Thanks 4 Everything: Tink Live at O2 Islington

With stunning choreography, dreamy vocals, and a flawless outfit, Chicago-based songstress and rapper Tink put on a show to remember at a sold-out O2 Islington during her Thanks 4 Everything tour. The show felt like a celebration of Tink’s contribution to R&B over the last decade, a moment of time travel for fans who have followed her from the very beginning, and a look to the future as Tink performed tracks from her most recent album ‘Thanks 4 Nothing’ featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Yung Bleu.

Speaking on the album Tink said: “I wrote this album specifically for single ladies. I wanted to give the girls a set of songs to play after the breakup. This is for anyone reclaiming their time. Reclaiming their joy. Reclaiming their Sometimes we have to appreciate the Good with the bad, hence Thanks 4 Nothing” 

Eager fans patiently waited for Tink to grace the stage and perform her highly relatable records about love, self-worth, and heartbreak, not wasting any time Tink got straight to it, no chat between tracks, just straight music, which honestly spoke for itself, as the singer flipped between old and new tracks. Although ‘Toxic’ is taken from her latest album, it was already a fan favourite, which meant it was only right Tink kicked off the show with it.

Serving up dreamy nostalgia, Tink showed us how sampling is done as she performed the 2015 hit and sampled Aaliyah ‘Million,’ alongside ‘Cater,’ which is her twist on the beloved Destiny’s Child record ‘Cater 2 U.’ At this point the room was filled with smiles and camera flashlights, it was almost blinding but in such a beautiful way. Accompanied by two seamless backing dancers who helped bring the performance to life even further, Tink continued to impress fans with hit after hit. Taking us through the years and throwing it back to the ‘A Gift and A Curse’ album, ‘CAP’ and ‘Bottom Bitch’ transported us back to 2020. However ‘Don’t Tell Nobody ft Jeremiah’, ‘I Like’ and ‘Treat Me Like Somebody’ truly stole the show, as fans were singing back to Tink word for word, it felt surreal witnessing Tink perform tracks that carried fans through their teenage years – and after all this time Tinks vocals still sounded identical to the original records.

Tink’s trip to this side of the world was well overdue and a sold-out show signifies how loved she is over here and how we’d love to see more of the talented songstress on our stages. An extraordinary night to remember.

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Words: Jadene Rogerson