Feb 11, 2013
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You’ve watched them in your living room, voted for your favourite on your phone, clapped along to their performances on the tap to clap app. This weekend saw the final seven stars of The X Factor perform live on The X Factor 2013 Live Tour at the LG Arena.

The finalists performing on the tour, are James Arthur, Ella Henderson, Jahmene Douglas, Rylan Clark, Christopher Maloney and groups Union J and District3.

Ella Henderson said “I cannot believe that at only 16 I have not only had the amazing opportunity and experience of appearing on X Factor I am now fulfilling a dream by taking part in an arena tour”.

On being told they were part of the tour Union J said “We cannot wait to go on The X Factor Live Tour and meet all the fans and thank them personally for all their support”.

James Arthur said “A year ago I was busking in the street and playing in my local pub so knowing that next year I’ll be performing at arenas is totally mind blowing, I can’t wait”.

The X Factor Live Tour has been one of the biggest-selling arena tours in the UK for the last eight years, with more than 2 million people seeing the live show.

Review by: Birmingham Mail.net

Jan 28, 2013
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Boyzone front man Ronan Keating in his 2013 UK tour which saw him at Birmingham’s LG Arena on Friday. Ronan played a good selection of his old and new stuff as well as hinting the boys will be doing something special for their 20 year anniversary.

Here is Ronan’s review in picturess

 

Jan 23, 2013
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Billed as the “ultimate live chart show”, the sell-out Free Radio Live 2012 was one of the top shows of the year as the galaxy of stars performed some of their biggest hits to a packed audience of around 15,000 adoring fans.

THOUSANDS of fans went wild for some of the UK’s top teen acts at the city’s LG Arena.

Billed as the “ultimate live chart show”, the sell-out Free Radio Live 2012 was one of the top shows of the year as the galaxy of stars performed some of their biggest hits to a packed audience of around 15,000 adoring fans.

JLS topped the decibel charts with fans screaming their approval at every move and singing along to every hit, including newest big seller Hottest Girl In the World. The fab four of Marvin, Oritse, JB and Ashley proved they are the nation’s favourite boyband with a performance that raised the roof.

Recent chart-topper Labrinth also went down a storm with his number one smash Beneath Your Beautiful.

Last year’s X Factor winners Little Mix, who performed Number One smashes Cannonball and Wings, said they couldn’t believe the crowd reaction. The band said after the show: “It was incredible. We were so excited to perform in Birmingham.”

The show was opened by McFly who proved they were the ultimate professionals with a slick set of songs from their soon to be released “Best Of” album.

Scouting For Girls and Lawson, who claimed it was “the best gig ever”, completed the boybands, while Leona Lewis, Amelia Lily and Stooshe did their bit for girl power.

Leona underlined why she is rated as one of the top female vocalists from both sides of the Atlantic with immaculate vocals.

Review: Birmingham Mail

Jan 23, 2013
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POP icon George Michael rewarded the faithful on Sunday night when he returned to the stage for his first full UK show since a near-fatal illness.


Dressed in a purple suit, black shirt and trademark dark glasses, George proudly announced “Birmingham, I’m back!” And didn’t he just.

The crowd were repeatedly on their feet, prompting the star to say “you keep standing up, I love you”.

A fit and tanned George resumed his Symphonica tour in spectacular style at the LG Arena, taking an adoring audience on a classically-tinged tour of his greatest hits and excelling with an eclectic mix of covers.

It was the 49-year-old star’s first show in Birmingham since the ‘25 Live’ tour in 2006 and marks the resumption of the UK leg of Symphonica.

Last December’s LG Arena dates had to be rescheduled with the rest of the tour when the singer contracted pneumonia.

During a two-hour show, the backing of a full orchestra gave new resonance to old favourites, including a lush Cowboys and Angels and You Have Been Loved.

There were fresh emotionally-wrought takes on covers such as Rufus Wainwright’s Going To a Town and Terence Trent D’Arby’s Let Her Down Easy.

But it was George’s self-penned hits, mined from a back-catalogue of pure pop gold that the fans came to hear – and wildly cheer.

