Fri 26 Apr 2019

Gig Preview… Bakar at Gorilla, Manchester


BakarWritten by: Clodagh Mckechnie

Bakar, North London musical polymath, will be performing at Manchester’s Gorilla on the 2nd of May.

Bakar’s sound can’t be contained in the two words people usually use to describe him: alternative r&b. We’d instead classify him more as a concoction of nu-rave, xan-rap and indie rock. The variety heard within his sound, as well as a love of music stemming from Bloc Party, Artic Monkeys and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, we genuinely feel almost anyone will be able to find a song they enjoy from within his discography.

Uploading to SoundCloud anonymously in 2016, Bakar’s first named track, ‘Sharing Is Caring’ dropped in 2017 and is heavily channelled through his 2018 debut album, Badkid. Bakar’s 2018 winter tour has been heavily praised by all, with most describing the lively atmosphere of the crowd and detailing Bakar’s passionate performance–making us extremely excited to see him live next week.

Barkar’s 2018 release, BadKid has been described as “genre-bending.” With lyrics about Brexit, Theresa May and the NHS all featured on the first track, its sentiment is even more relevant a year after its release.

Fun fact: if you haven’t discovered Bakar’s music yet though it sounds familiar to you, you may have been playing FIFA recently, as his song ‘Big Dreams’ was included on the FIFA 19 soundtrack.

With every performance one to talk about, Bakar’s night at Gorilla on the 2nd of May will be an event not to miss.

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