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MP! Reviews: Union J at Hammersmith Apollo – 5 Things


Hearing that one of our favourite boybands were in town, Maximum Pop! headed down to the Hammersmith Apollo for Union J’s London show of their ‘Magazines & TV Screens Tour’… and boy, they were good! Here’s 5 things you need to know in order to share all the juicy goss with your bezzies!

1The boys kicked off the show with ‘Union J’ album track ‘Where Are You Now’ before moving into the fan favourite ‘Beethoven’. The lovely Josh explained that they love their first album so much that they had to perform EVERY song on the album at the concert. This left us very pleased, we can’t pick our favourites either!

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The performance for album track ‘Head In The Clouds’ saw the boys get all technical and dance behind TV screens with their faces on, showing their heads up in the clouds. MP!, and the other 1000 Union J fans, were very impressed.

3Each of the UJ boys were left to show off their vocal skills by performing a solo track. George was up first, covering Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ and mashing it with Flo Rida’s ‘Wild Ones’, it was A-MA-ZING. Jaymi came next performing his idol Beyonce’s ‘Listen’ and (no offence, lads), it was one of the highlights of the show. After an emosh VT which ended in photos of his newly born son Princeton, JJ took to the stage to sing OneRepublic’s ‘Counting Stars’.And finally, out came Josh, covering Labrinth and Emeli Sande’s ‘Beaneath Your Beautiful’.

Union J paid tribute to one of our fave US stars Taylor Swift during their set by performing not one, not two, not three, not even four, but FIVE of her hits in a medley. The performance saw the boys taking on ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’, ’22’, ‘Love Story’, and ‘Everything Has Changed’, while an emosh montage of the boys’ time on X Factor played in the background. The boys also covered Demi Lovato’s (and now Sam Bailey’s) ‘Skyscraper’ during their set, explaining that if they’d have won The X Factor it actually would have been their winner’s single! Who’d have known?

5The boys obviously performed all three of the singles from their debut album to the roaring Hammersmith crowd. ‘Carry You’ was the first hit to be performed, being the fifth song they sang. ‘Beautiful Life’ followed towards the end of the set, before the boys tricked their fans into thinking it was the end of the show and performing their latest release, the Jason Derulo-penned ‘Loving You Is Easy’, as the encore song before wishing everybody a Merry Christmas and disappearing backstage.

The boys put on an amazing show and left us wanting more as soon as it was over (we were very tempted to stay in our seats until the evening performance but thought it’d just be best if we left), and Maximum Pop! are very much looking forward to seeing more of the boys in 2014.

Watch the boys perform their début single ‘Carry You’ below:

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