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Rita Ora, Arena Birmingham - review and pictures

By Jordan Reynolds | Birmingham | Birmingham entertainment | Published: | Last Updated:

With her sparkling costumes, live band and not to mention that voice, Rita Ora had most of Arena Birmingham up on their feet dancing.

Rita Ora brought her tour to Arena Birmingham on Saturday night. Picture: Martin Dunning

Birmingham was partying with the city’s Pride celebrations in the day and the dancing continued into the night for some as the star performed her biggest hits.

Rita Ora brought her tour to Arena Birmingham on Saturday night. Picture: Martin Dunning

Rita Ora performed at Arena Birmingham last night as part of her Phoenix World Tour.

She’s got the kind of voice that sounds just as good as in her recordings - if better - and probably could have just sung the whole set accapella and it would still have given everyone goosebumps.

Rita Ora. Picture: Martin Dunning

Rita performed hits from the beginning of her career such as RIP, onto newer ones such as Girls and others in the middle like Your Song.

Most of her songs had the audience jumping in the air and singing as they left the show, probably to go onto a club and continue the night.

Rita Ora brought her tour to Arena Birmingham on Saturday night. Picture: Martin Dunning

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Rita Ora brought her tour to Arena Birmingham on Saturday night. Picture: Martin Dunning

But some were stripped back which she described as “vulnerable” and gave her a real chance to show what she could do.

She seemed like she enjoyed the concert as much as everyone else in the room as she danced away, the kind of moves you thing you can pull off after a few too many drinks, but definitely can’t.

Rita Ora brought her tour to Arena Birmingham on Saturday night. Picture: Martin Dunning

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Birmingham cropped up a few times too - she said this was the biggest performance she’d ever done in the city, made a comment about the accent when people were chanting her name, and debuted a new outfit for the night, a sparkling multi coloured piece.

Rita also said she’s had many great nights out in Birmingham, but can't remember too many details.

Support act Moss Kena. Picture: Martin Dunning

The only drawback was that there was a wait of almost an hour in between the warm-up act Moss Kena and Rita coming on stage, but the everyone in the audience kept entertained with a Mexican wave.

And all was definitely forgotten when she started singing.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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