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Review: Metro Radio Live 2012 at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

THIS sell-out show featured some of the biggest names in pop including Little Mix, Lawson and solo singing sensation Leona Lewis.

Olly Murs played at Metro Radio Live 2012

THIS sell-out show featured some of the biggest names in pop including Little Mix, Lawson and solo singing sensation Leona Lewis.

Excited groups of teenage fans keenly awaited the first act, new boy band Lawson, who stormed the stage with hits such as Taking Over Me and an impressive cover of Carly Rae Jepson’s Call Me Maybe.

Not to be upstaged, McFly sent screaming girls with glow sticks into overdrive with their ukulele rendition of Love Is Easy in honour of band member Dougie’s birthday.

The boys, looking dapper in white shirts and back ties, showed they are still going strong with a tight performance during which they also paid tribute to the fans for supporting them for nine and a half years.

“That’s longer than some of you have been alive,” they declared before blasting in to their hit Shine A Light which brought fans to their feet.

Little Mix, X Factor winners and North East natives, showed off their figures in crop tops while performing amazing dance routines to songs off new album DNA, including Wings and Change Your Life.

The highlight of the show was the final act, Olly Murs, who fans seemed the most excited to see.

Performing hits such as Dance With Me Tonight and Heart Skips A Beat, along with current number one Troublemaker, he exuded charisma. His signature old-school dancing delighted many in the audience.

Other stand out performances included Brighton lad Conor Maynard, who got screaming fans jumping to his new track Turn Around, and Labrinth, who made the whole arena bounce with his smash hit Earthquake.

Leona Lewis, another X Factor success, sang numbers from her new album, Glassheart, to prove that - despite her recent absence from the charts – she still has what it takes to be a pop princess.

Student Amy Trotter, 18, of South Shields, summed up the mood of many in the audience, saying: “I’ve had such an amazing night. I’ve really enjoyed myself.”

Sophie Brownson

 

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