After the support group Young Kato left the stage (who entertained us with a fabulous set of synth, guitars and an energetic stage performance), Rixton finally boomed into the room. Jake, complete with a hat, checked shirt and a The 1975 t-shirt holding an acoustic guitar, was exactly where he belonged – on stage. Boasting a huge amount of enthusiasm with crowd banter, jokes and one heck of a singing voice, Jake looked at home performing in front of a crowd of girls (and the odd lad too!)
As well as playing a number of their own tracks such as ‘Beautiful Excuses’, ‘Hotel Ceiling’, ‘Wait On Me’, ‘Make Out’ and ‘Appreciated’, there was also a number of covers. Even so, the covers were made into their own. They jammed and did a medley of tracks which included Ed Sheeran’s ‘Sing’, Maroon 5’s ‘She Will Be Loved’ and ‘Bang Bang’ by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. I can’t really stand the original of that last track, but Rixton’s version was fantastically done.
Danny impressed the audience with his amazing and very talented piano solo as Jake, Charley and Lewi went offstage for a breather. If there is one thing anyone should take from the show, then that is how talented every single member of the band is. You can tell for a fact what passion they have for performing on stage, and how much effort they put into it (oh, and that Jake can do a good Ron Weasley impression and that Charley has never seen Harry Potter in his life!)
The night rounded off with what everyone had been waiting for – they performed their number 1 debut single, ‘Me and my Broken Heart’. Nottingham folk, if you missed these guys, then let’s hope they come back round again!