Cher Lloyd performing Swagger Jagger at Nottingham Rock City, Thursday 12 April 2012.
(C) Copyright 2012 JP
After the wonderful experience of the Meet & Greet and when my turn was over (boo hoo!), I had to leave the venue for just a short time but could come back and use my early entry pass to make sure we got a really good place. So when I left I nipped to a nearby pub for a quick coffee … then it was time to go back!
I was able to get back in and get right down the front and hook my arms over the railing from which wild horses could not have pulled me! And soon I could tell the rest of the venue was filling up too and loads of excited brats were piling in and filling up all the space behind.
Pretty soon, ‘No Lights at Lockdown’ took to the stage and started their set. It was good to see this band as at Birmingham a few short nights before, when I walked in they were finishing off and I heard only the very last note of their set! So now I had the opportunity to see them properly and I thought they were really good. Their music was a fusion of guitar boy-band pop but with a grittier more alternative side to it which really gave them an edge. ‘No Lights at Lockdown’ struck me as the result of ‘Mcfly’, ‘Busted’, ‘Green Day’ and ‘Blink 182’ all blended together – but it’s important to say, with some originality of their own. They really really could play – as they were tighter than a gnat’s proverbial! I think this band should do very well!
Next up were brother and sister act SD-Jem. I had actually seen these before at Birmingham so it was fun to see them again. They looked like they were loving it bringing their cheeky Eurocentric dance music this time to the East Mids. They were really good at getting the crowd ready for Cher and I think they’re just a really positive and fun act and clearly having a great time bounding all over the stage! Fabulous!
And finally, it was time for Cher Lloyd to take to the stage and I couldn’t wait! The band emerged first and began playing the opening to ‘Dub on the Track’. Then Cher emerged to a very excited and screaming crowd, centre stage on a raised platform behind the drummer and from behind a big bobbly lit up curtain. She looked fab wearing a snug looking blue jumpsuit with red detail! A cross hung on a long chain around her neck and she wore her hair down and long with a hat like (if not the same) to the one worn at Birmingham. (I wonder if the hat is TopShop?) Cher’s boots also looked fab and with killer heels!
Cher ran thru ‘Dub on the Track’ and onto ‘Grow Up’. The crowd was again definitely really pro-Cher and were very lively and noisy! But Cher then calmed it all down with ‘Love me for me’, an immensely powerful song filled to the brim with power and emotion. We all got to jump around again with ‘Over the Moon’ and ‘Superhero’ before the brakes were applied again for ‘With Ur Love’, ‘End Up Here’ and ‘Beautiful People’ … all of which were performed magnificently.
Then it was time for a little chat and again Cher invited questions via Twitter and spent a little time answering them. We all had our snap taken ready for tweeting by one of Cher’s dancers with and iPad then Cher began to sing again, maintaining the ambience with an acoustic version of Jason Derulo’s ‘Breathing’. Next was Robyn’s ‘Dancing on my own’ followed by Avril Lavigne’s ‘Complicated’. The cover versions all a charming and delightful trio songs which Cher sang beautifully.
Cher then quickened the pace as a dancey intro kicked in which I (this time!) immediately recognized to be ‘Swagger Jagger’. Cher was clearly having lots of fun playing ‘Swagger Jagger’, whipping us all up and with her swag well and truly on launched next into ‘Playa Boi’ – the crowd and me were loving it!
Then time for one more change of pace as Cher performed a wonderful cover version of Usher’s ‘OMG’. Which again, gave me goosebumps to hear and I could feel all my life chords pulling! It was brilliant!
Then all to soon it was time for the last song of the set. The bratty and perky ‘Want U Back’! Everyone absolutely raised the roof for this and at the end of the song the band kept playing allowing Cher time to thank her band and thank her fans before disappearing backstage. The gig was absolutely fantastic and I left the venue with my ears ringing and so so happy! I was looking forward so much to the penultimate and ultimate nights of the tour at Swindon and at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London!
…. as I paused by some street vendors outside and in the coolness of the evening, I was just completely buzzing !!!
Dub on the Track
Love Me for Me
Over the Moon
With Ur Love
End Up Here
Breathing (Jason Derulo cover)
Dancing on my Own (Robyn cover)
Complicated (Avril Lavigne cover)
OMG (Usher cover)
Want U Back