Sam Pepper and Mazzi Maz’s WDGAF Tour reached Brooklyn Bowl at the O2 Arena on Saturday. TenEighty went along to find out what all the fuss was about.
When you consider the type of content Sam Pepper and Mazzi Maz make – vlogs, prank videos and boisterous tomfoolery – it’s hard to imagine what sort of show they’d put on. Going in, we had no idea how the night would play out. And that turned out to be the WDGAF Tour’s biggest asset.
The show kicked off with a DJ set from Klynch, who mixed house, dubstep and techno effortlessly. At times it did seem strange that this was the soundtrack of the event. The majority of the audience was under age and no matter how cool a beat Klynch dropped, they rarely got jumping for more than a minute.
Either way Klynch’s talent is undeniable and we often found ourselves breaking into dance before realising how awkward we looked (two 23-year-olds raving it up around 200 or so 15-year-olds is not a cool look).
What Klynch definitely succeeded in doing was setting the tone of the night. WDGAF didn’t pump out naff YouTube music to please the crowd. WDGAF wanted them to rave.
Jamie Cottrell, better known as Chip Daddy, was a natural performer. During his support set he crammed in Cheese On Your Crumpets, Secret Agent, Boy Racer and many more. The crowd were pleased and he got them moving. Chip is completely aware of how silly his lyrics and persona is, and delivered his set with cocky charm.
This shone through when he interacted with the audience between songs. After a lot of screaming from the crowd, Chip declared: “You guys are horny tonight!” At this point we overheard a parent asking another how old their child was. “14!” they both laughed, nervously.
Chip also came prepared with comedic and abrasive dance moves. During one song he shook his bum in time with the bass of a dubstep song. On another he thrusted his pelvis, then mimicked gunshots from his crotch with his microphone. As inappropriate as this single dance move was, its execution was flawless.
Naturally the inappropriate behaviour continued when Sam and Maz took the stage. Kitted out with Britney-style microphones, they kicked off the show by separating the audience into two teams: “team booty” and “team titties.”
This eventually erupted into a song-off between Sam and Maz – “booty” and “titties” respectively – which included plenty of crowd participation.
The show was mostly comprised of games with the audience. For one game the duo invited members of the audience onto the stage to find their biggest fans. If the contestant answered Sam’s question correctly, he’d remove an item of clothing, and likewise for Maz.
Another game saw Sam directing a movie which included Maz and another fan. The script appeared to be inspired by fan-faction and at one point Maz embraced the fan before going in for a kiss. (Don’t worry, Maz jumped out the way before lips locked).
Other notable moments included Sam and his mother twerking on stage along to White Girls, Sam getting tied up and doing a Houdini-inspired escape, and the audience going mental when they got to be included in Sam’s Snapchat Army.
It was around this point that we bumped into Adam Waithe, Harrison Webb and Chip at the bar (we even ended up knocking back Jagerbombs that Chip bought us, thanks mate!). It was here we noticed how mellow the atmosphere at the show was compared to most gatherings or conventions. Yes, fans did come up to all three of them, but they weren’t mobbed. Maybe the venue itself helped to create a calmer environment, or it could be that most attendees were focusing on the main stage, but it was a surprisingly controlled event.
The show closed with Sam and Maz performing the WDGAF song. While Sam has admitted himself that he’s not a singer, we were impressed with his live vocals (because let’s be honest, they’re not brilliant on the original song). Then everything escalated quickly: WDGAF erupted into a dubstep remix, Chip came back on stage, confetti was fired and Sam crowd-surfed.
This wasn’t the end of the night, however, as a meet-and-greet was scheduled over by the merch stand. This was when the real screaming began as fans rushed over to the other side of the venue just to line up. Despite this one moment of chaos, everyone waited patiently and they all got to meet Sam and Maz one at a time.
This is where the WDGAF stars really exceeded expectations. Fans hadn’t bought special tickets for a meet-and-greet and Sam and Maz were clearly exhausted from the show, but they wanted to give their fans the best experience they could. It’s clear both Sam and Maz are dedicated to their fans.
Overall we came away surprised at how well it went. Yes, there were some inappropriate moments considering the young age of the audience, but we don’t think Sam and Maz went over the line. We wouldn’t have wanted the acts to play it safe, and it’s that element of Sam and Maz that has gathered them so many fans.
Nonetheless, it’s possible this laddish element of the tour is what caused Concorde 2 to cancel the Brighton show half-way through. The venue has yet to release a statement explaining its actions, and Sam and his fans have expressed their anger on Twitter.
At least at the London date, we found the WDGAF Tour to be a very controlled and well thought-out show. There are plenty of YouTube events that stick vloggers on stage when they’re clearly unprepared or haven’t put much effort into their appearance. This is not the case with WDGAF.
Sam and Maz know their own talents and capabilities, but more importantly, they know their audience and keep them engaged throughout the show in interesting and different ways. The tours name is misleading, it says “we don’t give a fuck,” but we suspect they give quite a few.
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