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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Review: Radio 1Xtra live gig

A couple of weeks ago I went to a Radio 1Xtra gig featuring an all-female line-up at Brixton's O2 Academy. The London night was the last of four gigs around the country. I had been to the original live gig two years ago in Sheffield, which was amazing, so this one had a lot to live up to.

The gig started with Jessie J performing all her most well known songs Price Tag, Do It Like A Dude, Nobody's Perfect, and a couple of new ones. The previous week she had performed live on X Factor and received criticism for being too pitchy and out of tune. She told the audience that she took all the comments on board and admitted that her performance on the X Factor had been a bit pitchy, but she was proud that she never mimed.

She then sang Who You Are in her words - the way it was meant to be sang - in tune - and it was faultless. Although Jessie J is a little bit wacky in person she did have a good banter with the crowd and was quite playful, especially with the haters who she highlighted in the crowd who she singled out until they were won over.

Another highlight of the gig was an exclusive performance by six British female rappers - the Female MC All Stars. Mz Bratt was the first one out performing her hit Tear It All Down. This was followed by Lady Leshurr who blasted out Lego. The two were joined by A. Dot, Roxxane, Lioness and Baby Blue for a live performance together, which was amazing and impressive.

But the highlight for me was Kelly Rowland, who was the true star of the night. She came out looking glam, with her all-male back-up dancers busting some moves which answers why she has an amazing figure.  She performed a medley of her hits including Like This, and every member of the audience was rooting for her. It became obvious these fans were here for Kelly and remembered her from her Destiny's Child days, and wanted to see her shine in her own right.

She sang her 2002 hit with Nelly - Dilemma and the room sang it along with her. She then performed a medley of hits from Destiny's Child including Independent Woman, Say My Name, Jumpin Jumpin, Soldier and Survivor.

Kelly then performed her more recent dance hits When Love Takes Over and Commander, performed with singer Luc James All Of The Night, and then sang Lay It On Me with Big Sean.

But she truly shocased her vocals in Down For Whatever for the finale, which, dancing aside, was the highlight of her performance for me.

Did you go to the gig? If you did, what was your favourite performance?


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