This summer has been a bit of a double-edged sword for Jess Glynne.

The British singer/songwriter has had a busy festival season along with a stadium support tour with The Spice Girls. However, upon advice from her vocal surgeon, the chart-topping superstar has had to put some of her UK dates on hold including a concert in Carlisle at the weekend.

Whilst the show in Cumbria has been rescheduled for 14th September, Friday’s date on Teesside was given the green light.

Generations of fans both young and old descended upon Darlington Arena to witness one of Glynne’s largest headline shows in the region to date. And you couldn’t ask for a better evening for it, with the sun beaming down on Mowden Park. Based upon the flooding experienced elsewhere around the country, it could have been a different story altogether.

Chants of ‘We want Jess’ resonated loudly around the stadium as the star of the show took to the stage. Bedecked in an orange jumpsuit Glynne kicked off the show with smash hit Hold My Hand during an explosive pyro-fuelled opening.

Jess was joined on stage by her huge band and a talented troupe of backing vocalists who each, in turn, helped to bring Glynne’s incredible compositions to life. This included a gospel-tinged airing of 123, the anthemic Ain’t Got Far To Go and the soulful Hate/Love. There is a real timeless quality to the latter which you don’t tend to find so much in contemporary music these days. Each of these tracks sounds great on record but truly come into their own when performed live.

Being a sports stadium, the crowd were so loud that it started to feel more like a matchday as the fans sang wholeheartedly at the tops of their voices to favourites such as Thursday and Take Me Home. Much like Glynne herself, the Teesside crowd were in fine voice almost acting like an army of backing vocalists.

Similarly, euphoric up-tempo numbers such as So Real (Warriors) got the crowd moving down on the pitch. Jess Glynne delivered a show that Teesside will remember for many years to come.

Special guest Nina Nesbitt continued an incredible summer that has seen the Scottish singer/songwriter perform alongside the likes of Kylie Minogue as she delivered a range of tracks from her recent sophomore album The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change.

Whilst the mesmerizing three-part vocal harmonies laid down by Aussie trio Germein was the perfect soundtrack as the sun bellowed down on Mowden Park. The three sisters made their Darlington debut on Friday night but certainly made an impact in the short time allotted to them. Expect to hear much more from this talented musical family band.

Event Date: 02-Aug-2019

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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