Hector Bizerk are Scottish hip-hop legends. The group have been around for roughly the past five years and have built up a name for themselves in this time. Unfortunately this came to an end this week. However, we mustn’t look at it as a negative, we should see the brilliant finale as a celebration of everything they have achieved.

Glasgow School of Art was the venue for the last ever HB gig and boy was it a suiting finale event. Sold out seven weeks before the gig the venue was at max capacity and bouncing. Having taken the decision to work through their work chronologically the first section concentrated on the albums ‘Drums. Rap. Yes’ and ‘Nobody Seen Nothing’. The fans that had been there from the beginning were singing their lungs out and Louie (mc) was visibly touched. However, you didn’t need to be a diehard fan to know songs such as ‘Bury the Hatchet.

The second part of the evening was dedicated to the albums ‘The Waltz of Modern Psychiatry’ and ‘The Second City of the Empire’. At this point in the night the crowd had picked up hugely from its already euphoric state and was in plain terms – going mental. Songs such as ‘Festival Boy’ had everyone singing along. The Scottish Album of the Year nominees blew the roof off GSA and had the crowd begging for more at the end.

The farewell was beautiful with cues of people wanting to thank the band after the gig for the joy they’d brought to the Scottish music scene. John Louis, Audrey Tait, Fraser Sneddon and David Calder are fully deserving of any acclaim they get in their career and I wish them all the best of luck in their future projects. I for one, along with many others, will miss Hector Bizerk and their unique version of hip-hop. To the future, fathers of Scottish hip-hop.

Sigi Whittle

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