LIVE: Conor Maynard @ BRITs Party, Brooklyn Bowl
London's Brooklyn Bowl Stages Pre-Brits with Conor Maynard
London’s Brooklyn Bowl was the hub of pop perfection last night as The BRITs hosted a pre-party in association with Transmitter TV for YouTube with Conor Maynard.
Hidden away in London’s The O2, a crowd of girls patiently stood under a giant disco ball in the glitzy venue as their entertainment for the night came in the form of three young heart throbs. With Conor Maynard taking the headline slot, the atmosphere amongst the adoring audience was excitable to say the least. And as the star of the night was interviewed whilst bowling just metres away from his ‘Mayniacs’ on the dance floor, two rising artists had their chance to claim the fans attention.
After a short introduction from 4Music’s Will Best who warmed up vocal chords in preparation for a lot of screaming that was to come by giving out free BRITs merchandise, George Barnett soon burst onto the stage. The singer/songwriter from Ludlow, endlessly jumped around as he sang “This is what I’ve been waiting for” from song B*Witched, recorded in 2012. This was a moment the newcomer appeared to have been waiting his whole life for. So much so, the multi-instrumentalist packed a diverse set with a variety of sounds, performing favourites off his 2 EP’s, one of which even included a cow-bell.
Following George was Oxfordshire born Lewis Watson. Evoking a laid back performance with acoustic songs about love including latest single ‘Even If’, it was evident by the decibel of cheers that this man already had cemented a place in the young crowds’ hearts. Having already gained a celebrity following from the likes of Ed Sheeran and Fearne Cotton, and over 70,000 followers on Twitter, catching up with the young star I asked him about having another showcasing platform, “I was asked by The BRITs to perform tonight and I jumped at the chance! And I love this venue, it’s so different”.
Finally, the moment Conor Maynard took to the stage, he was met with a cacophony of screams as he opened with his Wiley collaboration hit ‘Animal’. Conor went on to produce a crowd pleasing half an hour set, including his debut 'Can’t Say No’, ‘Turn Around’ and ‘Vegas Girl’, as well as a cover of man of the moment Pharrell’s huge hit, ‘Happy’. There was also a chance for the fans to capture that all important photo, as Conor sat down to a sea of phones for an unplugged mash up of Clean Bandit’s number one ‘Rather Be’ and Craig David’s ‘Fill Me In’; his seemingly effortless vocal range in full serenading flow.
The cheeky 21 year-old also bantered with himself on stage after a few technical difficulties that weren’t noticeable until he mentioned “I can finally hear myself now… I can hear my talent!” promptly followed by a giggle, and it seemed every little bit of crowd interaction was warmly welcomed by idolising fan-girls. Finishing with most recent hit ‘R U Crazy’, “marry us, Conor” signs filled the air, all very reminiscent of pop mania from the past. Conor’s young personality and good looks combined with the ability to put on a charming show proved he is Britain’s perfect pop-prince and a fantastic forerunner for BRITs week.