US rap superstar The Game rocks the crowd at Rainton Arena

US rap superstar The Game thrilled the crowds at a sell-out gig at an unlikely Wearside venue.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 9:31 am
The Game thrills the sell-out crowd

The multi-platinum selling star of the West Coast hip hop scene took to the stage at Rainton Arena with support from a number of up and coiming North East talents.

Bournmoor-based DJ and presenter Ryan Swain was invited to introduce the star.

“His management had heard of me and that kind of helped,” he said.

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Ryan with The Game

“They got me back stage, asked me a few questions and then he said ‘I want you on stage’.”

Rumours had been circulating that The Game would be a no-show, but the concert had been a runaway success, said Ryan.

”There was a lot of speculation around,” he said.

“The Game was booked to do a show in Middlesbrough when he was promoting his eighth album – the show sold out but he did not turn up, so there was a lot of speculation about whether he would turn up or not this time.

The Game on stage

“But it is just a really amazing night.”

The star has enjoyed playing what was one of the smaller venues on his tour.

“Rainton Meadows is a really nice arena, but Houghton is not somewhere you would expect to see somebody of that calibre – you just would not expect that – but he actually really enjoyed the show.

“He is used to playing big arenas and concert halls, so I think it was quite an intimate show for him and he enjoyed it a lot.”

Ryan was delighted to get the chance to hang out with one of his musical heroes.

“I was invited to his dressing room after the show and we had a bit of a chat,” he said.

“I was one of only three people he had a photo taken with.”

The arena might be a smaller venue than The Game is used to but there was nothing small about the star’s team.

“He had a massive entourage,” said Ryan.

“When he was escorted out at the end, there were loads of people trying to get selfies. It was carnage.”