Jessie J review – Shrewsbury Quarry, Friday 6th July
By Suzi Wilkinson photography by Richard Hammerton
The voice of chart-topper Jessie J filled the muddy grounds of Shrewsbury Quarry as the Price-Tag singer took to the stage with a crowd-pleasing performance on July 6.
Following a day of heavy rain the clouds broke for what was a surprisingly dry evening as the support acts 17-year-old A*M*E , who is signed to Gary Barlow’s Future Records, and Jay James Picton took to the stage to warm up the crowds before Jessie J.
Entertaining a crowd of more than 11,000 people – the largest concert ever to be held in the Quarry – the 24-year-old belted out her best hits dressed in a relatively tame outfit of tribal print and a sheer black top that showed off her perfectly-toned stomach.
Despite suffering from a stomach-bug, there’s no doubt J-J-Jessie commanded attention from all corners of the 23-acre Quarry with her suggestive performance of her debut single, Do it Like a Dude, before slowing things down and showcasing her breathtaking vocal range with an emotional rendition of Usher’s track, Climax.
Then the pace picked up again with a cover version of Luthor Vandross’ Never too Much which merged seamlessly into the catchy album track, Abracadabra.
The double-platinum selling artist then delighted the audience as she belted out her album title track Who You Are to rapturous applause and foot stomps of appreciation from fans.
An occasional rambling chain of thought and an impromptu invitation to six-year-old Bradley Bishop to join Jessie J onstage to perform one of her biggest hits, Price Tag, made for a personal performance which seemed to strike a chord with all ages.
The energetic set was rounded-off with two tracks eagerly anticipated by the crowds, Nobody’s Perfect and Laserlight, before the singer strutted off stage to the high notes of Domino which were equally as explosive as the spectacular fireworks display which closed the evening.