Live Gallery: Central Cee – Alexandra Palace, London

A historic night in North London...

Central Cee has quite simply dominated 2022. The West London rapper has gone international, with rabid crowds greeting his every move. Touching down in Paris at the start of the month, Cench is able to cause a ruckus wherever he travels.

With mixtapes like his essential ’23’ – and subsequent follow-up EP ‘No More Leaks’ – epitomising his ambition, Central Cee is without doubt one of the year’s breakout stars, a defining figure for a generation of UK kids.

With anthems like ‘Doja’ and ‘One Up’ scaling the charts, Central Cee decided to close the year in style with his biggest ever UK show. Packing out North London’s fabled Alexandra Palace, Cench brought flair and swagger to the historic venue, matching hits to deep cuts – and more than a few surprises, as well.

Clash photographer Ben McQuaide got up close.

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