Merry Christmas!

Hello fellow music lovers,

I just wanted to thank every single one of you for the support you have given me throughout the last year, for the concerts you went to see with me, and of course, for making this blog grow on a daily basis.

2014 was a good year, but I am sure that 2015 is gonna be even better! πŸ™‚

Mels Jukebox Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all of you!

Ho Ho Ho,

Mels Jukebox

 

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BBC Music Awards 2014 – Earls Court

On Thursday the 11th December 2014, the first ever BBC Music Awards were held in London’s Earls Court.

The award show was sold out in no time and the 13,500 tickets holders were in for a night of glorious live music by the best acts of 2014.

The streets around Earls Court and the entire fore court were lined with thousands of people, all eager to get in. Upon entering the venue we were handed, white wristbands which later lit up and created a beautiful atmosphere in the arena.

At 8pm sharp, the show started and we were live on television and the two BBC radio channels. Coldplay had the honour to start the show, and they did it in style. Chris Martin started his journey to the stage in the backstage area, passing all the other artist that were gathered, making his way through corridor with lit up trees, until he finally reached the stage for the first chorus.

The wristbands that were handed out earlier were all lit up and turned the arena into an actual ‘Sky Full Of Stars’ with a heavenly view. This was a perfect start and set the mark for what was still to come.

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The show was hosted by Radio 1s Fearne Cotton and Radio 2s Chris Evans, who both did an amazing job leading the audience and the 3.9 mio viewers in front of the television through a night of great live music.

Next up were Labrinth who collaborated with the talented Ella Henderson. They gave a stunning rendition of Labrinth new single ‘Jealous’ which smoothly went into Ella’s first hit ‘Ghost’.

This was followed by another successful collaboration, as Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne entered the stage and performed their hit ‘Rather Be’. The whole crowd joined in for the chorus and it was just beautiful.

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Things got a bit more soulful as Gregory Porter performed a medley of Feeling Good and Liquid Spirit.

Pharrell Williams would win two of the BBC Music Awards throughout the night, one award for ‘Best International Artist’ and the other BBC Music Award for ‘Best Single Of The Year’, which was of course, the famous ‘Happy’.

Unfortunately he couldn’t be in London for the ceremony, instead he got handed both awards by Gwen Stefani.

Now it was time for some lovely guitar strumming and a gorgeous rich voice, which only meant the lovely George Ezra was up next. He sang his song ‘Budapest’ beautifully with the audience joining in. Such a talented guy!

Earls Court ramped up their scream-level, as Fearne Cotton asked the audience if they were ready for ‘Liam, Harry, Louis, Zayn and Niall’. The answer was an obvious yes and under massive cheers One Direction made their way onto the stage.

The guys performed their hit ‘ Steal My Girl‘ and it is fair to say the audience went crazy. Screaming, cheering, crying but most importantly singing with the 1D lads.

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Surely entire Earls Court sang along the lines of ‘Steal My Girl’ at some point.

To finish of their stunning performance, One Direction accepted the Billboard award for topping the Billboard charts with all their first four albums. No group has ever achieved this up till now. They left the stage under massive applause.

How do you follow-up a One Direction performance that had the crowd go crazy? By letting Ed Sheeran with his guitar climb the stage next, of course!

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Ed Sheeran blew everyone away with his massive hit ‘Sing’, he encouraged the crowd to sing the famous chorus and they happily did. This was a real moment, having entire Earls Court sing together with Ed standing on stage, strumming away on his guitar with a massive smile plastered on his face.

He would later win the BBC Music Award for ‘Best British Artist’, being absolutely chuffed about it.

The start studded line up continued with yet another glorious collaboration of the night. Star DJ Calvin Harris was up next, accompanied by the amazing John Newman, they performed their single ‘Blame’. The crowd clearly loving their performance. Suddenly Blame turned into the first chords of ‘Outside’ the new Calvin Harris single with Ellie Goulding.

And there she was, Ellie Goulding stood on a raised part overlooking the stage and audience, sinning the lyrics to ‘Outside’. The whole performance, Calvin Harris himself played the piano and it sounded beautifully.

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After a fair share of pop music, it was time for the rock part of the evening. Fearne Cotton and Chris Evans introduced the next act, Catfish And The Bottlemen. This part of the show was dedicated to the BBC Introducing feature, as Catfish And The Bottlemen are just one of the glorious examples of bands that came through BBC Introducing.

