Rita Ora wows crowd at Free Radio Hits Live, Resorts World Arena - review and pictures

By Megan Archer | Music | Published: | Last Updated:

Thousands of pop fans headed to Resorts World Arena to watch some of the UK’s biggest music stars performing at Free Radio Hits Live.

**Moving Footage with relevant desk** Pic by SnapperSK - .**Number plates may need pixelating/Moving Footage with relevant desk** Pic by SnapperSK - (Pictured: Free radio hits live 2019 at Resorts World Arena Birmingham , Saturday 16th November 2019. Nine acts took to the stage. Rita Ora, Lewis Capaldi, Raye, Becky Hill , Sigala, Jax Jones with guest Ella Henderson, The Script, John Newman ,Craig David and presented by Fleur East who performed one of her latest hits. .”ENDS.

Hosted by Free Radio’s weekend breakfast show presenters Fleur East and Greg Burns, the sold-out event last night featured a crowd of 15,000 music fans all going crazy for some of their favourite artists.

Fleur East who performed one of her latest hits. Picture: @SnapperSK
Rita Ora performed at the show in Birmingham. Picture: @SnapperSK
Rita Ora performed at the show in Birmingham. Picture: @SnapperSK

Starring The Script, Lewis Capaldi, Rita Ora and a host of other stars, the annual event was a huge hit in Birmingham.

On Saturday night Lewis Capaldi was his usual hilarious and charming self as he bantered with the crowd while he played songs from his chart-topping debut album.

Lewis Capaldi. Picture: @SnapperSK

Rita Ora entertained the packed arena in a colourful abstract print pyjama suit, complete with matching visor and red slouch knee-high boots, while Craig David had everyone up on their feet as he played some of his biggest hits and throwbacks.


Closing the night were The Script, who delivered a show-stopping performance, with the huge audience all singing along to their best-known songs.

Completing the huge line-up were the amazing Sigala, Jax Jones, John Newman, Becky Hill and Raye.

Bewdley's Becky Hill on stage. Picture: @SnapperSK
DJ and producer Sigala. Picture: @SnapperSK


Presenter Fleur East also wowed the crowd performing her hit Sax, as well as debuting her brand new single Size.

She said: “Birmingham you’re an amazing crowd. Thank you so much.”

Some super-fans had even camped outside the arena the night before, to make sure they secured a spot right at the front of the stage.

Ella Henderson was among the acts. Picture: @SnapperSK

Presenter Jordan Lee was on hand to catch-up with some of the artists backstage at the Hits Live artist bar.

He spoke to singer Rita Ora, who gushed about her friendship with former One Direction singer and Wolverhampton-born Liam Payne who recently came to the launch of her new clothing range.

John Newman. Picture: @SnapperSK
The Script. Picture: @SnapperSK

She said: “Oh I love Liam, yeah, he came and supported me. Yeah, we've got such a great friendship, I love him so much.”

He also chatted to Craig David, and asked him about what he still enjoyed after being in the music industry for more than 20 years.

Craig David on stage. Picture: @SnapperSK

He said: That I go on stage and I just feel that buzz all the time. When I’m in the studio I’m excited because I’ve created something that someone has never heard before and you are the only one in the whole world who has this, and you get excited before you release it.”

Free Radio Hits Live will be returning to Birmingham next year on November 21.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

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