Sold out means sold out.
Rebel was packed. I made it to the very front, and didn’t have enough room to even try and get back. Not that there’s any reason I would have wanted to. The show was a spectacle, and from up close, it was a beautiful, visual masterpiece.
The two artists played B2B the entire night, standing across from each other behind their own booths. A church rises high behind Tchami. Malaa stands in front of a graffiti-tagged alleyway. The production was top notch, and the set designers even made sure to get all the little details right. The fog machines on Malaa’s side was shaped like a dented trash can – a giant streetlamp towers over the stage, flickering on and off. It wasn’t just the incredible music that made the “No Redemption Tour” one of Toronto’s most energetic, but also the attention put into the stage, and the props, and every other minor detail of the show.
But the real star of the show was the music. Tchami and Malaa’s set was a combination of dark and light, moving from deep G-House tracks like “Notorious”, and swinging into the brighter side of bass with Tchami’s “Adieu”. Recent hits, like “Summer ’99” which is set to premier as a single on Tchami and Malaa’s upcoming album, completely stole the show. Combining all this with some drum heavy, almost techno beats, the two artists completely controlled the crowd, building them up, higher and higher, until the show was over.
Tickets are still available for the other tour dates, and trust me, it would be a shame to miss a show like this.