The band, lead by singer Van McCann entered the stage and gave a pretty cool performance of ‘Kathleen.Β Rounding up their performance, Van McCann on behalf of Catfish And The Bottlemen, was handed the BBC Music Award for ‘Best BBC Introducing 2014’, by Fearne Cotton.

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Needless to say, all members of Catfish And The Bottlemen were over the moon. And so was I, having seen them playing the Koko just a few weeks ago and now playing the BBC Music Awards made me really proud of how far they have come.

The show continued smoothly, with Paloma Faith appearing on a balcony singing ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’. Having gracefully walked down the stairs to the stage, Paloma got joined by EDM Duo ‘Sigma’ and together they gave their hit ‘Changing’ it’s best.

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After that, it was time for the second boy band of the night, one for the older generation. Take That entered the center stage and absolutely delivered. The trio was joined by countless dancers while singing their latest single ‘These Days’, and again, the whole of Earls Court sang along.

The penultimate act of the night wasΒ Will.i.AmΒ who got joined by Cody Wise and together they celebrated with ‘It’s My Birthday’.

The BBC Music awards were coming to an end after 2 hours of great live music and a nice musical journey through 2014 which was only topped with the final performance of the night, which lead by no other than Sir Tom Jones who got joined by the gorgeous Paloma Faith.

This was truly an amazing night and definitely an award show to remember!

Mels Jukebox

Lonely The Brave & Lower Than Atlantis @ Rock Sound Christmas Ball

Less than two weeks until Christmas, the days are getting colder, the people more festive, the perfect time for my first Christmas party this year.

Monday night, 8th December, Rock Sound hosted a rather rock ‘n’ roll Christmas ball at the Koko in Camden with performances by ‘Lonely The Brave‘ and ‘Lower Than Atlantis’.

Unsurprisingly the place was sold out as good handmade music was on offer.

Warming up the crowd were ‘Decade’ all dressed in very fancy Christmas jumpers, front man Alex Sears even sporting a lit-up one.

Kokos ceiling looked liked a sparkling Christmas tree, a sea full of red, yellow and green dots, reflected by the iconic disco ball hanging in the middle of the venue.

Next up it was time for ‘Lonely The Brave‘ to hit the stage and they started things off beautifully with ‘Call Of Horses’. There’s something magical about this band, after having seen Lonely The Brave in October for the first time, I was wondering if this *magic* will get me again.

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What should I say, it certainly did. From the first word out of singer David Jakes mouth until the last of the evening. His voice just gets me every time.

Their first single ‘Backroads’ definitely had the crowd singing, and I couldn’t contain myself as Lonely The Brave performed one of my favourites ‘ Victory Line’. Such an amazing song.

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The five piece has a certain aura around them, captivating everyone who is willing to join the ride. The bands performance was on point with guitarist Mark Trotter talking to the crowd several times. The set finished with a powerful and emotional rendition of ‘The Blue, The Green’.

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By that time, I was absolutely gone, I hung on to every word David sang, heard myself singing along and basically got absolutely lost in this song. I mean, how can you not?

While the stage got set up for the headliners, the sound of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ as well as the Pogues ‘Fairytale Of New York’ were being played and the entire venue sang along. This was really fun and suddenly the wait didn’t seem too long.

The area in front of the stage was super crowded and everyone was expectantly waiting for ‘Lower Than Atlantis’.

The four lads entered the stage at 9:30pm accompanied by roaring ‘LTA’ cheers. Their set started with the impressive ‘English Kids In America’ and Koko went crazy. From the very start of Lower Than Atlantis’ set there was some serious crowd action going on, fancy Christmas hats bouncing up and down others getting absolutely bonkers in the mosh pit.

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It was a rather wild start, but that’s just how we like it.

Singer Mike Duce definitely knows how to get everyone’s attention, he casually announced that they’d be shooting a video for their upcoming single, right now, right here. Needles to say, he got a massive cheer from the crowd, and urged everyone who wanted to be part of the video to go crazy and the fans surely didn’t disappoint.

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The mayhem was followed upΒ with ‘Emily’, and theΒ set continued with a nice mix of old and new tunes from Lower Than Atlantis several albums.

The Watford lads gave their live debut of ‘Merry Christmas (Wherever You Are)’ and turned Koko into a winter wonderland by making it snow inside. That was something special.

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Things got wrapped up with the absolute banger ‘Here We Go’ and the party people gave it their best one last time.

This was a rather not so silent night, but for sure a holy one πŸ™‚

Mels Jukebox