REVIEW: Metro Radio Christmas Live, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Olly Murs
Olly Murs

There was a time when I would have given my right arm to be in the same room as all the big name acts of the moment.

But it seems that time has passed me by.

Sitting alongside my best friend at Metro Radio Christmas Live last night, all I felt was old.

Sadly, at the ripe old age of 27, I’m no longer what the kids consider ‘cool’.

As one act after another took to the stage, my friend and I seemed to find more entertainment value in the people waving their arms out of time, posing for countless selfies, and dancing like no one was watching.

The big draw for me was Jarrow lass Abi Garrido, who secured her spot on the line-up alongside Olly Murs, Ben Haenow and Lunchmoney Lewis, after coming out on top in Metro Radio’s Big Audition.

Abi Garrido

Abi Garrido

Winning the contest meant the 18-year-old got to fulfil her dream of singing on an arena stage, and she really grabbed her moment.

Belting out Adele’s Hello, she quickly won the crowd over and had them clapping along to James Bay’s Hold Back The River.

Abi’s big voice filled the arena and left no doubt that this girl has a big future in the music industry.

But I couldn’t help but feel she was a little robbed by only being given two songs.

Big Audition runner-up Channy Thompson, who was later offered a spot on the line-up, was up before Abi and performed three songs, including Jess Glynne’s Hold My Hand and an unusual version of Tina Turner’s Simply The Best.

We stared at a blank stage for 30 minutes before Olly came out to entertain the crowds, so I couldn’t help but think that Abi could have done at least one more song. It seemed only fair.

Olly got the crowd suitably riled up with performances of tracks like Troublemaker and Wrapped Up.

His admission of having never kissed a Geordie girl, before singing new single Kiss Me, had girls screaming, eager to be his first.

The night, hosted by Metro Radio duo Steve and Karen, also saw X Factor finalists Reggie ‘n’ Bollie take to the stage.

The crowd seemed to eat it up, but their out-of-tune warblings of One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful and an odd mash-up of I Gotta Feeling and I Like To Move It, weren’t my cup of tea at all.

The fact that an act like that is in the final of the X Factor is one of the many reasons I no longer watch the show.

Like I say, I may just be old and uncool now, because the hordes of teenage girls at last night’s concert seemed to be in their element.