After NiNE8 play a DJ set that spans UK grime and vintage ska, the collective finally form like Voltron on stage, feeding off each others’ energy and rapping along to every word. La Rue is the undoubted leader of the pack, with a natural charisma that makes her stage antics endlessly watchable. On ‘Treflip’ the MC channels the street-smarts of Neneh Cherry and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and dunks herself into the crowd repeatedly as they scream back her lyrics. The 100 Club stage is famously spacious, but Nine8 have filled it right up: Bone Slim stalks the stage, half-seen behind his eye mask; MC L!BAAN is all-smiles under long dreads; producers Mac Wetha and KXRN headbang behind the decks. Biig Piig keeps a low profile despite being the best known outside the group; she’s the cool and collected foil to LorenzoRSV’s upfront act on a tight rendition of ‘Ignant’. With her long black waves and baggy T-shirt, Nayana turns up as the diva-rapper of the crew, bringing a fierce energy that cuts through the night’s hazy stonerism: “What you know about me?!” she barks on ‘Twc’, tensing up with genuine vitriol. And in his flatcap, polo shirt and loose slacks, MC Nige is a modern Terry Hall, holding the mic like he’s got his brother in a headlock and showing off a gruff, capable voice. After 40 minutes of action they exit the stage in a flurry of shout outs and bear hugs, before DJs P-rallel and Jamz Supernova pick up the party for the final hour. Despite their relative youth, NiNE8 know exactly what they’re doing on stage; the live realm is the collective’s natural habitat, having formed through ad hoc ciphers round La Rue’s house before snowballing into a local phenomenon. With a DIY energy that’s fresh but never scrappy, NiNE8 look ready to convert that London hype into universal acclaim.