Following a six year absence from the music scene, Craig David made a surprise guest appearance during Kurupt FM’s “60 Minutes Live” takeover on BBC Radio 1Xtra in September 2015, where he performed his debut single “Fill Me In” remixed with Skrillex and Diplo (ft. Justin Bieber) – “Where Are Ü Now”.
The track, which later became known as “16”, went viral, gathering hundreds of thousands of views across social media and catapulting the Southampton-born singer back into the spotlight.
Fast-forward 18 months and Craig David is walking out on stage at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena – the ninth date on his “Following My Intuition” tour.
Dressed in an all-white tracksuit, Craig David emerged from the back of the stage, bursting into the tropical vibes of “Ain’t Giving Up” and the R&B stylings of “What’s Your Flava?”
The setlist on the night intertwined EDM-garage tracks from Craig David’s chart-topping album “Following My Intuition”, such as “Louder Than Words”, “Change My Love” and “Nothing Like This”, with the pop/garage tracks from which Craig David first became a household name, including “Fill Me In”, “Walking Away” and “Don’t Love You No More (I’m Sorry)”.
Throughout the show, Craig David regularly gave heartfelt thank-yous to the thousands of fans that had turned out to see him in Newcastle for helping him get his career back on track.
As his backing band broke out into the sound of “Rise & Fall”, Craig David explained: “When I wrote this song back then, I didn’t realise I was predicting my future. I hit a low and it was the hardest time of my life, but here I am. Thank you.”
As the first half of the show came to its conclusion with a cover of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” and a rendition of “7 Days”, Craig David promised to “turn this place into a rave”, returning to the stage a few minutes later with his TS5-branded DJ equipment. And he certainly delivered.
Initially, the inclusion of a DJ set raised a number of questions. However, any doubts were quickly dashed when the sheer energy in the building was turned up to another level, as onlookers sang and danced to every track, which contained a mix of old-school garage tracks (e.g. Sweet Female Attitude – “Flowers”) and remixes of recent chart hits (Drake – “One Dance”, Tinie Tempah – “Girls Like”).
Craig David also incorporated some of his own tracks into the DJ set, inviting his support act, Big Narstie, to collaborate for their single, “When The Bassline Drops”, before bringing his band back onto the stage to bring proceedings to a close with “16”.
As everyone headed towards the exits, reflecting on the show, it was clearly evident that everyone inside the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena that night had witnessed something special, and it’s a testimony to Craig David’s capabilities as an artist to see two generations of families coming together to enjoy the show. Craig David is back and he’s better than ever before.
Craig David’s “Following My Intuition” tour continues at the First Direct Arena on Friday, March 31st, 2017 and ends on Friday, September 1st, 2017 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Tickets for the show can be purchased from the official website.