Review and gallery: Tinie Tempah performs surprise gig at Walsall McDonald's

"I've been to Walsall but I've never been to Scunthorpe."

Review and gallery: Tinie Tempah performs surprise gig at Walsall McDonald's

Fans ecstatic for Tinie Tempah at McDonald's

And with that lyric, the stage was set for what must surely be one of the most surreal experiences anyone has ever come across.

A-list music star and regular chart-topper Tinie Tempah playing a secret gig, in McDonald's, in Walsall town centre. 

It was an explosive set from the rapper/singer-songwriter who blasted out his classics while also giving the tens of fans in attendance a sneak peak of what is to come with the new album.
As the special McDonald's curtain dropped after staff had been handing out free food, Tinie opened up with Written in the Stars to a huge cheer from the intimate crowd.

Other songs to follow in the set included classic Pass Out, Not Letting Go featuring Jess Glynne, Girls Like (featuring Zara Larsson) and new tracks Mamacita and Bounce. 

With Tinie prowling the stage for his two 30-minute sets with a constant smile on his face, the packed crowd reacted and the atmosphere was like nothing the McDonald's had seen before.


Speaking after the gig, Tinie's self proclaimed number one fan, Charley Winter, 21, said: "It was incredible, so good. I am actually his number one fan - I promise. I am seeing him five times this year and he has written to me.

"I got an email saying he was doing a gig. The initial email said he was doing a gig in Walsall then the second email where it said you had tickets said it was going to be in McDonald's.

"Very, very random. I've never been to a party where they hand out free McDonald's.

"It was better there than on a huge stage though, more personal."

Laura Hughes, also 21, said: "It was so good, we did not know what to expect. It was very vague before we turned up but yeah it was amazing. We couldn't believe it was at McDonald's either. We were like what is this thing going to be? But it was awesome. I was expecting to be sat down, I had no idea how they were going to do it."

Ellenor Bayer, 21, added: "You could tell he was really happy to be there and that was great for us."

After the secret gig, Tinie took to Twitter to say: "Man turned Mac D's into a club & just shutdown ay! Big up everyone who came down. I don't know when this will happen again!"

By Jack Averty
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