Review: This Must Be Pop Live featuring The Mend, Jin Jin & the Ragdolls and Chasing Grace

Last night’s This Must Be Pop Live had perhaps the most eclectic line-up yet, with pop/rap, electro-urban and acoustic music all going down well with the enthusiastic crowd.

First up on stage were Chasing Grace, who performed a mixture of original tracks and some of the popular covers from their YouTube channel, including their gorgeous version of Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia. The audience were blown away by singers Grace and Phil’s powerful, distinctive vocals, but also got a bit of dancing in during their cover of Rihanna and Drake’s Take Care. Look out for their original EP, produced by Naughty Boy, coming soon.

The next act to perform were Jin Jin & the Ragdolls, with a line-up featuring lead singer Jin Jin, her two Ragdolls (dancers) and DJ/producer Bless Beats. Their set was high energy and definitely woke up the crowd on a Tuesday night. Each of their tracks sounded like it could be on the radio right now, a cool mix of urban, electro and pop with super-catchy melodies and big beats. The girls also looked the part with black street-style outfits including the obligatory splash of glitter.

Finally, The Mend took the stage to a barrage of screams and cheers from their excited fans. They began with a couple of favourites from their time on Britain’s Got Talent, including a fun 80s-meets-00s mash-up of (I Just) Died In Your Arms and Written In The Stars. They went on to perform some new tracks, including a brilliant dance-pop anthem called Lie To Me, and culminating in the explicit version of the single Where Were You. The Mend have fantastic voices and some good pop tunes, I hope big things are to come for them.

Following the performances, DJ Jon took to the decks and played a mix of current hits and old pop faves. The lads from The Mend stuck around to meet and chat with fans after the show, though unfortunately I didn’t spot any of them dancing to 5ive or 911.

Thanks to all the performers for putting on a great show and being part of another fun-filled This Must Be Pop Live. Click here to check out loads more photos courtesy of Jon Barker, and look out for videos of the performances and interviews with all the acts coming soon!

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