WHEN you picture a British hip and hop and grime gig you do not often include a brass band on stage.

Talented rapper Kano did just that when he launched the 2020 stretch of his Hoodies All Summer tour to a packed O2 Academy in Boscombe on Friday night.

With 15 years of material at his disposal, the East London artist's high-energy performance saw his fans leave the venue at the end of the show physically drained but musically fulfilled.

Kano's 2019 album Hoodies All Summer was his sixth release and showcased the transformation of his music from his early days with debut album Home Sweet Home.

Witnessing the selection of his finest work in one night showed just how gifted he is both as a MC and a songwriter.

The majority of the set comprised of his latest release and Made in the Manor, published in 2016, which both secured top 10s in the UK album chart, and saw appreciation for his work in wider music circles.

Much of his music relates to his upbringing and roots in the East End of London, with hits like T-Shirt Weather in the Manor and This Is England going down well with the Bournemouth crowd. The reaction to latest tracks such as Pan-Fried and Can't Hold Me Down proved his music was still growing in popularity.

Kano's experience as a live performer came to the fore as he mastered a fast-paced set that continued to build, without losing the intricacies and deeper meaning to his work.

The night ended in stunning fashion with 3 Wheel-Ups sending the audience into a frenzy before the rapper and his gifted ensemble soaked up the applause and left the stage together.