To a packed house over 9000 fans strong Atif Aslam
rocked London’s world famous The O2 and gave a four-hour, yes four-hour,
performance fans will never forget! It definitely was a Dhamaka aka
explosion of sound, sights, song, moves and music! Aslam made history
as the first Pakistani singer to perform at this coveted venue. Joining
the singer on stage at the O2, were UK’s most popular dance troupe
Bolly Flex, led by choreographer Leena Patel. Dhamaka certainly was a hit in London!
You have heard Atif Aslam on songs like ‘Tere Liye’ from Prince, ‘Piya O Re Piya’ from Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya and ‘Tu Jaane Na’ from Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
and he treated fans to some of his biggest hits. Looking cool and edgy
in his special headgear, which was created by his brother, especially
for the O2, he truly lived up to his rock star image on stage that
Talking about the concert he said, "I was really excited about
performing at the O2 arena. It was a special performance for me and my
band, The Aadeez. I loved the London crowd, it was an amazing night.”
One of the highlights of the evening was Aslam’s rendition of the popular Bollywood ballad, ‘Pehli Nazar Main’ from Race.
In a special arrangement the song was slowed down, with the addition
of a grand piano, played by Jonathan J Paul from India. The audience
went wild singing along and the arena was filled with mobile phones lit
up, in true ‘rock concert’ fashion.
Another highlight was captured on film by the official concert and
esteemed photographer Akin Aworan. A girl ran towards the stage barriers
with poster of Atif. He beckoned and the poster got to him. Then this
And the audience roared with appreciation!
Of course those are just two of the highlight in a night full of
great moments. We happened to see this and we think it says it
perfectly, "Just experienced the best ever performance from a singer who
has created history for being the first Pakistani to set foot on the O2
arena stage. Atif Aslam – a real rock star, concludes tonight by saying
– "I don’t believe in borders. I believe in music. I want to see you
all come together.” ♥ New fan, love this music.”
The Flex tour then continued to Glasgow and Manchester, where Atif
has the audience eating out of his hand. In Glasgow, there was a little
baby in the 4th row. When Atif spotted the baby, he started singing
towards the child. The baby got carried forward and he took the baby
onto the stage and sang to the baby, who as evidently a fan and very
content at listening to his voice. The crowd watched on in awe.
Atif did do a improvisation with Funky Dholis in Manchester and
brought a new dimension to his set. The audience loved the Bhangra
fusion that juxtaposed on stage.
As you can see Atif Aslam and Bollyflex killed it all over the UK!
About the entire concert series Dhamaka’s artistic director Naz
Choudhury said, "For me, Atif Aslam deserved the O2. After every show, I
noticed how Atif always went out of his way to meet the fans and really
give them something back, after spending a lot of time with him, I saw
he was so humble yet full of unbelievable talent. It feels like he has
become a part of Flex FX and an icon of the Dhamaka brand. He was a rock
through all the challenges and deserves the stardom. Atif is a true
Check out this cool video that gives you a glimpse into what happened on stage that night!