REVIEW: Jingle Bell Ball 2016 – Capital FM

Jingle Bell Ball

Partying With Years and Years, Shawn Mendes & More At Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball

You have to hand it to the team at Capital FM, as they certainly know how to throw the perfect Christmas party. Now in it’s 9th year the Jingle Bell Ball serves up the perfect slice of pop heaven. The 2 day event hosts the biggest music artist of the year with names including Shawn Mendes, The Vamps, Years and Years DNCE and Louisa Johnson.

Four hours of straight partying later, I took my sore feet back to the Jubilee line and compiled the below list of artists who “owned” the night.


DNCE fronted by the wildly entertainment and insanely hot Joe Jonas, they provided the perfect mix of rock-pop and funk and kicked the night off perfectly.

The group has the crowd on their feet as they worked through hits from their debut album DNCE. A world away for the youthful innocence of the Jonas Brothers.

Joe worked the stage with ease and proved that he can more than hold his own vocally – his falsetto on ‘Cake By The Ocean’ was pitch perfect.

Backed by some seriously talented musicians the most notable JinJoo Lee on guitar who provided some impressive solos.

Years & Years

Despite the band initially shyness as they took to the stage, Years & Years performed their hits ‘King’, ‘Eyes Shut’, ‘Desire’ and ‘Shine’.

Lead singer Olly Alexander displayed a charm and charisma that sets them apart from others. Visually, the band worked with dancers to re-create there most famous videos and looked to challenge themselves vocally on each track.

Jonas Blue

Jonas Blue was armed with the task of creating a club atmosphere in the O2. No pressure then!

Luckily, the infectious baselines and beats have produced some of the year’s biggest anthems.  The Essex-based DJ had the crowd on their feet in no time and  proved why he is one the UK’s most exciting dance acts.

From the summery/electro vibe created on ‘Perfect Strangers’.  To the slower-paced piano led ‘By Your Side’ featuring one of this year’s standout vocalists Raye. The biggest response of the night came when he performed his re-working of the Tracey Chapman hit ‘Fast Car’. It is safe to say that the UK dance scene is in good hands.

Louisa Johnson

It has been almost a year since Louisa became the youngest X Factor and it’s incredible to think she not even reached her 20’s. Starting with one of the biggest hits of the year ‘Tears’, Louisa showed us just how much she has grown as a vocalist and a performer.

We were treated to a stripped- back acoustic cover of Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ which showed us just how powerful her vocal range is.

Finishing her set, with the James Bond-esque ‘So Good’, showcasing a more grown-up sound and this gave fans a taster of what to expect next year.

Shawn Mendes

The loudest cheer of the night that mesmerised the audience. The multi-talented singer-songwriter took to the stage to perform a 4 song set.

Starting with the bitter-sweet love song ‘Treat You Better’. With just a solo spotlight and guitar, Shawn proved just how captivating his voice is. Moving onto the soulful ballad ‘Ruin’ the singer had the crowd in raptures. The finger lights provided by the venue, provided the perfect backdrop for his fans.

Taking the tempo up a notch ‘Treat you Better’ and ‘Stitches’ rounded the set off perfectly. Whilst Shawn may not have been headlining: he completely nailed his set and left us all wanting more.

Other acts performing on the night included. The Vamps, the boyband heart-throbs with an edgier side. Sigma, another stellar dance act. I challenge anyone to not be on their feet once they hear the opening chords of ‘Everything Changes’.

The ever- reliable Ellie Goulding also performed some of her biggest tunes. The audience were also treated to a surprise outdoor performance of the Frank Sinatra Classic ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ by the insanely talented Mr Nathan Sykes.

So there we have it another year in music perfectly summed up by the team at Capital. Whilst 2016 not have been a vintage year for politics and the England football team it is fair to say that musically it was pretty epic and it can only get better in 2017.

Enjoy the full playlist:

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Written by Victoria

5q6xgsi_Victoria is a PR guru with a very eclectic taste in music who enjoys everything from pop to grime! Over the years she has frequented many UK festivals.

Victoria also make a mean playlist for any occasion. Check out her 90s Spotify playlist she produced for Talk About Pop Music.

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