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Live Review - Labrinth and Josh Kumra at the iTunes Festival

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With the iTunes festival taking over Camden's Roundhouse, artists from all over the world have been bought together to take to the stage in the Capital. As one of the most talented and humble guys in the music industry, Labrinth has had an extraordinary year. With his album 'Electronic Earth' making steady waves, he has bounced his way across the main stages of the biggest festivals this summer.

Supported by the husky tones of Josh Kumra, the crowd grew at every performance - along with his confidence and outstanding ability. After shooting into the spotlight after featuring on Wretch 32's 'Don't Go', Kumra has begun to carve his own career with a signing to Sony's RCA.

His voice was mesmerising and his shy-yet-cheeky demeanour warms your heart as he acoustically hypnotises the crowd. With label pals Newton Faulkner and Aiden Grimshaw, he was perfectly placed and at home with his audience, playing his recently released solo single 'Helicopters & Planes'.

After kicking off with well-known tracks from his album, Labrinth looked at home on the stage and his performance was reminiscent of that from his pal Tinie.

The lights dimmed down and he picked up an acoustic guitar for the strikingly frank 'Beneath Your Beautiful' - which is set to be his next single with Emeli Sande. He showed that not only does he know how to make beats; he can strip it back to simplicity too.

Taking things up a gear, his new track 'Atomic' shifted the BPM in a different direction. Dubstep dropped, mixed with banging vocals and before we knew it, Plan B erupted onto stage to join him mid-track. The crowd went wild as the bass line deepens. Labrinth is a show man.

Finishing his set with a remixed version of 'Let The Sunshine', we saw Lab leave the stage - but not for long. His comeback had to be one of the biggest encores that a live crowd can expect. The beginning of 'Earthquake' echoed out across the venue; fire canons lit up the stage and Tinie Tempah appeared before the two tore it up together.

With so many artists trying to make it in the music industry, what you deliver to the critical listener needs to be both refined and unexpected. Labrinth is not only a true star but one with heart, integrity and a knowing for just what it takes to smash the music industry to pieces. With such genuine talent and the brightest future ahead, here is to creating the icons of tomorrow.

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