A break from the Euros coverage, and yesterday I was lucky enough to go to the Capital FM Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium. 80,000 people watched 21 different artists and groups sing their biggest hits for 8 hours!
Little Mix opened the show with an energetic, professional set, and their new single, Hair, went down very well with the crowd. Lukas Graham followed, and they started with their big hit 7 Years. Their frontman, Lukas Graham, wore a football shirt and some baggy jeans! After a great first song, they followed with an unknown song before an upbeat cover of Love Yourself by Justin Bieber.
Years & Years performed their big hits and Olly Alexander looked at home on stage surrounded by his usual dance troupe. Jillionaire, one of the trio in Major Lazer, had a couple of great remixed tracks as well as playing Light It Up and Lean On. The Vamps were energetic, and Mike Posner performed his two great songs that really got the crowd going. Nick Jonas followed, before Will.I.Am brought out Lydia Lucy of The Voice, but they were two that didn’t sound too great.
The crowd really got going when West London trio WSTRN performed their song In2, and then Clean Bandit debuted their new hit with Louisa Johnson, Tears. The Swedish star Zara Larsson then sung Lush Life before being joined by MNEK for Never Forget You.Then, Jess Glynne had a 30 minute set in which she was absolutely faultless, getting everyone on their feet for ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ and ‘Hold My Hand’. Then Nathan Sykes took to the stage, and for Over And Over Again he brought out Louisa Johnson again for a sweet duet. Sigala was then great – the DJ got everyone bouncing with his treasure chest full of big hits.
Then came the biggest surprise of the night – as a ‘surprise’ act, Capital brought out Dizzee Rascal who sent everyone Bonkers with some great hits. Ariana Grande followed, who was classy as she performed some tracks from her latest album. Then, Flo Rida was perhaps the best of the night, who sent the crowd wild with some rap-filled favourites. Craig David was up next, and his mixed set of his new hits and some seriously good old tunes.
There were plenty of tears as the Capital team announced Zayn had pulled out – not from me, don’t worry – but Tinie Tempah, now the new headline act, duly delivered, ending the night with some great songs.
Overall, it was really entertaining and the Capital team did a great job, as did all the artists and groups.