Thousands of ravers went into a frenzy when the 35-year-old chart topper turned out to be the final act to perform at the 30th anniversary of Sir Lloyd’s Sound System at London’s biggest street party on Monday.
Craig had flown straight from Ibiza where he performed in Ushuaïa on the weekend and commanded the mic after drum n bass duo Chase and Status.
The UK music legend took selfies with fans before he walked onto the stage hosted by the infamous SHY FX, who announced Craig’s arrival before he stormed through a series of original tracks from his debut album Born To Do It, including Fill Me In, Walking Away, 7 Days and Rewind.
And the award-winning singer was note-perfect when he covered Drake’s hit One Dance and the late Whitney Houston’s banger It’s Not Right But It’s Okay as well as his new tracks When The Bassline Drops and One More Time, in front of a crowd that included fellow hitmaker Lily Allen.
It’s fair to say Craig has had the busiest summer of his life DJing at festivals and promoting his new material at home and abroad. His comeback onto the UK music scene was launched when he was invited by Cheryl to perform with her act Reggie and Bollie on The X Factor last year in front of millions of viewers and was met with a huge welcome nation wide.
The award-winning singer didn’t seem hungover from carnival when he appeared on Good Morning Britain today and talked about his remarkable return and potentially hitting the studio with Cheryl.
He said: “You know what it keeps coming around about me working with her.”
Speaking about going on The X Factor and then making new music, he filled us in, uhumm, and said it felt ‘surreal’ and added: “When I came out and heard the opening like of Rewind I was that 17-year-old again.
“It was a roller coaster ride of a career as an artist, from being 17 in a council estate in Southampton to Wembley Arena and these amazing shows and performances… then I felt like I was forcing music out.
"I moved out to Miami about six years ago but it was never really a comeback, you’re just off the scene for a while.
"I was still writing as I knew I had three minutes in me somewhere.”
Very glad to have you back, Sir!