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Future Hits Live – The Hangover

I’m sat on a train, roaring through the North East countryside (countryside in the North East, who’d have thought it?) trying desperately to think of an opening line to describe how Future Hits Live went down… and I’m stuck. I’m stuck to explain fluently just how magnificent it was. Everything. Every single part of it. The acts, the crowd, the lighting guy. Being left stuck for words is not something that happens to me often. Maybe it’s because my head hurts. We partied hard last night and there was a choir competition in the hotel this morning that didn’t exactly go down brilliantly – it was like being trapped in a rubbish sitcom.

FHL 1

A new band opened. A late, unpublicized edition addition to the line up that signed their recording contract this week and picked their name on Thursday!! 4 girls, Neon Jungle, performing their first ever gig at Future Hits Live in Newcastle were…. OUTSTANDING.

It was the 2 year university of Nina Nesbitt’s first ever gig and she celebrated it with us in style.

FHL Nina Nesbitt

Té from Loveable Rogues was also celebrating, he turned 20 yesterday and despite a slight balls up with lighting the candle, I managed to get a cake on stage during their set and the whole of the Volvo Mill Tyne Theatre sang happy birthday to him. Beautiful guy – beautiful moment. Unfortunately, we didn’t get chance to smash up any dressing rooms as planned but I think it’s for the best… the theatre manager was a BIG guy.

FHL Loveable Rogues

(Ya boy) Charlie Brown had a night to remember too, performing his new single Floodgates for the first time ever. It brought the house down.

FHL Charlie Brown

We added Tich to the line up last week and #TichatFutureHitsLive trended on Twitter worldwide. I think we knew from that moment that it was going to be a pretty special night. Dumb is one of the catchiest tunes I’ve ever heard and everybody went home whistling it. She is effortlessly brilliant and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Newcastle loved her.

FHL Tich

And then there were Union J. 3 girls passed out and one literally, and painfully, fell to her knees on the front row. You should have heard the thud. This was their first headline gig, first big live show since X Factor and the first time they’d performed their debut single Carry You live. All fairly low key then…

FHL Union J

The crowd. Wow. They were incredible. Thank you if it was you. You screamed the roof off the theatre. Here we are, making ugly faces.

FHL Crowd

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