Live Review: Capital Fm’S Summertime Ball... Plus A Quick Chat With Usher!
Capital FM’s Summertime Ball was one of the biggest events of the summer and it did not disappoint! With the likes of Rita Ora, Conor Maynard, Usher, Cover Drive, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber taking to the stage, it was definitely an event not to be missed. The ball was located in the heart of Wembley stadium, with 80,000 screaming fans waiting to see their favourite artists (Bieber fans were in full-force) and the weather did not let us down for once…
Rita Ora, Conor Maynard and Cover Drive had smaller sets on stage whilst Usher and Justin Bieber stole the show as headliners, doing some of their classics as well as their relatively new material which the crowd enjoyed.
Usher proved he still had it in him with his ruthless dance routines and a set list which included setting the stage ablaze with his classic 'Burn’. With his new album 'Looking For Myself' set to be released soon, the singer showed he hasn't let himself go as he decided to show his abs off to the crowd whilst performing his new single ‘Climax’.
Usher's protégé Bieber arrived on stage sporting a studded black leather vest and union jack vest which prompted one of the biggest roars of the night. The singer delivered a 40 minute set, interacting with the crowd before performing his global smash 'Baby' and teasingly asking: "I have a big question to ask everybody tonight, who wants to be my baby?" which caused a roar that could have been mistaken for an earthquake.
Bieber then slowed it down with an acoustic session of a track from of his upcoming album 'Believe' called 'Die In Your Arms' before finishing off with his hit new single 'Boyfriend'.
The Summertime Ball delivers year after year with a star studded line up and a jam packed stadium; Radio 1 have a lot of work to do if they want to outdo this year’s heroics!
Whilst I was in the backstage area, I got to have a quick chat with Usher about his slick dance moves…
The Wrap Up: Usher! We know that you're huge on choreography; how long does it take to craft the perfect dance routine?
Usher: Well it totally depends on what type of song you're doing!
TWU: For example 'Yeah'?
Usher: ‘Yeah’ was an extensive dance routine; we used dance moves from all over. The A-Town stop originated from Atlanta, just as the Thunder Clap is a reggaeton dance move. So it was a complicated routine!
TWU: Say if the fans wanted to develop dance moves for yourself, any advice you'd give them?
Usher: I will say one thing, if you want to learn the dance moves and the choreography, there is a project that I've been working on that will be coming out shortly. It will allow fans to learn the moves… so look out for that!
Words: Kristian Galea (@KrisSoAppalled)