Finale at Fusion Festival, Birmingham

Fusion Festival day three gave the crowds live performances from the likes of Union J, Jess Glynne and the Vamps.

Finale at Fusion Festival, Birmingham

McBusted perform on the final day at Fusion Festival in Birmingham.

McBusted headlined the final day, entertaining crowds with a 75 minute set.

The crowds didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits, as around 35,000 people enjoyed the last day of the festival.

Over the three days, 86 artists took to the stage in Birmingham’s Cofton Park, travelling over 9.600 miles between them to get to Birmingham.

It takes a staggering 70 hours to build the stage, which uses 26 miles of cables.

It’s not just outfits and microphones needed, as 300 tonnes of cargo pulled into the park for the weekend.

Backstage, there was two custom built VIP areas with 12 luxurious dressing rooms. Artists could relax with a cocktail bar, BBQ and games area.

Sponsored by Vimto, there was a whopping 50,000 bottles at the venue for A-listers and the crowds.

The festival helped to raise money for the Prince’s Trust, with £5 from each ticket sale donated to the charity. 

McBusted, with Katy Rose Meaney

Headliner’s McBusted took to the stage to close the three day festival and their grand finale certainly didn’t disappoint.

Rounding up three days of acts, the band was full of energy and the crowd were happy to compete.

The band, made up of members from Busted and McFly, performed for 75 minutes, playing a string of hits, taking dedicated fans back over a decade.

Bursting on to the stage, they told the crowd it was ‘lovely to be back’  calling their fans a ‘good looking bunch.'

They opened with 'Air Guitar' before performing their classic hits including ‘Crash and Burn’, ‘Obviously,' ‘What I Go to School For’ and ‘Crashed the Wedding.'

After taking it back with ‘It’s All About You,' Tom told the crowd: “The album this song is from is 10 years old now, if you supported us then and you are here now, thank you, thank you so much.”

The banter between the lads on stage, between songs was infectious, with typical boy jokes about fashion and each other’s mums.

The lads teasing Dougie about his ‘girlfriends’ rather feminine black lack opened top.

He responded by telling fans they could have a sneaky look at his favourite nipple, before asking the crowd if they were ready for 'a sexy time.'

The whole show was full of laughter, jokes and smash hits, proving that the lads still have what it takes to top the bill and close the show.

The Vamps, with Katy Rose Meaney

British boy band the Vamps have come into their own spotlight, since supporting McFly on their Memory Lane tour in 2013.

Since then they have also toured the UK supporting the Wanted, JLS, Little Mix and Lawson. At Fusion, they performed covers of 'Uptown Funk' and 'Shake It Out.'

Their cover version of 'Cecilia' was a great hit with the crowd which was filled with little girls, teenagers and fans old enough to know better.

The crowd of all ages were happy to oblige when the boys asked the crowd to scream.

The lads went on to tell the crowd: “It’s our third year here and Fusion is great, every single time.”

Having been gigging in America, they said: “It's fantastic to be home, we are so happy to be performing for you here.”

The boys sang Teenager, Girls on TV and Risk It All, as cheering fans waved their phone lights in the air.

Jess Glynne, with Craig Birch.

This flame-haired temptress is fast becoming the sound of today as the featured artist on many a tune and so it proved here.

By that rationale, it’s difficult to pull off that collaboration when you’re out on your own, operating as the ying to the yang, but that’s just the way it goes.

To paraphrase Blur, we were only into song two before she launched into ‘Real Love,’ the second-most famous number done with old muckers Clean Bandit. And so it continued.

That band took to the stage on the Saturday night and had long gone home before them. But Jess still pulled off ‘Rather Be,’ up there with the most memorable tunes of the past two years.

Her star turn on Route 94’s ‘My Love’ is another fondly remembered collusion and led up to her song of the moment, the catchy ‘Right Here.’

The green foam fingers came out for that one and led us in what was to become a boybandtastic evening, but she really has a voice of her own.

Adam Lambert, with Craig Birch

The star rub has really done this guy untold favours. Indeed, there’s not many better compliments than being the choice to replace Freddie Mercury as the front man for Queen.

But he also has to have the talent to pull off such a comparison and this vocal powerhouse from the United States delivers in bundles.

He’s not really caught on over here as much but people, at least, know who he is. He finished with ‘Ghost Town,’ his biggest hit so far. Scantily clad men took to the stage for that one.

Conor Maynard, with Katy Rose Meaney

Conor Maynard took to the stage for a 20 minute performance at 5pm.

The rain held off while the 22 year-old got the crowd in a party mood ahead of the evening acts.

The pop singer found fame with his debut single "Can't Say No" which hit the second spot of the UK singles chart, staying there for two weeks

He gained further popularity by uploading covers on You Tube which is where he was spotted by Ne-Yo, who then became his mentor.

Earlier this year, he released 'Talking About' in March and 'Royalty' in April.

While on stage, the cheeky chap teased his fans by telling them  "I really want to get naked now,” before telling the crowd they looked "very sexy."

He sang his hits ‘Turn Around’ which got the crowd jumping, before he finished his set with his track 'RU Crazy.'

Union J, with Katy Rose Meaney

Union J rose to fame during X Factor 2012, in which the boyband came fourth.

Members Josh Cuthbert, JJ Hamblett, Jaymi Hensley and George Shelley released their debut single carry you in June 2013 and their self-titled album in October 2013

The sun came back out as the boys asked the screaming girls in the crowd to take off one piece of clothing and wave it about as they performed ‘ All About A Girl.’

The boys performed their debut single,  X Factor’s ‘Sky Scrapper’ and performed a cover of 'Everybody In Love' by JLS.

For the mums in the audience, they sang  George Michael’s ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me.’

The boys finished their set with ‘You’ve Got It All’ and I caught up with them backstage where they told me: “We can never explain the happiness we feel when we are on stage.”

Asked what was next they said: “We are working on our third album and are busy writing some new stuff.”

Gorgon City, with Craig Birch.

A sterling DJ set came from this emerging garage duo right towards the start of the afternoon and kicked most of the spectators out of their Sunday stupor.

Vocalists Josh Barry and Lulu Payne added to their spectre, with a bass thumping set that whipped the crowd into motion.

Everybody knows their signature, ‘Ready For Your Love,’ which peaked at No 4 in the charts. That really got the crowd going.

They finished with their duet with American idol Jennifer Hudson, ‘Go All Night.’ And so finished a rabble rousing effort.

And the rest…

There was plenty on offer for the teeny-boppers even before the Vamps and McBusted took to the stage.

Alexa Goddard, who You Tube viewers will be used to as she’s got her own channel, where she’s featured with the likes of ‘Turn My Swag On.’

Enthusiastic Irish boyband Home Town also featured, drumming up a reaction with a cover of Lunch Money Lewis’ ‘Bills,’ as did X Factor contestant Karen Harding. 

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