Verge Reviews: Trey Songz #TriggaReloaded @ Indigo 2

Mr ‘Trigga’ Trey Songz has been in London for the last few nights and he has most certainly made the most of his time here! Kicking off his time in London with a pre-concert party at Project London, then moving onto supporting rap royalty, Nicki Minaj at the O2 on Saturday, to hosting his after party at Brooklyn Bowl that same night. But he definitely saved the best until last…

Trey Songz took to the stage at the Indigo2 on Sunday 29th March for a one-off ‘Trigga Reloaded’ show and our music editor Tasha Demi, went to check it out. Tickets to the show sold out within the hour of release and after witnessing the show, he did not disappoint.

Capital Xtra’s ‘Name you can trust’ DJ, Manny Norte, took to the decks to warm up the crowd before Ester Dean opened up the show as Trey’s support act. Now, you may be unfamiliar with her name, but you definitely know her work. Ester Dean has penned some of the biggest tracks out there that we all know and love. Think of some of Rihanna’s biggest hits: ‘Rude Boy’, ‘What’s My Name’, ‘Complicated’, ‘S & M’; and then Nicki’s ‘Pills N Potions’ and ‘Super Bass’, and not forgetting Beyonce’s ‘Countdown’, Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’, Usher’s ‘Hot Tottie’ and ‘Lil Freak’, Ciara’s ‘Never Ever’ – and the list goes on. Ester was joined on stage by 2 male dancers, but with a back catalogue as strong as hers, she’s all the hype man she needs!

After Ester Dean’s high energy performance, the excitement in the crowd was almost too much to bare for the hundreds of screaming girls cramped together trying to edge closer and closer to the stage to be just one centimetre closer to Trey when he finally arrived on stage.

Just before Trey hit the stage, there was a sudden fan frenzy when everyone downstairs started screaming and taking photo’s of the Kings Row balcony as they spotted Trey’s brother Forrest, and Mum April, take their seats amongst the audience. Tremaine was about half an hour late for his stage time (that is kind of expected though, right?!), but the screams in the crowd when he appeared from the back of the stage in a blacked out get up, proved that nobody minded at all.

Now, apart from stating the obvious (his charmingly good looks, and impressive physique), Trey pulled out all the stops last night to prove that he is a true talent and a really well respected artist. They’re aren’t many R&B singers out there that boast such a healthy collection of tracks – both old and new – and can say they have stayed relevant for all of those years with a super dedicated fanbase.

Trey pulled out hit after hit, as he was backed by his band, and four impressive female dancers – who have without a doubt inspired us to lay off the McDonalds, and hit the gym hard!

As if the love in the audience wasn’t strong enough, Trey treated us to a well thought out show, which saw him putting a twist on many of his well known, and well loved tracks. Taking to the stage for ‘Already Taken’, Trey broke down the end of the track and gave us a beautiful, acoustic rendition of the chorus full of quirky ad-libs which showed off his incredible voice.

He then moved onto perform, ‘Invented Sex’, ‘All We Do’, a beautiful rendition of ‘Can’t Be Friends’, and a massive audience favourite, ‘ Can’t Help But Wait’. Trey filled his time on stage by giving us some of his classic tracks like, ‘Simply Amazing’, ‘2 Reasons’, ‘Say Aah’, ‘Bottoms Up’, as well as some of his new one’s, including ‘Na Na’.

As the show went on, Trey changed from being blacked out, to rocking an all-white-everything outfit, and teased his lady fans by progressively showing off more and more skin. When he finally took off his white tee during his ‘Touchin, Lovin’ performance, he threw it into the audience and the crowd went crazy. For the duration of tha song, the closing of the show, and even as the crowd made their way out, a group of girls were still left behind playing tug of war with what used to be Trey’s t-shirt, but now looked like shreds of cotton… Dedication eh?!

We for one, are already looking forward to the next time Trey comes back to London. If you get a chance to see him perform live, take our word for it – go! He will not disappoint!

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