Anne-Marie: BRITs Week 2019 | Omeara
War Child partnered up with o2 Music and the iconic BRIT Awards yet again this 2019. The charity hosts a series of gigs with BRIT nominated artists in London’s most vital independent venues, raising awareness for their cause saving children in war-torn countries. The series includes concerts from this year’s winners The 1975 at The Garage, Tom Walker in YES Manchester, and more – as well as the popular 300 capacity Omeara venue hosting pop princess Anne Marie.
Following a stellar double-wammy of The 1975 and Jake Bugg last night, Tom Walker in YES Manchester, and more, tonight’s War Child event saw Anne-Marie playing a full set at London’s 300 capacity Omeara. The singer is nominated for 4 awards tomorrow, yet still climbed the stage with charming humbleness and excitement, and a genuine passion for the charity, reminding everyone that we just don’t know what they have been through.
The singer is nominated for 4 awards at this year’s award shows, which is one of the most a female artist has seen in one night. The performance was the day before the awards, yet she still climbed the stage with charming humbleness and excitement, and a genuine passion for the charity, reminding everyone that we just don’t know what they have been through.
Anne-Marie ensured this to be a homely night, in line with War Child’s emphasis on community and compassion, as she constantly communicated with her biggest fans occupying the front half of the venue. She constantly gave hugs to fans throughout the night, read out posters they made, and even asked one fan to sing with her for Sean Paul’s part in her hit ‘Rockabye Baby,’ making dreams come true!
The set list was comprised of her most notable hits ‘2002’, ‘Friends’, and ‘Can I Get Your Number.’ Performing with her main band behind her, to fit on such a small stage was definitely a rare opportunity, as Anne-Marie is already selling tours in the likes of O2 Brixton Academy at the end of 2018. She recalled her first performance at Omeara two years prior, when she was a brand new artist, where she did her first ever performance of ‘Heavy.’ What made this moment even more surreal for the singer was that members of the audience started chanting and cheering that they were there at her performance, and the loyalty of her fan-base couldn’t be more evident. All of the audience will surely be seeing her at the BRITs tomorrow in a whole new dimension.
With this Omeara show being her first show of 2019, she was determined to ring in the year with a whole new positivity and energy, constantly saying how excited she felt for the year ahead. She also took time aside to talk about the War Child charity itself, reminding her fans the real reason for the gig, and drawing attention to the fact that we don’t truly understand what the children in war-torn countries are going through. It let the audience see Anne-Marie in a new light, realising how connected she is to the world around her even with her rising stardom, which is always an encouraging trait in an idol.
As well as Anne-Marie’s dedication to the charity, War Child itself had a huge presence at the gig, taking time on the stage themselves as the CEO of the charity made a special appearance to explain to the audience what the charity is about. To make it even more real, they brought out on stage one of the children whom they saved through the charity – now a grown woman working a full career in London and a happy, healthy lifestyle, it was eye-opening to hear her story and see in real life the vast effect the charity has on children’s lives.
Though BRITs Week is almost over with the Award Show tomorrow, Tom Odell is yet to perform one last show this Thursday. Follow this link here to bid for the final remaining tickets, where all proceeds go to War Child! And you can continue to donate even after the BRITs at: https://www.warchild.org.uk.
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