's set clearly identifies them as an ensemble of musicians rather than a loose collective of individual MCs.
These four are clearly not a soundboard creation, but a forward-thinking and tight group of artists with a laser-sharp focus and a distinct, polished aesthetic that successfully establishes a platform for continued success.
And London agreed. The group triumphed at King's College with a show that displayed their versatility, but most importantly, with a show that had the crowd cheering, waving and jumping along non-stop.