A retrospective look at Loyle Carner's "Not Waving But Drowning" tour.

Loyle Carner is undoubtably one of our favourite artists in the Friend or Faux office. Tonight marks the final UK date of the South Londoners "Not Waving But Drowning" tour so we've decided to share our thoughts from our trip to see the South London rappers show in Manchester last week.

I've been a massive fan of his work since hearing him on Rejjie Snows 2013 release "1992". After hearing his verse on the aforementioned track my immediate thoughts were "Wow. Who's this? He's sick." and instantly dived into finding more tracks.

Fast forward 4 years and "Yesterday's Gone" is released which marks the first time I managed to catch him live. The gig seemed to be over in a blurred flash and was without a doubt one of the most emotional performances I've witnessed with references to his late stepdad supporting Manchester United and why Manchester was one of his favourite cities to perform in. 

Another couple years later and I went back to Manchester for his most recent tour. Working his way through a setlist starting with Ice Water and visiting tracks including Angel and Florence along the way we ended up at possibly my favourite moment of the night. 

A crowd that had been full of energy all night dropped to silence as the man we came to see recited the opening poem from his album, Dear Jean.