Spotify Who We Be paving the way for live music experiences

The music landscape has evolved at a rate of knots over the past few years, with giants such as Spotify and Apple playing a huge part. The boom of subscription services has meant the giants are looking for ways to grab people’s attention, and develop loyalty to their brand. And with that, Spotify have taken a big step in the right direction with their Who We Be live show, hosted at the famous Alexandra Palace in London.

The event at Ally Pally brought together some of the world’s biggest hip-hop, grime and R&B acts, with huge names including Tory Lanez, Craig David and French Montana as part of their Who We Be live show.

The show saw some of the UK’s top talents putting on a treat for their fans, including performances from Ghetts, Lethal Bizzle and Raye.

A personal highlight of the show for me was the appearance of FAULT Magazine #28 cover star Tory Lanez. He performed his biggest songs, with a real energy and verve. Before he was done, there was time for a spot of crowd surfing across the front rows.

Craig David showed why he’s well worth headlining, continuing his remarkable comeback to put on a great performance. He cycled through a few of his classics (7 Days, Fill Me In) alongside some of his new songs, as well as a cover of Robyn’s Show Me Love.

Ending the night was hip-hop heavyweight French Montana. Eagerly anticipated, he played some of his biggest hits such as Unforgettable and No Stylist, and was even able to call upon Stefflon Don and Krept & Konan to help close the show and make it a truly unforgettable night.

The youthful audience were delirious, seeing their favourite acts performing back-to-back-to-back and so on. No waiting around for 30 minutes between acts like you get at some music events. Each act coming up pretty swiftly after the other; as if you’ve streaming it through your earphones, with music being played continuously. It helped add to the live event aspect of what Spotify are trying to achieve, and showed they’re serious about giving people what they want. All their favourite acts delivering their favourite songs for them.

We’d love to see Spotify extend this format out to other playlists they have on their service. And if the Who We Be live shows are anything to go by, they’ll be making the right call.

CRAIG DAVID PERFORMS NEW SINGLE ‘HEARTLINE’ TO STAR-STUDDED CROWD AT THE VODAFONE VAULTS TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF NEW VODAFONE PASSES

Joined by Professor GreenDonna Air, model Daisy Lowe, Tom Daley and husband, Dustin Lance Black at The Vodafone Vaults, Craig David performed his latest hit single ‘Heartline’ to celebrate the launch of new Vodafone Passes –  a new way for consumers to enjoy more of the video, music, social and chat apps they love without using up their monthly data allowance.

Craig David at The Vodafone Vaults

Packed with endless surprises, the intimate party, hosted by comedian Jon Culshaw at London’s Bankside Vaults, saw guests from the worlds of music, sport and fashion, guided through the ever-expanding space and immersed into the world of music, video, chat and social media. Dancing to the beats of Capital FM’s Marvin Humes, were celebrity attendees including Team GB’s Greg Rutherford, fashion designer Henry Holland and more.

 

Henry Holland at The Vodafone Vaults

Vodafone Passes are split into four categories: The Video Pass – including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube; The Music Pass – including Spotify, TIDAL and SoundCloud; The Social Pass – including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest; The Chat Pass – including WhatsApp, Viber and Facebook Messenger.

 

Professor Green at The Vodafone Vaults

Vodafone Passes

Passes are a new way to enjoy more of the video, music, social & chat apps you love without using up your monthly data allowance. Passes zero rate the data costs associated with the apps in the ‘category’ of the Pass chosen – offering endless data on a wide range of apps.

 

Video Pass £7/month

(intro offer, normally £9/month)

Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, DisneyLife, Vevo, My5, YouTube, UKTV Play and TVPlayer, which includes channels like HISTORY, Lifetime, MTV & Comedy Central

 

Music Pass £5/month

Spotify, Deezer, Napster, SoundCloud, TIDAL, Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music

 

Social Pass £5/month

Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter

 

Chat Pass £3/month

Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Viber

 

Combo Pass £15/month

All the passes in one

FAULT Weekly Playlist: Midnight Pool Party

Sydney producers Midnight Pool Party make the kind of music you want to play while out on a late night drive or in the club dancing under a disco ball. The pair have released their anticipated debut EP ‘Dalliance’, which sees a playful five-track body of work brought to life through a clear musical objective. Lyrically, the EP draws from the bittersweet emotions of the ups and downs of relationships, but musically expresses an irresistible groove with soulful, feel-good rhythms. So if you’re in need of a pick-me-up post-breakup, this is what just the doctor ordered.

We asked MPP to put together some of their favorite tunes, which includes tracks from fellow Aussies Flight Facilities and Flume, as well as one of the duo’s inspirations, Snakehips.

Cosmos Midnight – History

“Getting drunk and going home with someone shouldn’t. Taking that scenario turning it into a dance song applies to so many people on the dance floor, smart and catchy AF.”

Calvin Harris/Frank Ocean/Migos – Slide

“When we read ‘CALVIN + FRANK + MIGOS’ we did know what to expect… until we pressed ‘PLAY’ and it was instant love.”

Kaytranada – Got It Good

“Kaytranada never does anything wrong and pairing up with smooth vocals from Craig David makes this song so smooth and so chill.”

Drake – Take Care

“Drake combined with Jamie xx was unexpected but so cool. It was different from what other hip hop artists were doing at the time. Drake always seems to keep things interesting.”

Banks – Warm Water (Snakehips Remix)

“We loved the original version by Banks, but Snakehips injected so much grove into their remix that we couldn’t stop listening. It’s everything we aimed for when we were making our own music.”

Flight Facilities – Clair de Lune

“FF Boys are gods to us and this song inspired us to write our track ‘collide’, intense, beautiful.”

Young Franco – Drop Your Love (Ja Funk Remix)

“Young Franco is the coolest dudes ever! The original amazing but this funky ass remix just takes it to a different level.”

Flume – Never Be Like You

“There’s a reason why this was #1 on triple j hottest 100! Flume is doing Australia proud.”

Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You

“That falsetto! Oooft! Even if you can’t sing, you can’t help but sing along anyway… and cry at the same time haha.”

Chance The Rapper – All Night

“His whole album is amazing and this song is an absolute jam. It doesn’t matter what you are doing, when this song comes on your body just moves to the beat without you knowing it… now THAT is a good song!”

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