Concert, Review

TLC Graced London’s Mighty Hoopla Stage In Class and Style

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By Leon Smythe

June 3, 2018: the date that became one of the most important dates of the year for most British fans of the biggest selling US girl group of all time, TLC.

Not only was it the second time TLC had performed in the UK in their 26-year career (the first show being as recent as 2017 at KOKO in London on May 9th), but this date served as the first time the ladies had performed at a UK festival, ever!

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TLC had the pleasure of being chosen as the headline act at this years Mighty Hoopla festival, held at Brockwell Park in South London, which serves exclusively as TLC’s only show in the UK in 2018.

This is one of a very few occasions where a female act has been selected to headline a major music festival. Times are changing, for the better. Kudos to Mighty Hoopla for giving the girls the opportunity.

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The weather held out beautifully the whole day, bringing out the best of the festival, maintaining the high spirits and eclectic atmosphere amongst the attendees.

The festival line-up boasted a female-majority roster of established artists with varied music genres, including Nadine Coyle (Girls Aloud), Louise (Eternal), Lily Allen, Belinda Carlisle and Spice GirlsMelanie C, who paid a loving tribute to Left Eye before performing their UK #1 duet, 2000’s “Never Be The Same Again“.

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Melanie C with TLC 

8:30PM dawned shortly after Lily Allen’s hour long set, blessing us with the main attraction: T-Boz and Chilli, with Left Eye laced effortlessly throughout the performance, in the form of photo collages and her original raps, left to play out in her memory.

From the start, the girls, both donned in beautiful golden toned outfits, set the tone of what to expect; a powerful, high energized trip down memory lane, opening with their debut 1992 hits, “What About Your Friends?” and “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg“.

They took it down a notch with the smooth “Diggin’ On You“, before upping the anté with the club anthem “Silly Ho“, slightly revamped to feature a modern beat sample from the Kendrick Lamar 2017 hit “Humble“. It went down a treat. The crowd went wild .

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Rather than giving a male audience member the usual “Red Light Special” lap dance on stage, Chilli opted to invite rapper Q-Boy to dance with her during her bridge.

They took it back to 1992 with “Baby-Baby-Baby“, before diving straight back into 2017, with the anti-bully track “Haters” from their latest album.

The self-love anthem “Unpretty” came next, with the audience singing their hearts out in unison, before the girls took a short break to allow the dancers and band to show and highlight their talents.

The set features a new set of vibrant visuals, produced by the hip-hop choreography duo Nappytabs (Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo), the team behind the Jennifer Lopez Las Vegas residency and television show So You Think You Can Dance?

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The opening trumpets in the Grammy winning #1 single “Creep” lit up the stage and set the tone for the excellence that followed. New track “It’s Sunny” was next, with it’s infectious chorus and Earth, Wind & Fire sample.

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TLC gave their 2017 hit “Way Back” a 2018 remix, with a catchy ‘TLC’ chant and a sample of the 2001 hit “The Next Episode” by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, the latter of whom features on the song with the girls.

Chilli asked the audience if she could talk for a minute. As soon as she mentioned her frustration at guys who try to talk to her from the passengers side, the whole crowd was sent into a frenzy, as they knew it was time for “No Scrubs“!

Factors beyond their control meant their set time was delayed, therefore they couldn’t perform beyond the venues curfew, omitting the ode to the fans “Joy Ride” and “Fan Mail“.

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That didn’t dent the flow of the night, as they launched into the show finalé, and Left Eye’s favorite song, “Waterfalls“, with the audience singing along loud and proud with the girls.

They bowed and thanked us all for being there, while Chilli hung around a little longer throwing love heart shapes with her hands even when the music had stopped.

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Credit: Victoria Ling

One thing is for sure, after this much love from across the pond, this will not be the last time TLC will be touching down on British soils. They love us, as much as we love them.

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Enjoy the full set below:

Click here for TLC x Mighty Hoopla Photo Gallery

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Announcement, Concert

TLC Announce Their First Ever Tour In South Africa!

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Back in April we teased about the possibilities of TLC touring Africa!

Now, fans in South Africa have had their dreams answered today (May 29), when tour promoters Glen 21 announced to the world that TLC are heading to their part of the world this September!

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The girls will be performing as part of this years Soul Fest 2018, and will feature exclusive sets by fellow 90s musicians Dru Hill and SWV.

