Gig Review: Alex Aiono At The O2 Academy 2 Islington

On 13 November 2017, we were invited to Alex Aiono’s London gig at The O2 Academy 2 Islington. The concert was sold out within minutes, so we were excited to go and watch this male artist. There was also one support act, who were called Misunderstood.

The small venue certainly allowed for quite the intimate show. We were all close to the stage, and although it was sold out, there was plenty of room for everyone inside the venue. The show went amazingly, and if you have us on Snapchat, you’ll know how much we truly enjoyed the gig.

Don’t fret if you did miss our Snapchat story, we have posted it on YouTube, and can be viewed below. The gig really allowed both acts to shine. Alex Aiono is a true star and certainly deserves an international chart hit sometime in the future. He also cares a lot for his fans, this was proven when a slight hitch happen where someone in the front needed water; he told everyone to move back since there was plenty of room. After making sure she was all right, Alex Aiono carried on with his show.

Upon arrival, there was a queue as we all waited for the doors to open. The crowd was excited even though we were all quite cold, as we waited. Inside, there was a small stage, with plenty of space for everyone to gather around.

Misunderstood

There was only one support act, and it was a duo called Misunderstood. They didn’t introduce themselves to start off with instead, they launched right into the first song of their set; and they certainly brought the fire. If you’re looking for a support act to seriously hype up your fans, Misunderstood is the duo you need.

Their energy was completely flawless allowing the crowd to get involved with the songs, even if they haven’t heard the songs. Contagious from start to finish, by the end of every song, people were singing along.

The duo managed to bring up-tempo tracks as well as honest and emotional covers. We’ll never quite forget how passionate they were about “Jealous” which is originally by Labrinth. The duo consists of Stephan Benson and Jeffrey Okyere. They are graduates of the BRIT School of Performing Arts and are definitely a rising talent. We adored their originals “Sucker” and “Ghetto Style”, we can still remember the words even a day or two later. We totally suggest you check out their music on YouTube and Spotify, you’ll be a fan in no time.

Alex Aiono

After a little interval, Alex Aiono arrived on the stage, and we don’t think we were all that prepared for the enthusiastic energy he was preparing to release. Before starting, he checked his equipment and engaged with the crowd, hyping them up for what was to come.

He sang plenty of awesome covers and original songs during his set. He even snuck in an exclusive, never before heard, track that he was told he wasn’t allowed to sing as it hasn’t been released yet. See if you can spot which track it is during our Snapchat Story Video below.

He fully brought it with the covers, from KYLE’s “iSpy” which originally features Lil Yachty to The Chainsmokers’ “Paris”. The crowd loved every single minute of the covers, and it really allowed Alex Aiono to show off his vocal range and dance ability. We also can’t forget about his cover of James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go”; he fully nailed that as if it was his own song.

However, they were nothing compared to his original songs. “Question” totally made the crowd go wild, and he performed it with so much honest emotion that you could feel every single lyric. His voice is one of those that gives you chills when you hear him live. He also brought it for “Hot2Touch” which he collaborated originally with Felix Jaehn and Hight, as well as “Does It Feel Like Falling” which originally features Trinidad Cardona. Yet, it was his most popular song, “Work The Middle” that truly made him shine; it’s just an addicting track that gets stuck in your head to no end; however, it’s even better live – if that’s even possible – as he brings energy, flavour, realness, and passionate fire to this brilliant original track.

That wasn’t all, though. Alex Aiono sure knows how to surprise us! He sang a few mashups that he has released including the brilliant “One Dance/Hasta el Amanecer”, which is a mash-up of Drake’s “One Dance” featuring Wizkid and Kyla, and Nicky Jam’s “Hasta el Amanecer”. Although, he truly shined when he brought up two fans to the stage to sing his collaboration with Conor Maynard where they did a sing-off to Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic”, and the whole crowd remembered every lyric.

Watch The CelebMix Alex Aiono Gig Snapchat Story Here:

If you ever get the chance to see Alex Aiono live, you need to go. We can’t recommend him enough, and Misunderstood were just as good too. We hope to see both acts again in the near future, hopefully playing at a much bigger – yet, still sold out – venue. Full of energy, addicting songs, and amazing vocals; we guarantee you’d have a perfect time at an Alex Aiono gig.

Were you at Alex Aiono’s London show? What did you make of it? Let us know on Twitter @CelebMix – also tell us what you thought of our Snapchat Story too.

Written by Jonathan Currinn

25-year-old writer, blogger, author and journalist. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2015. I write under the name Critic Jonni, on my blog. I also write for Channillo, Outlet Magazine, SPECTRUMM, Fuzzable, Modern Magazine, and Electric Mode. Follow me on Twitter @CriticJonni