Monday, 17 February, 2020

Free Radio Live 2017: A night full of pop-tastic entertainment!

★★★★

Free Radio Live has returned for 2017 and this year had a fantastic party atmosphere at the Genting Arena, Birmingham.

The West Midlands’ biggest pop party-concert has returned to Birmingham at the Genting Arena (part of the NEC complex).

Last year’s Free Radio Live featured incredible artists such as Little Mix, Olly Murs, Professor Green, Sigala, Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie, Craig David, Busted, Clean Bandit and Calum Scott.

Free Radio Live returned for it’s annual spectacular concert on Saturday, November 11, and the lineup was upped from last year’s.

This year’s sold-out show featured global superstars Demi Lovato, Liam Payne, The Vamps, The Script, Craig David, Anne-Marie, George Ezra, Louisa Johnson, Jonas Blue and Jax Jones.

Despite some delayed sound checks before the concert kicked off, it wasn’t long before security started to allow people to enter the arena.

15,000 people fled into the arena all ready for the 6.45pm start time.

Jax Jones opened Free Radio Live 2017 with his most popular hits having the audience ‘dropping it down low and taking it back high’ with ‘Instruction’ ft. Demi Lovato, he also performed ‘You Don’t Know Me’ with special-guest RAYE.

Following Jax Jones was the hugely talented Louisa Johnson. Louisa found fame on The X Factor 2015 after winning the show, and her incredible vocal range and pitch-perfect performance had the crowd in the palm of her hand with ‘So Good’.

If the audience weren’t already standing for Louisa, they were for George Ezra who took to the stage next. The ‘Budapest’ singer-songwriter had an extraordinary stage presence as the whole arena sung along to his most famous hits ‘Blame It On Me’, ‘Don’t Matter Now’ and ‘Budapest’ from his debut studio album.

Jonas Blue followed up George on the Free Radio stage, RAYE was also his special-guest as he performed ‘By Your Side’ and ‘Perfect Strangers’ and ‘Fast Car’.

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Next was quite possibly the most highly-anticipated act from the lineup, Demi Lovato. Demi didn’t disappoint, and she didn’t hold back. It felt like the crowd was transported into one of her sell-out, high production, concerts, even though she sang three songs. ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, ‘Confident’ and ‘Cool For The Summer’ ended Part 1 of Free Radio Live in magnificent style.

After a short 20 minute break, the music returned.

The Script opened Part 2 of Free Radio Live with a storm of ‘Rain’, and then lit up the arena with their new single ‘Arms Open’ as fans held their torches up in stunning fashion.

Craig David was arguably one of the most memorable performances from the night, with his up-tempo set highlighting tracks from his impressive career, it included ‘7 Days’ and his new single ‘Heartline’.

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Anne-Marie is no stranger to the Free Radio stage after performing at last year’s concert, her superb vocals had mum’s and dad’s dancing along with their kids to well known songs ‘Rockabye’ and ‘Ciao Adios’, she also performed her new single ‘Heavy’.

Coming to the end of Free Radio’s sensational night there were only two acts left to grace the stage.

The Vamps were second to last, squeezing the last ounce of energy out of the audience with their rock-vibe set. Their electricity and impressive dance moves shows how talented the four cheeky chappies are. ‘Can We Dance’, ‘All Night’ and ‘Personal’ had everyone up and out of their seats.

Lastly, it was time for Wolverhampton’s own Liam Payne to close Free Radio Live 2017.

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Liam performed his recent hits ‘Strip That Down’ and ‘Get Low’ to the delight of his fans – Even throwing in some ballsy dance moves. After the show Liam retweeted our footage of his dance moves on Twitter, it’s safe to say fans were impressed around the world.

Liam ended his set with an energetic performance of ‘Bedroom Floor’ – You can watch some footage below of how fantastically brilliant it was.

Overall Free Radio Live hosted an ace pop-tastic night full of the charts biggest artists, and selection of global superstars. We’re looking forward to next year’s show.

Our review of Free Radio Live 2017 is awarded 4 stars. ★★★★

Tickets go onsale for Free Radio Live 2018 on Monday, 13th November.

Free Radio Live 2018 will take place Saturday 24th November 2018.

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