Bryson Tiller | Live at Wembley Arena, London

The first night of Bryson Tiller’s three-night sold-out show at Wembley Arena was stellar. Off the heels of his recently released self-titled album, he gave fans a show worth waiting for. 

When 1883 had the opportunity to interview Bryson last year, he hinted at the dawn of a new era. Fans eagerly awaited new music, and their patience was rewarded with a series of Tiller Tuesday drops on social media starting in January. The announcement of his world tour, including a return to the UK, further heightened the anticipation. After his memorable performance at the Wireless Festival last year, it was only a matter of time before he returned for a headline show. 

Fast-forward to last night when Bryson brought his BTA character to life on stage as he sang through his many hits from his expansive catalogue and treated fans to the standout favourites from the new album. 

Bryson’s hour-long show was a visual spectacle, with his futuristic character dominating the stage. The set design and production, reminiscent of a video game, perfectly complemented this aesthetic. With only two dancers occasionally appearing, Bryson held the crowd’s attention, showcasing his impressive repertoire of hits.

From start to finish, the crowd was fully immersed in the experience, singing along with gusto and giving their all. It’s not just about gently singing Bryson Tiller lyrics; it’s about belting them out with passion. 

Of course, favourites like “Exhange”, “Let Em Know”, “Wild Thoughts”, and “Blame” raised energy and sound levels. However, other moments included the Victoria Monét featured standout track from the new album Persuasion, which everybody was waiting for. Additionally, the biggest of them all and the track that started it all, “Don’t”, was the night moment as everyone, including myself, shouted that one. 

Overall, the show was a testament to Bryson’s artistic growth and creative evolution since the start of his career. This era has seen him push boundaries and elevate himself in all aspects of his craft, proving that he is more than just the king of Trapsoul.

Words Seneo Mwamba

Photography Setor Tsikudo

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