Sean Paul performing his Scorcha Tour at The Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on Wednesday 31st August 2022

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

Sean Paul finally managed to bring his Jamaican party to the Motorpoint Arena on Wednesday night and this rapper, producer and hit maker did not hold back with a packed set that spanned his whole career and even showcased some new material.

With a Jamaican flag draped proudly over the DJ booth, just in case the crowd forgot which nation was responsible for the man who for over three decades has filled club dance floors around the globe with his euphoric pop tinged brand of dancehall, he entertained with a relentless run of hits such as opener No Lie, his huge 2016 hit with Dua Lipa, Get Busy and Got 2 Luv U.

There was an infectious feel to the show, ramped up by the two fantastic female dancers who pumped and twerked their way through the whole performance. After a barrage of classics such as Like Glue, Deport Them, I’m Still In Love and Give It Up To Me, there was the introduction of some new songs from his latest album, Scorcha such as How We Do It and Dynamite before he delivered a couple of nods to classic reggae with Go Down Deh and new tune, Light My Fire.

But it is his collaborations with younger artists that have kept his name in the spotlight, such as Cheap Thrills with Sia, Baby Boy with Beyonce, Enrique Iglesias’ Bailando, Clean Bandit’s Rockabye which received a joyous reception and when there was a snippet of Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of Me there was a huge cheer from the crowd.

Having succeeded in reminding the crowd with this extensive set list just how many classic tunes he has in his arsenal, the Kingston boy closed the proceedings with She Doesn’t Mind and a rowdy sing along to Temperature to round off a truly energetic show.