REVIEW: Ghostpoet, The Harley

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MERCURY nominated Ghostpoet calls himself “a lad with a lisp with some stories to tell,” but he far surpasses this plain description of himself during this Sheffield début.

His unique mix of synth, rap and riffs stir the previously lacklustre crowd into excitement, creating a buzz in the atmosphere and providing Ghostpoet with the perfect energy to feed off.

Without simply recreating his recorded sound, Ghostpoet manages to give an amazing performance, playing recognisable songs while adding a touch of something extra.

The honest lyrics are something fresh and new and, combined with his odd form of spoken poetry and rap, keep the room thoroughly entertained. The attention of the audience doesn’t waver once from Ghostpoet’s slow paced grime and hip-hop.

Album title track Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam receives ecstatic applause and clear crowd favourite Cash and Carry Me Home retains all of its eeriness while adding something slow and boozy in the flesh.

Ghostpoet is essentially not just a poet or a musician, but his honest lyrics add a form of social commentary rarely seen within music, with the feeling that he’s putting his thoughts out there in a more vulnerable way than most.

His electro hip-hop voice means his enthralling set passes far more quickly than the hour’s slot time would suggest, but the entire performance is far from generic. Ghostpoet promises to return to Sheffield as soon as he can for another performance, and it’s clear everyone here wants him back.