4th October | O2 Academy

When you release your first album, it’s often a ‘nose above the parapet’ moment. A few more people can see you; one or two of them usually take pot shots at you. You wind your neck back in and retreat until you feel confident enough to resurface with heavier armoury.

Considering Loyle Carner’s debut album, Yesterday’s Gone came out this January, 2017 has been a full-on assault from Mr Coyle-Larner, flanked all the way by Rebel Kleff. To be a seriously-backed contender in a strong Mercury Prize shortlist shows that the relative obscurity of ‘yesterday’ is already the distant past.

This week, he stands alongside Robert Plant, Morrissey, Mogwai and Alt-J on BBC 6Music Live as an equal. Ask anyone who went to Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, WOMAD, Kendal Calling, and they’ll cite his set as a stand-out moment. If you saw him at Motion in February, you’ll surely be in possession of a ticket for this show.

If you have any remaining p’s after spending all your money on his new CD, you can’t buy a ticket for the O2 Academy show. It’s sold out. There may be some on secondary ticketing sites, but those cats are from the ninth ring of Hell and we’d rather you stayed at home and slammed your head in the fridge door for the evening than put your hard-earned money in their grubby palms.

Loyle Carner has been exchanging guest list spots for bona-fide, large-sized vintage replica football shirts. So, if you want to make something of that unflattering 1992 Norwich kit that your Uncle Trevor bought you, you might just have a chance. Root it out of the attic and get it on Twitter.

Check out the video for ‘NO CD’ below.