Ruby superstars Kaiser Chiefs belted out their chart-topping anthem at a star-studded Summer Live gig to celebrate Hallam FM’s own ruby anniversary, writes Graham Walker.
The Sheffield based radio station is 40 years old and around 8,000 screaming music fans turned up to party with some of today’s biggest chart stars at the Motorpoint Arena.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Graham Walker’s exclusive video report, including chats with the acts backstage, plus a slideshow of Summer Live photos by Alex Roebuck.
X Factor winners Little Mix, who recently sold out the venue, returned to headline the show and saluted the station with hits, including new album title track, called Salute.
But earlier Kaiser Chiefs got everyone in the birthday spirit with an apt and promised version of Ruby, plus I Predict A and, from new album, Meanwhile Up In Heaven.
Sheffield’s The Voice TV contestant Jessica Steele, reunited with the Leeds band’s front man Ricky Wilson, who mentored her, opened the show with She Said.
The line-up was then a who’s who of pop with 26 top 10 singles and seven number one hits between them - including The Vamps, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Katy B, X Factor finalist Ella Henderson, Jess Glynne and girl band Neon Jungle.
Pop’s latest sensation Ella Eyre, 20, whose husky voice has drawn comparisons with Amy Winehouse, was celebrating her solo debut chart entry, with If I Go. She got a deafening reception as she sang the Rudimental number one she featured on, Waiting All Night.
Backstage she revealed:”My album is going to be out in October and I can’t wait to tour.”
She will play Sheffield’s Plug on Thursday, October 9, as part of a 13-date UK tour. Tickets go on sale 9am on Friday, July 25. More details soon at www.thestar.co.uk and www.wow247.co.uk
Foxes, real name Louisa Rose Allen, whose debut album Glorious features hit singles Youth, Let Go for Tonight and Holding Onto Heaven, said she’s landed a part in the eighth series of Doctor Who.
“I’m going to be in an episode, not as me but playing a character. I’ve also done a song. It’s an amazing pinch-yourself moment. I’m also going on tour in Europe with Pharrell.”
Hallam FM’s Breakfast show host Big John, who introduced acts with Producer James Crookes and Janine Jones, said: “It sounds like a cliche but the crowd was loving it. We’ve got to do this again.
Drive time DJ Steve White said: “I grew up listening to Hallam. Now I have my dream job. It’s great year to be here in the 40th anniversary year.”