Bree Runway had reached the halfway point of her debut tour in Birmingham last Friday (11/03/2022) on the top floor of the O2 Institute. I must say we definitely gave the up-and-coming superstar the energetic crowds that she deserves. This is the BET Award winner’s first tour which spans across Manchester, Birmingham and London. After the immense success of her debut mixtape 2000AND4EVA her latest singles HOT HOT and Pressure.
As soon as the band came on the stage and played the beginning riffs of the first song, screams erupted from the audience and crescendoed as Bree stepped onto the stage in a striking red outfit. Prior to her arrival the crowd had been chanting “BREE! BREE! BREE!” in anticipation – a sure sign of an already excitable fanbase. She kicked off the concert with her powerful headbangers APES**T and LITTLE NOKIA from her mixtape which kept the energy levels high, whilst everyone in the crowd was chanting all the lyrics as if they had written the songs themselves.
On stage, Bree made an effort to interact with the crowd in a light and cheerful way, curious to know what a genuine Birmingham accent sounded like as she stated it was her first time in the city, she consulted some (very lucky!) members of the audience with great humour. The popstar seemed hugely impressed with the energy levels from the start and how full the venue was, stating that we were livelier than the previous concert in Manchester!
After the short intermission she moved onto to perform her latest single Pressure. As well as a very talented singer, rapper and musician she’s proven to be an amazing dancer as her stage presence held us in tight grip whilst dancing with her crew. She then moved on to sing a few of my favourites Big Racks and GUCCI.
Next, she decided to debut a brand-new unreleased single called Somebody Like You. This was a very heartfelt pop ballad which had all of us in the crowd swaying our arms from side to side under the mellow blue lights. We are greatly anticipating its official release. Continuing the set list, she performed another one of her biggest hit’s ATM, however a whole acapella version of the first verse and chorus was performed by the entire venue initially, after Bree prompted us with four simple words “Do you like money?”.
ROLLS ROYCE was the next song before leading into the penultimate song All Night. Being one of the more romantic songs in her discography it seemed a fitting choice to start the closing of the concert; almost like a love letter to her fans that she cares about so dearly. We were even gifted with an amazing guitar solo from one of her band members.
The final song she performed was HOT HOT – so popular that it received an encore where she bought a fan on stage who’d travelled all the way from Dublin to Birmingham to attend the concert having not wanted to reschedule it again. Her devotion clearly touched Bree so much that she allowed her to perform the encore with her.
I was quite sad that the concert ended after this song as myself and many other people were left desperately wanting more. However, this concert has left me with such fun and exhilarating memories of the awe-inspiring, Michelle Obama–approved artist who is only just starting her journey. I honestly cannot wait for her next concert and song releases.
Watch out everyone, Bree Runway is on the way to becoming the next biggest thing!