JLS – Goodbye: The Greatest Hits tour, Brighton Centre, December 16
JLS, which stands for Jack the Lad Swing, comprises JB Gill, Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold and Oritsé Williams.
The four lads shot to fame in 2008 when they were runners up of The X Factor. Now with a string of hits and albums behind them they have decided to call it a day, but not before giving the fans a reminder of their hits and talents.
For the first time the group had a live band and the lads burst onto the stage for their first hit of the evening Hottest Girl in the World. Other popular tracks including The Club is Alive, Beat Again, One Shot and their newest hit Billion Lights followed along with other hits and tracks from their earlier albums.
There were a few breaks in the music but the crowd did not miss the lads because there were screens with them talking about how the band formed.
There were a lot of tracks on the playlist for the evening but one section was a trip down memory lane where short snippets of the lads’ favourite hits from various albums were performed.
JLS versions of Rhianna’s Umbrella and Bruno Mars’ Treasure, where Oritsé played the electric guitar, were also performed for the crowd. During a song from their second album, I Know What She Like, there were four young ladies taken onto the stage and sat on chairs. The lucky ladies were then sung to by each of the lads.
There were streamers flying through the air during the end of Makes Me Wanna, which was the last hit before the excitement of waiting for the encore.
Before the lads came back onto the stage the screens came back on. The story on the screens was about why JLS had decided to quit. After the cheer was a very eerie silence and everyone listened.
The first encore song was a JLS version of Boyz II Men hit End of the Road with the X Factor story and the lads’ career on the screens behind. Before the final song, Everybody In Love, Marvin thanked everyone behind the scenes and the fans for all their support and at the end confetti was floating through the air of the Brighton Centre.
Although there were tears from some fans, the evening was not a sad affair but a celebration of the talent, achievements, music and the years the lads have been together.