Pre-pandemic, the Radio City Hits Live events were a regular on the pop calendar so, seeing them return in 2021 was a highlight for any pop fan. Making a spectacular return to Liverpool, the event organisers pulled out all the stops to ensure this was an event no pop fan would forget securing superstar headliner in the form of none other than Ed Sheeran.
Of course, his appearance alone guaranteed the event was a sell-out and, with organisers backing it up with a top supporting cast consisting of Irish rockers The Script, singer-songwriter Tom Grennan, pop favourites Ella Henderson, Mabel, Mimi Webb and Becky Hill, and opening the whole party, DJ Joel Corry.
And what a night it was for the thousands of fans dancing in the aisles at the M&S Bank Arena. From the moment DJ Joel Corry took to his decks and set proceedings off with a pyro-filled set of anthems, this was a Friday night in Liverpool the likes of which hadn’t been seen in a long time and that was just the start.
The DJ was just one of many highlights as the hits and stars just kept on coming each one making it harder for every fan to pick one highlight. Whether it was seeing Ella Henderson dueting with Tom Grennan or Mabel and Becky Hill putting on some serious dance routines to young pop sensation Mimi Webb getting the entire venue up and out of their seats for her hit “Dumb Love”, this was an unforgettable night for so many reasons.
Having been starved of live music for nearly two years, both acts and fans were ready to make up for lost time none more so than The Script. Early on in their set, frontman Danny O’Donoghue decided to get up close and personal with the crowd by going walkabout much to the joy of those fans in the back rows with one woman in the bar screaming later how she’d danced with the frontman.
Speaking of dancing, prior to headliner Ed Sheeran taking to the stage, hosts Fleur East, James Barr and Matt Haslam whipped the crowd into a frenzy with their “dance cam” panning the arena flashing up ecstatic fans on the big screens. Sadly, despite wanting the party to carry on all night, there was a curfew but what a way to end. Admitting he hadn’t played Liverpool in quite a few years, superstar songwriter Ed Sheeran made sure his return to Liverpool was worth the wait with a short but hit-filled set.
Now, given his gigs are regularly a sellout on the Stadium circuit, it’s ridiculous to think that this Arena show could almost be classed as an intimate venue for Sheeran. That fact alone makes this an extra special night for these fans who, as they poured out onto the streets after his set, were taking with them memories from a wonderful night of entertainment headlined by one of the biggest names in British music.
For ticket information and more details about Radio City Hits Live 2022, visit the Hits Radio Official Website