Review: Sean Paul at The Ericsson Indoor Arena at The Ricoh

Much was expected of Sean Paul ahead of his “homecoming” show in Coventry last night, and it is fair to say that he delivered.

The 45-year-old star took to the stage in front of a sold out crowd of 6,500 people expecting big hits, and boy did he deliver.

Coming out on stage to a huge ovation, the Grammy Award winning performer wasted no time in bringing out the big hits, opening with ‘No Lie’ and ‘Get Busy’.

With 18 years worth of songs to get though, each generation of Sean Paul was represented including some forgotten gems, with ‘Got 2 Luv U’ a pleasant surprise.

His new album saw airtime too, with new singles ‘Mad Love’ and ‘Tip Pon It’ receiving a warm reaction.

He was also able to spring a surprise or two on the crowd at the Ricoh too, with an energetic cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’.

 

Family ties

Ahead of the gig, much was made of Sean Paul’s family ties to Coventry and Warwickshire.

His grandmother was born in Coventry, and years later, he still has family in the city.

And on the night, he welcomed his grandmother’s niece – his Auntie Pat onto the stage, in what was a touching moment, before launching into ‘Rockabye’ – in what was a tribute to his mother and grandmother.

Prior to the gig he had said : “I’ve always been fascinated by my grandmother’s stories from her time in the city, as she was there during the second world war when Coventry was bombed.

“It’s going to be a nostalgic visit for me because although I’ve never been there, I will be thinking about the stories she told us.

“I love stage shows and being able to perform somewhere that I can call a piece of my home is going to be amazing.”

 

Taking it to the limit

With time ticking on, and the noise curfew fast approaching, the stage manager at the venue would have been forgiven for getting a little twitchy.

But Sean Paul wasn’t finished yet.

He still had his biggest hits to come, ending the night with ‘She Doesn’t Mind’ and ‘Temperature’, to send the masses home happy.

All in all, it was an energetic night, and credit has to be given to the organisers Showtime Live, as the pacing of the evening was on point.

Charlie Sloth, Fatman Scoop and Nathan Dawe provided the warm up sets, to get the crowds going, with very little time to wait in between each one. The last big act to take to the stage up at the Ricoh were The Rolling Stones just weeks ago. This was very different, but in a good way.

Another tremendous night that will go down in Coventry music history.




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