Roots Manuva My Christmas Day Facebook status read "Christmas Present list: A heavily embroidered Maharishi hoodie, lots of cash, 2 bottles of rum, the Nile Rogers autobiography, aftershave I would actually wear and tickets to Roots Manuva”. I certainly did well on the last one, as tonight's show was immense! Over the years I have seen Roots Manuva live many times, and with several different line ups, but tonight ranked up there with one of his finest performances ever. Tonight Rodney Smith was on point, highly refined and most definitely splendid.


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Taylor Swift As the lights dimmed we were deafened by high pitched screams and almost blinded by the multitude of neon lights being brandished by the tweens (slight exaggeration) Taylor Swift built the crowd up into a frenzy with Willows's 'Whip My Hair' in the same manner in which a boxer makes his way into the ring. The only difference here was 15,000 feet stamping up and down quickly in unison in growing excitement. Oh, and Taylor Swift is not a boxer!


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Lissie Lissie. Ahhhhh lovely Lissie, or as she's more formally known Elisabeth Maurus. You can't help but like the girl from Illinois, with her flowing blonde hair and inviting smile, It helps that she's got an array of absolute belting tunes too! "Happy Halloween" Lissie greeted the eclectic crowd who ranged from Radio 2 oldies, through to lip pierced Kerrangies as she opened with 'Here Before' - a melodic slow burner which from her 2009 EP 'Why are you Runnin?". Smashing.


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Amy Macdonald Having made it big as a teenager after sending her demo tape in to NME, the fiery Scot immediately drew comparisons with her compatriot KT Tunstall. Opening with 'Earlier' from her first album 'This is Life' the Guitar wielding, powerful pop vocalist wearing a dress similar to that worn by Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz which complimented her dazzling blue eyes instantly impressed with a voice that belied her tender years.


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JAY-Z Is Jay-Z the best rapper ever? This was the topic of conversation between my friends and I on the way to the LG Arena Wednesday night. You see people always mention names like Eminem, Tupac and Biggie but people seem to sleep on the man born Shawn Corey Carter. Jay-Z is critically acclaimed within the whole of the rap industry, with 10 Grammy awards (and many more nominations) to his name whilst selling around 40 million albums worldwide. His latest album and 11th studio release “Blueprint 3” went straight to number one on the Billboard 200 last year (like each album before it), which was a record for a solo act in the history of the album charts, surpassing the late, great Elvis Presley who had 10. With the album sales, awards and even historical records piling up, surely Jay deserves to be mentioned as one of the greatest solo artists of our generation, never mind just the rap game?


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