Superbreak’s Marketing Services Executive, Catherine saw some of the biggest acts in music last weekend as she visited The O2 Arena for this years’ Jingle Bell Ball! See who she rated in her exciting blog…
After a mammoth shopping morning in Oxford Street to pick out a glamorous new outfit, I was ready to party the night away down at London’s O2 Arena. Arriving at Entertainment Avenue I was greeted with the spectacular coca cola van; sponsors of Capitals Jingle Bell Ball, playing ‘Holiday’s are Coming’ theme tune, to prep me for what was set to be the biggest Christmas party of the year.
Arriving early I had time to polish off a couple of drinks to get in the party mood. The bartenders were courteous and efficient although make sure you specify if single measures are preferred as these guys assume you’re having a double! Prepared for London prices I wasn’t surprised to see a double spirit and mixer set you back over £10 and a small glass of wine came in at £4.40. Oh well YOLO, the night was young.
Capital’s Pandora kicked off the show at 5.30 with some surprise guest, Little Nicki and JLS member turned DJ Marvin Humes. Cue excitable yells and crazy dance moves! Jesse J was the first act in the line up to do her thing. Critics view her persona as a bit like marmite but music-wise the woman can certainly belt out a lead vocal. Her stunning figure got away with a barely there red-lace playsuit on the night, fabulous! Other strong performances came from John Newman, Lawson, Little Mix and Rudimental. The Vamps caused a stir in the audience performing their new single ‘Wild Heart’ – the menace in young teenage girls was unleashed as I was almost thrown from my seat from the power of their screams.
Jason Derulo was my personal favourite, ever-gracious and a true professional, moving from one hit to the next. Classic tracks included ‘The Other Side’, ‘In My Head’, ‘Ridin’ Solo’ brand new ‘Trumpets’ was performed with real emotion. He was an incredible performer and seemed to defy gravity in the dance routines…oooh he’s got the moves!
Dizzee Rascal got the crowd going Bonkers before headline act Lady Gaga. I was literally open-mouthed through her whole set, what a crazy lady! An amazing performer, complete with green-wig, fishnets and seashell-bra mermaid get-up and equally stunning set. Performing tracks from her new Artpop album, she knew how to work the crowd and it was clear she genuinely loves her fans. The singer also performed ‘Do What U Want’, and ‘Bad Romance’. She finished with ‘Applause’ as glitter and Balloons flooded the Arena.
I found getting back on the underground post-event to be a breeze. I feared the worst since this concert had a crowd for 16,000 but honestly the manoeuver from Arena seat to Underground couldn’t have been smoother. I left the Arena at 10.15 and was back in my Russell Square- based hotel before 11pm. It was a polished end to a night of show-stopping performances. I really don’t think any other concert could top the popularity and diversity of the Jingle Bell Ball. O2 Arena – I’ll be back again soon.