It was only 3 years ago that Jessica Cornish burst onto the scene as Jessie J with the single Do It Like A Dude, and she’s already selling multiple nights at arenas across the country.
Originally scheduled to take place in February and March of this year, the Nice To Meet You Tour was postponed whilst Jessie was filming The Voice and completing her second studio album, Alive. Whilst at the time the majority of fans were disapointed and inpatient, this is probably the best career move the 25 year old could’ve made. With a new set filled with fresher and stronger material, the now named Alive Tour kicked off last month and is still going strong across the UK.
When offered the opportunity to see Jessie J in the “Heartbeats Zone”, aka ‘the pit at the front’, this was an offer I couldn’t refuse. The O2 Arena is one of my favourite venues, and no matter who the artist, it’s always an iconic moment for them. Even more so for Jessie, being born and raised in Chadwell Heath (London).
Opening her massive 18 song set with Big White Room, a song made most famous from a self-shot bathroom video, I think it’s safe to say the entire 20,000 capacity area was at a standstill, completely taken back by how pure and pitch perfect Jessie’s vocals were. Moving straight into upcoming single Thunder, this is where she really got to show us just how much stage presence she has.
With various inspirational speeches and VT’s during costume changes, it’s clear to see how much the music really does mean to Jessie. She makes various jokes with the crowd, including her “lack of boobs and bum” before massive single Nobodys Perfect, and being so close to the lady herself during performing, you could without a doubt see the humble glimmer in her eye as she sings to a second night of a filled O2 Arena.
I could go on for days about Jessie J’s incredible vocals throughout the entire 90 minute show, but the costume changes were also something to be spoken about. 5 in total, but all amazingly put together and fitting to her style.
Making her way through hit after hit, including Domino, Laserlight, Wild, and the amazing Who You Are, it was the end of the show that really completed the whole night. After singing album title track Alive, Jessie addressed the crowd about the usual etiquette for encores, and said she’d rather stay on the stage and get on with it. She joked “i’ve gotta sing the song about the money money money”, and with that, we were bursting into her first number one single, Price Tag.
Ending the show on last single It’s My Party seemed the appropriate choice, and there wasn’t a sad face in the house as they left London’s O2 Arena on October 30th.
I’ve never disliked Jessie J, but i’ve never really had much of an opinion. The Alive Tour changed this and Jessie J has completely stolen my heart. She is the definition of a true popstar, knowing how to entertain a crowd yet still remain perfectly humble and thankful. Don’t ever pass up a chance to see this woman live.
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Jessie J supports Robin Thicke on his US tour in 2014.
Review by Jayde Maria Engledew