SOUTHAMPTON’S home-grown star Craig David delivered a sensational show at the BIC on his first major arena tour in 16 years proving beyond doubt he is back with a vengeance!

Thrilled by the rapturous welcome the 35-year-old recalled being 18 and doing short DJing sets at Bournemouth’s Cage and Zoo nightclub and, always humble, he thanked everyone for being there all these years later.

The evening was all the more special as his parents were sat in the audience too, he said.

Performing tracks from his new album, ‘Following My Intuition’ interspersed with hits from his extensive back-catalogue of garage mixes and a DJ set, the 12-times Brit nominated singer-songwriter could not have looked happier or been made more welcome as he returned to his old DJ-ing stomping ground.

Dressed head to toe in white and joined by a cracking five-piece band and two backing singers, he strolled on stage to the most rapturous of welcomes as he performed ‘Aint Giving Up’ from the new album followed by the popular 2002 hit ‘What’s Your Flava’ and the year 2000 classic ‘Fill Me In’ which prompted a singalong from the capacity crowd.

The Castle Proms will once again provide a patriotic finale to the series with some familiar faces on stage including Royal Philharmonic Concert orchestra and tenor Jonathan Antoine and soprano Laura Wright.

To get your hands on tickets, visit or calling the box office on 01634 338338, or go to the Brook Theatre or Central Theatre in Chatham, or the Visitor Information Centre in Rochester High Street.

The 36-year-old first came on the scene back in 1999 and I remember singing along to Seven Days, Rewind and Fill Me In, when I was just eight years old.

But the R&B singer seems to have barely aged and his performance brought me right back to my childhood.

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