Thousands watch Pixie Lott jubilee concert in Bristol despite the rain
Cribbs Causeway has never looked so patriotic with bunting in red, white and blue hanging across the car park as the crowds streamed in for the shopping centre’s free jubilee concert.
From as early as 4pm people began to queue to bag a front row spot to catch a glimpse of the three acts; Young Kato, a local favourite from Cheltenham; Mischa B, an X Factor contestant; and headlining act Pixie Lott.
Stand-up Comedian Joel Dommett presented the celebrations entertaining the patient crowd who were slowly getting increasingly wet from the light rain which soon became a downpour.
He also introduced representatives of the A Life for a Cure charity who are raising money to fund research for a vaccine to fight Meningitis.
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The charity was set up in memory of Bristol teenager Ryan Bresnahan – and audience members were asked to donate at least £1 to the cause in lieu of paying for a ticket for the concert.
Talented young sports star Ryan died two years ago – only an hour after complaining of an upset stomach at his home in Leigh Woods. It was one of the fastest cases of meningitis ever recorded, shattering the lives of the 16-year-old’s family and leaving his friends at Clifton College stunned.
In the two years since his death, Ryan’s family set up Ryan’s appeal fund a Life for a Cure in a bid to raise funds to support research projects that have the best possible chance of advancing the development of the ultimate vaccine.
Young Kato was first to hit the stage with their half hour set filled with energy and precision. Each note was held perfectly and the effort of their performance was flawless.
Watch a video of Young Kato here:
No time was wasted and Mischa B swiftly appeared to the stage straight into her rendition of Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’. Unlike Adele’s version, Mischa B kept up the pace with a lively dance beat.
Watch a video of Mischa B here:
Dan Boyce, 21, from Bradley Stoke was impressed by Mischa B’s performance saying: “I loved Mischa in the X Factor and she sounded amazing.”
The wait between Mischa B and Pixie Lott made the crowd impatient and they began chanting ‘we want Pixie’ while comedian Joel desperately tried to entertain the crowd.
This was short lived and Pixie came on to begin her set.
Watch videos of Pixie's performance here:
Many people had come especially to see the headlining act Pixie Lott. Grace Melvin, 7, Elika Jafari, 6, and Tess Morris, 7, from Wesbury-on-Trym said: “We’re excited to see Pixie Lott, we like Mischa B but Pixie Lott is our favourite.”
Pixie Lott experienced microphone problems at the beginning of her set, but carried on until the sound was restored. The crowd welcomed her onto stage but eventually the rain became too much for some people and by the end, a quarter of the crowd had already left.
The Diamond Jubilee Concert ran without much of a hitch and as well as everyone enjoying themselves despite the rain, it was a great opportunity to donate money for a worthy cause.