Gig Review: Nicki Minaj - HMV Hammersmith Apollo London ✭✭✭✭

Nicki Minaj
HMV Hammersmith Apollo London

Monday 25th June: A sold out crowd of mostly die-hard fans of Minaj were wowed by a high octane performance last night in London. After playing Radio 1's Hackney Weekend, and selling out this venue on Sunday, it was plain to see why she is so popular.

On a backdrop of an LED video wall set, lots of truss, strobes and backed by six dancers, a DJ and an MC, the crowd were in for a great night, and Nicki didn't disappoint.

Opening with Romans Revenge, Did It On 'Em and I Am Your Leader, she showed why she is a clear leader at working an audience, whipping everyone into a frenzy with her delectable style of rapping and figure hugging costume. Got to admit that her singing isn't the greatest I've ever heard, but she makes up for it with her rapping, so I will let her off.

Beez In The Trap got an almighty deafening roar from the crowd, clearly a huge favourite, along with Stupid Hoe. Along with three costume changes, the audience were singing along to other hits such as Starships and Marilyn Monroe.

Towards the end, Nicki got a few members of the audience on stage to sing along with her, and finished the night in style with Superbass. Everyone left with a beaming smile on their face after witnessing a highly entertaining evening, and looking forward to an arena tour in October/November.

4 out of 5 stars ✭✭✭✭


JUNE 2012

SUNDAY                       24         LONDON HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
MONDAY                      25         LONDON HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
TUESDAY                     26         BIRMINGHAM NIA ACADEMY
THURSDAY                   28         02 APOLLO MANCHESTER


OCT 2012
SUNDAY                       21         NOTTINGHAM ARENA
MONDAY                      22         MANCHESTER ARENA
WEDNESDAY                24         LIVERPOOL ECHO ARENA
THURSDAY                   25         NEWCASTLE ARENA
SATURDAY                   27         BIRMINGHAM LG ARENA
TUESDAY                     30         LOND0N 02 ARENA

NOV 2012
SATURDAY                   03         SHEFFIELD ARENA
WEDNESDAY                07         CARDIFF ARENA

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