Machine Gun Kelly performing his 27 World Tour at Rock City Nottingham on Friday 29th September 2017.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

Machine Gun Kelly, the Cleveland rapper, has been releasing music for more than a decade and during that time he has been slowly but surely building a solid fan base with his rapid fire flow, swaggering rhymes as well as his acting and modelling roles. And last night Rock City were treated to an intimate show to promote his third studio album, Bloom.

Making a dramatic entrance from a platform that saw him with his head in the lighting rig, he came down and joined his four piece band and opened with new song The Gunner to rapturous applause.

The crowd immediately took to him as he told them that this was his first time in Nottingham and that he had been forced to travel by train due to a lost passport and with a set list that featured many of his new songs as well as a few of his oldies that some of his earlier fans might remember, MGK provided everything his loyal following could have asked for.

There was the rapid pace of new songs Golden God, Kiss The Sky, Go For Broke and Trap Paris, whilst oldies Wild Boy and Alpha Omega were given an outing. New track All My Best showed his vulnerability as did the heart heavy Rehab with its thought provoking lyrics. His huge hit Bad Things displayed his surprising penchant for pop and had the crowd singing along in perfect harmony.

Having opened for Linkin Park earlier this year on their One More Light World Tour, he showed his tender side with his own version of the band’s classic Numb in honour of their former front man, the late Chester Bennington.

Sending the crowd into an absolute craze with set finisher Till I Die, MGK has created a hip hop sound and image that is all his own. Encore song 27 was a fitting end as he paid tribute to Kurt Cobain and other stars who died aged 27, the age MGK is now, as he bowed out leaving this Nottingham crowd shouting for more.