Saturday night Brit Award Nominated pop hit stunner Jess Glynne came to Wincanton Race Course to play a set of her chart topping hits such as Rather Be, Hold My Hand and Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself, and it was brilliant.
Gates were open from 3pm with food and drink stalls ready to make a killing. BBC Radio 2 legend Sara Cox kicked things off with some classic bangers in her 80’s DJ set at 5:30pm and the weather was on board ensuring a perfect start to the evening.
There was an easy family vibe, with Cox even stating that her kids were ‘Over there somewhere doing cartwheels’. She didn’t let a little technical difficulty get in her way when technology failed her for a few minutes, cutting the music off; she laughed it off and carried on dropping great tune after great tune.
Next up was the edgy, perm-topped pop act Mullally, who shows great promise as a new artist. He demonstrated strong vocals, a good stage presence and his song She Don’t Know Me is sure to be on radio stations across the country very soon.
The final act before the main draw, was the cheeky chappy from London, Kiko Bun, who adds his own twist on the reggae genre with songs like Shy Man that instantly put a smile on your face and were a big crowd pleaser.
The crowd congregated to the front of the stage in anticipation. As the clock struck 9pm her backing singers and band walked onto the stage, lights and visuals were ready and Jess walked onto the stage in a dazzling sequined duster coat. Addressing the crowd she said ‘I haven’t been here before, but I’m excited!’ which everyone had a little chuckle to before she launched into her set.
Her stage presence isn’t the most dominating, but she holds a quiet confidence and a quirky coolness that makes you feel as if you might meet her in a hipster bar in Shoreditch and have a hilarious night. The visuals, projected on three screens behind her, were a dynamic addition to her music and beautifully executed.
The highlight of Jess Glynne’s set was the huge bouncy glitter balls that were released over the crowd during her performance of Hold My Hand, arguably the pop star’s best-known track, which certainly got the crowd pumped. Throughout her set Jess showcased her effortlessly strong vocals and her love for her fans. She is one of those artists that sound exactly the same live as they do on their albums, which is a testament to her talent.
Wrapping up the evening there was fireworks display behind the stage; the perfect ending to a wonderful day. This was an event that all ages were welcomed to and catered for. It had a mini-festival feel with its mix of acts and food stalls and was well received by the crowd at Wincanton.
It left me hoping that more artists will choose to follow suit and come to this venue in the future.
**** (4/5 stars)