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The dates will take the ladies on a 3 city tour through Johannesburg (Sept 1), Durban (Sept 2) and Cape Town (Sept 4).

Prices range from as little as 490 ZAR up to 1500 ZAR for the VIP treatment!

Tickets available now via TicketPro!

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Announcement, Concert

TLC In Talks To Tour Africa!

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TLC have toured the world and touched numerous countries in recent years for the first time, except for Africa – but that could be about to change!

Chilli was asked by a fan on Twitter (April 18) if TLC would be touring Africa, and she couldn’t say, replying with a mouth shut emoji! 🙊

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T-Boz also touched on the subject via Instagram (April 13), saying “I think we’re going to Africa, [it] sounds like it’s gonna work out, I THINK!”

“So, don’t hold me to it unless you start hearing it on social media”, T-Boz continued. “If we can work the deal out, which we’re trying to, the goal is we’re coming to Africa.”

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The news comes as a welcomed surprise to TLC’s African fans, especially over in South Africa, where fans have been praying for a TLC tour over there for years!

We hope the girls can finalize a tour deal in Africa very soon!

And yes, we agree Tionne, “Africa’s far!” (quote from 1998’s Belly), but it’s so worth the airmiles! 😉

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Concert, Review

Cardi B Pays Style Homage to TLC at Coachella 2018!

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Cardi B teased fans with a throwback picture of TLC on Instagram ahead of her Coachella performance tonight (April 15), hinting that her show would contain something TLC-related!

Well, the surprise was in the form of her outfit! Cardi B decided to rock a TLC-inspired outfit, similar to what the girls wore at the 1996 Grammy Awards!

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She also rocked a Left Eye inspired hairdo, similar to Lisa’s look in the “Dear Lie” music video!

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Cardi B performed all of her hit singles, including her recent hit “Finesse“, the record breaking “Bodak Yellow“, new single “Be Careful“, and fan favorites from her latest album, including “Drip” and “Best Life“.

Guests on stage included G-Eazy (“No Limit“), 21 Savage (“Bartier Cardi”), Kelhani (“Ring”), Chance The Rapper (“Best Life”) and YG (“She Bad”).

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Congratulations for putting on a great performance, Cardi B! You didn’t miss a beat, baby bump and all!

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Announcement, Concert

TLC To Perform at Their First Festival in Canada!

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TLC are ready to show some love to their fans over in Canada this summer!

The ladies will be performing at their first festival based in Canada on June 23, on the Soundtrack Music Festival at Kinsmen Park in Edmonton, Alberta.

They will be co-headlining with the legendary group Goo Goo Dolls! Other acts include Ma$e, Eve6 and a Spice Girls tribute act!

Tickets go on sale April 6 (presale on April 5). Get your tickets HERE!

Or if you’re feeling lucky, enter this COMPETITION to win tickets to the show!

Holla at us if you’ll be there!

Announcement, Concert

TLC Announced on KAABOO Festival 2018!

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TLC are doing the festival rounds in style this year! The girls have just been announced on the KAABOO festival in Del Mar, CA!

They share the bill with fellow stars Katy Perry, Nelly, Foo Fighters, Big Boi, Bebe Rexha, Blondie and more!

The 3-day extravaganza takes place on September 16-18th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in California.

Tickets are available right now!  Use code TLC for $20 off! Passes available at https://t.co/8NtNyAwmiy

Announcement, Concert

TLC Set To Headline San Diego Pride 2018

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Billboard have exclusively announced that TLC will be headlining this years San Diego Pride Festival!

“We are so looking forward to performing at San Diego Pride,” Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins said in a statement. “There is so much power in expressing yourself without fear. We hope all LGBTQ people will stand proud and be exactly who they are. Persist with Pride!”

The festival’s theme this year is “Persist With Pride,” a message of the enduring spirit the LGBTQ community has embodied throughout history and must continue to embody through difficult political times.

“Chilli and T-Boz of TLC have consistently used their platform to uplift the LGBTQ community and to create positive conversations around HIV and AIDS that literally changed and saved lives for decades,” said Fernando Lopez, San Diego Pride’s executive director. “We are honored to have them join us at San Diego Pride’s Festival.”

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The festival will take place in San Diego’s Balboa Park from July 14-15.

A limited amount of TLC meet-and-greet tickets are available, and tickets for San Diego Pride Festival are currently on sale at www.tiny.cc/pride18.
Invite your friends on Facebook at www.tiny.cc/sdpride.
Credit to Neil P