After five years at the top of the charts, JLS said farewell to their Sheffield fans at a sell-out city gig – ending their successful pop journey in style.
Starting out as runners-up of The X Factor in 2008, JB Gill, Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold and Oritse Williams are bowing out with a nationwide tour celebrating a rise to fame which has seen them clock up three number one singles, a platinum debut album and two Brit awardss.
Loyal fans lifted the roof of Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena in Attercliffe with deafening applause and screams as they said their own goodbyes to their idols – many in tears at the prospect of their beloved boys splitting at the end of the year.
Hits including She Makes Me Wanna, Everybody in Love and Beat Again had the crowd on its feet – with sections of the JLS army hysterical in their adulation of the boys.
Concert-goers wearing JLS T-shirts and waving banners declaring undying love for the band filled the venue, while young girls and boys with glowsticks and neon flashing lights lit up the venue.
A star-shaped walkway from the stage into the centre of the crowd gave a gig in front of thousands a strangely intimate feel, with JLS just inches away from the crowd.
And for four lucky girls plucked from the crowd it will be a gig they will never forget after being led onto stage, sat on chairs in front of a sea of envious fans to be serenaded by the boys.
One girl overcome at meeting JLS looked starstruck and in shock throughout the personal performance, while the others used their mobile phones to take pictures and to record the moment.
Taking their fans down memory lane, JLS performed their favourite tracks as well as covers including Rihanna’s Umbrella – but it was their version of Boyz II Men’s End of the Road which had most poignance.