Event Review: OneRepublic at The O2 Arena in London

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Are you a fan of OneRepublic just like SuperBreak’s Aisling? Read her review of their performance at The O2 Arena in London, and just might just decide you are…

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Last week Colorado rockers OneRepublic were in London as part of their first ever UK arena tour and I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to see them perform at The O2 Arena.

I am a huge OneRepublic fan and decided to bring my best friend along for a girly night in London. After weeks of buzzing about the fact I was going to see OneRepublic perform, I literally couldn’t wait to take my seat in the arena. South African alternative rock band the Kongos opened the show. I had never heard of them before, but they put on a fantastic and energetic performance which got the crowd hyped for the upcoming main event.

It was finally time for OneRepublic to open their first ever show at The O2 Arena and you could feel the anticipation and excitement building around the arena. The atmosphere was amazing!

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OneRepublic performed their opening number behind a curtain in silhouette, before it fell to the ground spectacularly as ‘Light It Up’ kicked in. The majority of their set consisted of tracks from their third album Native, including ‘Counting Stars’, ‘Feel Again’ and ‘Something I Need’, however the band also performed a number of their much loved hits including ‘Secrets, ‘Stop & Stare’ and ‘Apologize’ which they managed to blend in with an absolutely epic cover of Sam Smith’s smash hit ‘Stay With Me’, which got the most phenomenal reaction from the crowd.

There were three moments which really stood out for me during their set. The first was their performance of their hit ‘Good Life’ which they performed acoustically to the backdrop of a number of London landmarks. The second stand out moment was their performance of their new song ‘I Lived’ and the final stand out moment for me was their cover of George Ezra’s track ‘Budapest’ which went down a treat with the crowd.

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The band performed an encore which consisted of tracks including ‘Love Runs Out’ and a cover of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’, before they closed the show with a performance of their hit ‘If I Lose Myself’ which they performed as the bands frontman Ryan Tedder ran around the stage as the audience got covered in confetti.

From the minute the band stepped out onto the stage to the minute they left, you could just tell that they were putting absolutely everything they had into making sure that their very first arena performance in London was a memorable one. I had a fantastic night and it certainly is one that I will remember for a long time!

We spent my night in London at my personal favourite hotel in London, the 4* Rubens at the Palace which is located right in the heart of Victoria. We ate at the O2 Arena prior to the concert at Jimmy’s World Grill & Bar, which offers w wide selection of mixed cuisine and cocktails – my favourite was the Green Alligator!

Have you seen OneRepublic perform live on stage? Are there any other events at the O2 Arena in London that have caught your eye? Let us know using the comments box.

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