Grieves at Oslo Hackney

On the 9th of April, I made the long trek out to Hackney in East London to see Seattle-based rapper, Grieves, at Oslo. My first impression of this new venue was that it is slightly out of place. It’s on the second floor (or first floor by UK standards) above their affiliated restaurant/pub, and it seemed fairly small mostly due to the fact that a lot of people didn’t arrive until 8:30. It definitely has good potential, so if you’re ever in London, make sure to check it out.

The venue started to fill up just before Grieves was set to go on and everyone in the crowd was conversing with one another and having a good time. I had a couple of strangers come up to me and ask how I was and if I was excited for the show, and it was an overall good and friendly atmosphere (I’m sure the bar in the back helped).

By the time Grieves went on, everyone seemed thrilled to have him back on a stage in London. He informed the crowd throughout that this was his first ever headlining show in Europe and he expressed his gratitude any chance that he got. His set included a wide mix of songs ranging from old songs like Scar Gardens all the way through to his newest tracks from the recently released album The Winter & The Wolves. The entire set, it was easy to tell how into it the audience was; everyone was singing along, moving with the music, and swaying their hands and screaming certain lyrics when prompted. Grieves connects with his crowds so well and everyone in the room was smiling throughout the set.

It had been 3 years from the last time I saw him live and he has since changed his live show around. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect because I was so used to seeing him with former producer, Budo, but I was definitely impressed with how he has evolved his sound, including the revamping of his old songs.

If you live in Europe, be sure to check out the remainder of the Winter & The Wolves European leg. For those of you Stateside, he will be in your area later this spring into the summer. He is definitely someone you don’t want to miss!


04.10.14 Birmingham, UK Hare & Hounds 2

04.11.14 Manchester, UK Soup Kitchen

04.12.14 Paris, FR Nouveau Casino
14.14 Brussels, BE Rotonde

04.15.14 Munich, DE Muffatcafe

04.16.14 Berlin, DE Cassiopeia

04.17.14 Hamburg, DE Mojo Jazz Cafe

04.18.14 Frankfurt, DE Zoom

04.19.14 Aarhus, DK Atlas

04.20.14 Copenhagen, DK Pumpehuset

04.22.14 Oslo, NO Sawol

04.23.14 Stockholm, SE Nalen

04.29.14 Portland, OR Branx

05.01.14 Reno, NV Knitting Factory

05.02.14 San Francisco, CA Slim’s

05.03.14 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy

05.04.14 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room

05.05.14 Tucson, AZ Congress

05.06.14 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls

05.07.14 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater

05.09.14 Durango, CO Animas City Theatre

05.10.14 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre

05.13.14 Austin, TX Stubbs Jr.

05.14.14 Dallas, TX Cambridge Room at HOB

05.15.14 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory

05.16.14 Lawrence, KS Granada

05.17.14 St. Louis, MO Firebird

05.19.14 Columbia, MO Mojo’s

05.21.14 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theatre

05.22.14 Columbus, OH The Basement

05.23.14 Chicago, IL Subterranean

05.25.14 Shakopee, MN Canterbury Park

05.27.14 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room

05.28.14 Rapid City, SD Sports Rock

05.29.14 Billings, MT The Carlin

05.30.14 Jackson, WY Pink Garter Theatre

05.31.14 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue

06.01.14 Boise, ID The Reef

06.02.14 Spokane, WA The Bartlett

06.07.14 Seattle, WA Showbox

07.09.14 Missoula, MT Top Hat

07.11.14 Fargo, ND The Aquarium

07.12.14 Sioux Falls, SD Bigs Billiards

07.13.14 Iowa City, IA The Blue Moose

07.15.14 Grand Rapids, MI The Stache / Intersection

07.16.14 Detroit, MI Magic Stick

07.17.14 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop

07.18.14 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory

07.19.14 Toronto, ON Hard Luck Bar

07.20.14 Montreal, QB La Sala Rossa

07.22.14 Burlington, VT Higher Ground

07.23.14 Northampton, MA Pearl Street Clubroom

07.24.14 Boston, MA Middle East

07.25.14 New York, NY Marlin Room @ Webster Hall

07.26.14 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer

07.27.14 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel

07.28.14 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506

07.30.14 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (Hell Room)

07.31.14 Birmingham, AL Bottletree

08.01.14 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks

08.02.14 Houston, TX Fitzgeralds

08.05.14 Flagstaff, AZ Green Room

08.06.14 Las Vegas, NV Backstage Bar

08.08.14 Eugene, OR WOW Hall

And don’t forget to buy his newest album, Winter & The Wolves, out now through Ryhmesayers Entertainment.