Against the backdrop of a sumptuously-lit stage, the hits oozed like warm honey, including Father Figure and Kissing a Fool.

Despite his illness, George’s pitch-perfect voice is, if anything, richer than it was in his mega-selling 80s heyday. One of white soul music’s greatest set of lungs remains in fine fettle.

It is 25 years since the former Wham! star made his solo album debut with Faith, which spawned six big-selling singles, four of which went to number one in the US.

With the rekindled Symphonica tour, George has enhanced his stellar reputation.

Despite sometimes adverse press coverage and scrapes with the law, Gorgeous George remains a bona fide British treasure.

Review: Birmingham Mail

Dec 06, 2012
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Grammy nominated Drake hit the stage at Birmingham’s LG Arena. Drake was accompanied by the very talented Labrinth. Here are a few shots I got whilst covering the gig.

Dec 05, 2012
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Due to phenomenal demand, dance troupe Diversity are to perform an extra matinee show at Birmingham’s LG Arena.

They will now two-step it in the region as they perform the additional daytime show, which forms part of their brand new tour for 2012, on Saturday, April 7. The new show is called Digitized – Trapped In A Game.

Diversity’s stint in Birmingham takes place during the Easter holidays and the 2009 Britain’s Got Talent winners will then go on to entertain at their already scheduled evening show in the city.

Last year alone Diversity performed live to over 300,000 people across the world.

Since winning Britain’s Got Talent, they have performed in front of The Queen on The Royal Variety Show, been the first act to perform outside No. 10 Downing Street in front of the Prime Minister and they starred in British smash-hit film StreetDance 3D.

Incorporating several genres of music from classical to hip-hop, their diverse eye-catching routines won the hearts of the nation.

Group leader and Choreographer Ashley Banjo said: “We are overwhelmed at how quickly tickets are selling and want to try and accommodate everyone. We are really looking forward to getting back out there with a brand new show.”

Review by: Express and Star

Dec 05, 2012
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Dressed as futuristic gladiators, JLS quite literally descended on Birmingham’s LG arena. And with a note, word and beat-perfect performance, the fabulous foursome gave the crowd everything they were screaming for – and then some.

Dressed as futuristic gladiators, JLS quite literally descended on Birmingham’s LG arena.

And with a note, word and beat-perfect performance, the fabulous foursome gave the crowd everything they were screaming for – and then some.

Sporting everything from red leather to LED Matrix-style suits, the former X Factor runners-up led fans through a string of hits including Beat Again, Everybody In Love, The Club Is Alive and new single Proud when they performed as part of their 4th Dimension tour.

Fireworks, glitter and a floating steel pyramid all made an appearance in the fast-paced two-hour show.

With slick choreography, epic sets and 18,000 adoring fans they proved winning really isn’t everything when it comes to making the most of the X Factor experience.

Review by: Express and Star

Dec 05, 2012
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LG Arena, Birmingham

The screams from the thousands of female fans almost lifted the roof off Birmingham’s LG Arena.The Wanted were given a warm welcome into the region and lapped up the approval from their adoring fans.

This is their first UK arena tour which had been hotly anticipated by teenage girls nationwide and the band – made up of Tom, Max, Siva, Jay and Nathan – didn’t disappoint.

They wowed the with their hits including the dance number Glad You Came, Say It On The Radio and their number one hit All Time Low which got everyone on their feet and dancing. The boys kept it simple and proved that you do not need complicated dance routines, dozens of backing dancers and a state-of-the-art set to put on a good show.

The Wanted instead chose to be accompanied by a live band, and ditched the fancy footwork in favour of energetically jumping around the stage, and used special effects including flashing lights, fire works and flares to add drama to the show. The acoustic numbers also proved that they can do more than just cheesy pop. The boys surprised the crowd when they performed a Coldplay medley, which had everybody singing along and waving their hands in the air.

Throughout the set The Wanted boys involved the audience in the performance, and Gloucester-born Nathan told the crowd: “It’s so good to be at my local arena.”

The lads finished the show with the crowd pleaser Glad You Came.

By Naomi Dunning – Express and Star