14 January 2011
Plan B, Brixton
It’s all hands on deck at Plan B when I arrive. Staff look overwhelmed, taken aback by an early wave of James Blake-mania. Advance tickets sold out ages ago. And by 8:30pm, the queue’s jam-packed with hip hopefuls. Luckily, my name’s on the list. But when I get to the front, Igor the Terrible won’t budge. “You go over dere,” he says. Is it me, or is he pointing at traffic?
Eventually, I’m rescued from the Russian Hulk and ushered to the door. Portishead’s 'Glory Box' is playing and the smoky room looks still and surprisingly subdued for 2011’s hottest ticket. No doubt they’re funneling people in slowly, strategically – classic nightclub technique. Still, you can feel the anticipation in the air.
From the cover of Clash Magazine to the BBC’s 'Sounds of 2011' and hype from NME, it’s been a busy year for 22-year-old James Blake already. And don’t forget, last month, he was the runner up in the Brit Awards 2011 Critics’ Choice category – sandwiched between Jessie J and The Vaccines.
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