Fusion Festival 2017: Saturday and Sunday review!

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Fusion Festival returned for a second year at Liverpool, once again delivering an outstanding weekend with unforgettable headlining performances from Little Mix and Take That!

Despite the rain that graced Liverpool on Sunday, fans came out in force to support the impressive line-up for the wicked weekend of Fusion Festival.

Saturday’s lineup featured headliners Little Mix, Tinie Tempah, John Newman, Naughty Boy, 5 After Midnight, Starley, M.O and Club Drive.

The acts that took to the stage on Sunday were New Hope Club, Raye, JP Cooper, Jax Jones, Ella Eyre, Anne Marie, The Vamps and of course, Take That.

As well as the musical entertainment, there was plenty more attractions to ensure a fun filled day! Highlights include McDonalds’ very own giant McFlurry! Inside the McFlurry, was many cameras to provide a 180 degree photo view of an individualised jump. After the jumpers had looked at their funky boomerang photo, a coupon was given to each person to earn themselves a free McFlurry. Other freebies include a Coca Cola luky dip and photo booth.

The food choice did also not disappoint this year with a whole range of stalls to please everybody, including Papa Johns Pizza and a noodle bar, coupled with friendly staff and acceptable waiting times.

Fusion Festival teamed up with Ingersoll 1892 on the artist lounge this year which handed out a whole host of goodies to the artists – Jade & Perrie from Little Mix, Mark and Howard from Take That, Naughty Boy, Anne Marie and many more went through the lounge and were all gifted with suitcases worth £4000.

Upcoming boyband Club Drive opened the festival this year, on Saturday, performing for the second year at Fusion Fest, and the incredible Little Mix closed the show with a huge set including hits Touch, No More Sad Songs, Shout Out To My Ex and Power.

New Hope Club are a new and upcoming band who have previously supported The Vamps on tour and despite being a fairly new band, their fans arrived in their hundreds. Similar to the early One Direction hysteria, teenage girls screamed every time the band members opened their mouths. They warmed up the crowd with a selection of their own material as well as covers and will most likely be back next year with a longer set.

Rather fittingly, JP Cooper got the crowd singing in unison to his hit ‘September Song’, the perfect summer song for a not so sunny day. His set also included his new single On My Mind which was an exciting contrast to his comparatively slower material earlier on his set.

Next on to the stage was Raye, hyping up the crowd with her collection of hits, including You Don’t Know Me (which was slightly overplayed as it also featured in Jax Jones’ set later on as well as the warm up DJ set.) However, Raye was not impressed with the crowd’s energy as was forced to start this song again due to the disappointing reaction.

Anne Marie was a particular highlight of Fusion Festival, gracing the stage with her care free attitude and her natural talent for performing. Her set list included Ciao Adios, Alarm as well as a new single Trigger, which promises to be a future hit.

Jax Jones proved a hit with the crowd, using a t-shirt cannon to excite the crowd before his set commenced. And what a set it was. Jax Jones is a true talent, and truly succeeded in hyping up the crowd and delivering his best hits including Instruction featuring Demi Lovato.

A late replacement was Ella Eyre, but this did not compromise her performance in any way. Looking stunning as usual, she gave a flawless performance of her biggest hits including Came Here For Love and her new single Ego.

The Vamps returned to Fusion Festival again this year, and were even better than they were in 2015! The Vamps always deliver an outstanding performance, and this was no exception as they filled the crowd with energy and warmth from their genuine enjoyment of performing. Their set included Last Night, Can we Dance and Middle of the Night.

And last but certainly not least was the headliners, Take That. The anticipation built in Otterspool Promenade as the crowd waited for the main act of the night, a 90 minute set which promised to be sensational.

And of course, Take That did not disappoint. Gary, Mark and Howard were all on top form, with smiles plastered on their faces all night out of pure enjoyment for what they do. Their set commenced with fan favourite Shine, raising the spirit and the energy for the night ahead.  Their set covered their biggest hits from 1992 to 2017, including Relight My Fire, Back For Good, The Flood and Giants, ensuring there was something to please every fan. There was moments of pure euphoria in the crowd as they coupled their songs with flames, confetti and an illuminating backdrop.

Unsurprisingly, the night finished with one of their biggest hits ‘Never Forget’, which ensured that everyone left Fusion Festival with a smile upon their face after a set of pure magic.

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