Music Review: Craig David, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool

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Written By: Mark Armstrong

Format: Music Show
Genre: R&B
Date: June 15 2018
Location: Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool

Amongst the big names on a thriving British music scene in the late 1990s/early 2000s was Craig David, an R&B singer who provided one major hit after another. After spending a lot of time in the United States, Craig returned to the top of the charts in 2016 with his new album Following My Intuition, and the future looks promising for one of the more underrated artists in the UK.

And so it was a treat to see Craig David performing live at Aintree Racecourse this past Friday. In front of a standing-only crowd facing the stage within the Racecourse complex, and with the sun slowly setting on a surprisingly cold evening, David had the crowd in the palm of his hand from the moment he walked out onto the stage; though the large number of attendees had already enjoyed several hours of horse-racing out on the tracks, this was clearly the reason that everybody was at Aintree, and Craig delivered what they wanted.

Starting with Ain’t Giving Up (one of the big hits from the aforementioned Following My Intuition album), David opened his back catalogue to perform several of his most crucial songs from various points of his career, from the 2002 tune What’s Your Flava to Rise & Fall (which Craig noted allowed art to imitate life in several respects, especially given his recent rise back up the ranks) to the slow, soothing beat of Don’t Love You No More. Craig also brought an Ibiza-esque party vibe to the show with a remix of several songs, as well as cranking up the noise with a number of garage hits.

For those who have followed Craig’s career from the beginning, they would have been very satisfied to hear his original, and arguably most famous, songs being performed here. Fill Me In and Walking Away went down a storm with the crowd (David said that the former tune changed his life forever, officially making him a star in the UK), but perhaps the peak of the audience’s enthusiasm was reserved for 7 Days, which may be the definitive track from Craig’s discography.

Coming after an eventful night of horse-racing (the winners at Aintree were Atomic Rumble, Cracker Factory, Ballyboker Breeze, Cause Toujours, Champagne At Tara, Final Reminder and High Jinx in the event that you had put some bets on), Craig David brought a thoroughly entertaining evening to a close with a very well-received and highly enjoyable performance. Coming several years into his career resurgence, David will feature on the charts for some time to come, and based on his appearance here, I would definitely recommend you going to see him perform live if you get the chance in the future.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10 – Excellent