HUNDREDS of people descended on the Spa Bridlington to see some famous faces from the world of pop music live on stage.
Chart toppers Rizzle Kicks were the headline act at Saturday’s Brid Bash which pulled in a crowd of almost 3,000 people cementing its position as one of the region’s biggest live music events.
Speaking to the Free Press ahead of their appearance on stage Jordan “Rizzle” Stephens was looking forward to the performance.
“The crowds are always more excited up north, the southern crowds are a little bit spoilt so when we come up North the people are really happy,” he said.
At one point in their performance the Rizzle Kicks were showered with a flurry of glo sticks from the crowd, after they were invited to throw them on stage, a trend which had been developing throughout the evening.
Joining the Brighton based duo at Brid Bash were dreadlocked singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner, up and coming UK boyband Lawson, Britain’s Got Talent finalist Ryan O’Shaughnessy, and former X-Factor stars Misha B and Marcus Collins.
Marcus Collins, who enjoyed a good old fashioned fish and chip supper before his performance, said: “I love being on the coast. Being from Merseyside I love being by the sea, it’s just fantastic.”
Ryan O’Shaughnessy was also pleased to be performing at the seaside venue.
“I’m really looking forward to this and the stage looks great,” he said.
“This is the first time I have seen the sea for a while so it’s great to be here.”
And for one member of Lawson the trip to Bridlington brought back fond childhood memories.
“I used to come here all the time when I was a kid because my dad’s got a house on Flamborough Head,” said Lawson’s bass player Ryan Fletcher.
And while some of the acts use gigs like Brid Bash to help catapult them into the spotlight there was one performer among them who was taking the opportunity to re-launch his music career.
R&B singer Lemar enjoyed chart success after being declared runner up in TV talent show Fame Academy a decade ago, and is now back after taking some time out of the business.
One member of the crowd who was especially pleased about this was Charlie Wilkinson, 20, who enjoyed a meet and greet backstage with Lemar after winning a Free Press competition.
Self confessed super fan Charlie, accompanied by girlfriend Geraldine Deegan, was speechless as he waited in the wings to meet the man who he had admired for the past 10 years.
“This is like meeting my idol and it’s like an early birthday present for me as I’m 21 in October,” said Charlie who got Lemar to sign his copy of his debut album which he now plans to frame.
“This is a dream come true. When I saw he was coming to town I couldn’t believe it. It just goes to show the Free Press is definitely worth buying,” he added.
There were also surprise appearances from some other familiar faces on the night including Essex based former X-Factor finalists Two Shoes, R&B singer-songwriter Angel, and brand new boyband Forbidden Juice.
Andrew Aldis, general manager at the Spa Bridlington, said the whole event had been a family friendly, trouble free experience and one that had reinforced the Spa’s continued status as a major entertainments venue.
“It reinforces the fact that this venue has a real community angle to it. Brid Bash is something where families can come and see people from the TV which is something that doesn’t happen very often,” Mr Aldis said.
“This place has been playing gigs like this for 50 years and it just proves it’s continuity,” he added.
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