Thursday night at London’s IndigO2 housed the return of the charity event for Charlton Athletic Community Trust, which over the years has featured a star-studded line up alongside up and coming hopefuls. Hosted by Capital FM DJ Dave Berry, the event has seen the likes of Olly Murs, Lawson and Nina Nesbitt take to its stage in the past, and this year’s effort was headlined by Manchester band Rixton.
Before the main event, the 2000 capacity venue welcomes a handful of acts who previously took the time to audition for a panel of judges including Dave Berry. With Beyonce covers, Thriller Live’s current mini-Michael, and The Voice contestant Autumn Sharif, the whole event is a cherryade short of a school disco, but that doesn’t stop Rixton upping the ante and turning the night into an all-round success.
Opening the 45 minute set with Wait On Me, frontman Jake Roche leaves no time before he’s thrusting his hips around and giving Shakira a run for her money. With the recent release of their debut album Let The Road, the 4-piece work their way through so many crowd favourites it was hard to find an intro that didn’t make me bellow “I love this one!”
Fans were treated to We All Want The Same Thing, Make Out, Hotel Ceiling, Appreciated, a Frontin-Crazy In Love-Fine China-Uptown Funk medley, and of course closing on the massive Me And My Broken Heart, with the crowd almost singing louder than Jake himself.
Before Ariana Grande’s Honeymoon Tour, Rixton were just another radio band for me – until their impressive stage presence completely stole the show and made me refresh Seetickets everyday since for a headline show, and now I’ve had one, they certainly didn’t disappoint.
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