Event Reviews

Published on November 22nd, 2016 | by Tariq Peters




Photography by Zek.Snaps

Since his SBTV debut with “Tell Me/Like Us” back in January last year, SNE has become an ambassador for Hackney in his own right, a borough that was once plagued by poverty, crime and limited prospects is finally being recognised for the undeniable talent it has to offer. SNE has proved why he is labelled ‘Hackney’s Golden Child’ as he uses his music to inspire a community to strive for greatness and to follow their dreams wholeheartedly.

It hasn’t been long since the release of SNE’s highly anticipated project ‘Essence’ (check out the review here) and since its release the reception has been overwhelming to say the least. We once described SNE’s sound as “an alluring blend of reminiscent R&B and gritty, hardcore Trap Rap” and that’s exactly what it is! His ability to cater to a diverse crowd who may know him more for his smooth R&B joints (“Tiana Major”) or his bass bumping Trap side (“Rico Rodrigo”) only proves how versatile he is as an artist and a performer.


Photography by Zek.Snaps

SNE not only sold out his headline show within a miraculous 48 hours, but only proved to have a developed a close knit fan base as he is essentially speaking from the heart showing the world what Hackney is really about. It was very noble of SNE to take it back to where it all started having his debut headline show at Birthdays, one of the most recent, vibrant spots in Hackney that aims to champion talent such as SNE. Hosted by actor Nathan Hector, the night was filled with many people from the creative industry that came down to show love and support. The love of the music all brought us together to support an upcoming talent on a mission to make history and put his town on the map.

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Photography by Gus LDN

SNE was joined by a well rounded array of musical talent with very special performances ranging from articulate spoken word courtesy of Ayo Wrote, to the graceful, harmonious vocals of Cari which proved to be a great opening performance of the night.

We were soon reintroduced to J-Flowz, an artist who is arguably one of the best performers in the UK, who has an infectious level of energy and the music to back it up. J-Flowz performed many crowd favourites and certainly had the crowd pumped. The synergy between SNE and J-Flowz for the bass bumping “Trillest” was a very special moment in which SNE paid homage to J-Flowz revealing that everything he knows musically was learnt from him.


Photography by Zek.Snaps

SNE performed all of his tracks from ‘Essence’ and some other tracks from his catalogue including some classic throwbacks! He even surprised us with a full length version of his “Hood Don’t Care Skit” which turned out to be exceptional.

For those who have been following the journey of SNE before ‘Essence’, before ‘IOU’ and even before ‘SN13’ would know that the same people you see him flexing with on stage today are the same people that have aided him through his musical journey which is why it was only right to see the likes of long term collaborators Armzout, Careless & Frenzy shutting down the stage alongside him. The support was evident at Birthdays with special guest performances from Shauna Shadae, TE Dness, Solo and fellow East Londoner Yxng Bane.


Photography by Zek.Snaps

The night concluded with a duet with SNE and the mesmerising Rebecca Garton as they performed the track “No More Singing” which definitely had the ladies in the crowd singing along, an elegant way to end the night with the ladies in mind. SNE brought his mother on stage to share the joys of pulling off a successful headline show as his mother truly understood how important the music is as she was able to witness a historic moment for her son.

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Photography by Gus LDN

We left Birthdays that night feeling inspired and proud. SNE’s debut headline show proved that East London is back and back with a vengeance! The headline show was a great way to end what was an impactful year for SNE and with a huge demand for his music and a huge demand for his story to be told to the masses, it won’t be long until he’s selling out bigger venues for more people to get the chance to embrace our very own ‘Hackney’s Golden Child’.

Make sure you check out a snippet of how the night went down below via GiovannaMae:

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