REVIEW: #CapitalSTB – Zayn Goes AWOL!

80,000 music fans, 20 of the world’s biggest music acts and over 6 hours long, it could only be this weekend’s Capital Summertime Ball.

The Wembley Stadium concert took place yesterday with the hottest names in music taking to the stage including Little Mix, Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas, Jess Glynn and Zayn Malik (no wait, he pulled out AGAIN).

The One Direction soloist pulled out of the gig just hours before he was due on stage, apparently due to anxiety. I personally think his ego has now exploded and he thinks he doesn’t need to promote his music because his fans will be there for him either way. The other possibility is that he didn’t want to come face to face with his ex fiancĂ©e Perri Edwards of Little Mix. He has pulled out of a string of appearances now, will we ever get a solo performance from the man who thought he was better than the other 4 and could go solo?

Little Mix opened the show with a cracking set including their recent hits Secret Love Song and Black Magic. Donned in black and white costumes they rocked the Wembley crowd so much that at one point the outer stage dipped, we could have had a Little Mix of bits and pieces on our hands. Don’t worry they are all fine!

The whole production from sound, lighting, staging and effects was the biggest ever put into the stadium. There was also endless amounts of confetti, how the audience got out after being swamped with 6 hours worth of it I don’t know.

Is over 360 minutes of music too much? For me, no! But then again I was lucky enough to watch it on the TV meaning they cut out all the swapping and changing, the terrible album tracks and the endless amounts of talking artists do in between songs.

Stand out performance for me had to be Ariana Grande who packed every hit into her set which seemed to last an hour. From Bang Bang to Problem and from Break Free to One Last Time she rocked it and even managed to squeeze in her recent hit single Dangerous Woman.

Will Manning and Marvin Humes kept the show running smoothly throughout the mammoth session while Major Lazer, Will.I.Am and Sigala all jumped behind the decks and kept the crowd pumping.

One ex boyband member who seemed to struggle yesterday (at first) was The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes. Sat at his piano, he couldn’t seem to hear and started off a bit shaky on his single Over and Over Again. But once joined on stage by X Factor winner Louisa Johnson he was back on the straight and narrow and blasted his set.

Tinie Tempah closed out the evening with a brilliant set from his early material to his most recent ‘Girls Like’ with Zara Larsson. Not the obvious choice to close the show considering the big names on the bill but he was the perfect choice when I saw it. He certainly knows what a crowd wants.

Did you watch the Ball? Who was your favourite? Let me know below.

Check out the highlights at CapitalTV

 

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