The O2 Apollo in Manchester packed out within half an hour of the doors opening, with people of all ages waiting eagerly to hear hits from Jess Glynne’s chart-topping debut album.
80s electro pop and groovy soul echoed around the Apollo while waiting for the first act, Chiara Hunter. The atmosphere shifted when she appeared on stage with her lively 90s style funk-pop. She’s an energetic Australian who recently moved to London, and she has style, charisma and a powerful voice. You can expect to see her name appearing more in the near future!
Tiggs Da Author was up next for his short set that consisted of only five songs, but he pulled out a crowd pleasing cover of Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ which got the audience singing along and grooving, getting everyone hyped up for the pop star to take over.
Silver glitter tassels were the back drop for the redhead’s performance. The group consisted of two female vocalists, a drummer, DJ and guitarist. The backing singers wandered onto the stage first and got into position, they began singing and engaged the crowd, gesturing to the side of the stage from which Jess Glynne was soon to appear.
The energy multiplied as the sassy pop artist appeared on the stage. Her set included her hits “Not Letting Go’ and ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’, as well as the Clean Bandit hit ‘Rather Be’ that she lent her vocals to. Along with a mix of old and new material, her powerful voice broke through the speakers and the waves of people in the crowd yelled for more.
Stomping around in her chunky black heels and floaty silk dress, the crowd was going wild for her dance moves and mimicking her as she swayed around.
Jess Glynne is making another appearance in Manchester at the end of March and if you missed out on this performance then be quick to grab yourself a ticket next time, because her voice is like liquid gold and the tickets are going quick!
Photos by Holly Mason.