Capital FM Summertime Ball

Pop biggest party kicks off the summer festival season in style!

Now in its tenth year, the Summertime Ball hosts the biggest acts from the worlds of pop, dance and for the first time grime! With tickets selling out in less than 90 minutes, and 23 of the globe’s biggest acts descending on Wembley, the day promised to serve up many notably performances and below is a list of my personal highlights.

Bruno Mars

It’s no easy feat entertaining thousands of people and Mars seems to command the stage so effortless you almost wish you could be as charming as him.

His 90’s R’n’B/ new jack swing sound was the perfect soundtrack to a summer’s afternoon. Kicking off with 24K magic he treated fans to a mix of current and old tracks. Ending with the infectious Uptown Funk, complete a with a full horn section. It was the perfect way to get the crowd warmed up.


Added the one of the UK’S biggest grime acts to the billing was a brave move by Capital. A risk? Indeed it was but one that paid off and the chance to firmly cement the genre current hold on the charts.

Having recently toured the U.K., Europe and the US with his album GSAP.  The MC was still humbled by the response of 80’000 fans singing along to Shape of You and Big for your Boots. Perhaps one of Stormzy’s boldest moves was to include Standard in his set. The energetic anthem, featuring traditional grime baselines. The track gave those not familiar with the genre, a chance to hear how it all begun and turned the whole stadium into one massive rave.

Shawn Mendes

The Canadian singer-songwriter once again showed why he consistently sells out arenas and stadiums across the globe. Switching between the piano and guitar, Mendes worked through his hits with a raw and emotive passion that seemed to make him wise beyond his years. Whatever your age, it’s hard to deny that the singer nice guy personality has the ability to bring a crowd and bring a stadium to its feet by covering Ed Sherran’s castle on the Hill.


DJ Acts have often fared well at the Summertime Ball and Zedd was no exception. As the man responsible for some of the biggest dance tunes of the year: Stay and Starving: which saw surprise act Hailee Steinfeld bought to the stage. It was hard to resist his electro beats backed up by powerhouse vocals. The DJ also included Break Free his track with Ariana Grande, which received the loudest response.

Dua Lipa

One of the most talented break-through acts of this year. Dua Lipa alternative pop mixes draws on influences from RNB and electro. Mixing the upbeat Blow your mind (Mwah) a track the singer wrote to “bring some fun “to her debut album, was the perfect stadium track. Fans were also treated to the singer’s soulful pop vocals on tracks Scared to be Lonely and the sultry love song Hotter Then Hell. Sadly for me she did not perform New Rules, but the set proved why she is one of the UK’S most exciting pop stars.

Little Mix

The biggest girl-band in the world returned for the ninth STB performance and showed exactly why they were the headline act.

The set had the high-energy performances we come to know and love from the 4 piece and did not disappoint. Latest album Glory Days showcases a more mature sound moving away from their traditional pop roots and referencing RNB, tropical house and grime.

For the first time we were treated to performances of Power, a modern- day girl power anthem and No More Sad Songs. Following their emotional performance at One Love Manchester, debut single Wings also featured.

However the sets main highlights came when the group opened with the RNB laced track Touch (arguably their best single) and closed with the infectious pop fueled Black Magic.

Little Mix proved that they are indeed in the middle of the Glory Days.

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Were you there? What did you think?

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Written by Victoria


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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