Gallery: T-Live

Hundreds of music fans flocked to Telford for this year's T-Live.


More than 1,200 screaming fans packed Telford Town Park for Saturday's concert, which saw teen favourites Union J and Lawson take to the stage.

Also playing during the mammoth five-hour festival were Harvey, Mike Dignam and Telford acts The Kooz and singer/songwriter Melissa Severn.

An overwhelmingly younger crowd compared to Friday night's 80s spectacular - which featured Go West, ABC, Jakki Graham and Rick Astley - sang every word of hits such as Taking Over Me and Juliet by Lawson, and Union J's Carry You and new single Tonight (We Live Forever).

Lawson surprised with a rock 'n' roll version of Swedish House Mafia's Don't You Worry Child.

Speaking before the show, Lawson bass guitarist Ryan Fletcher said the band had been away working on a new album and couldn't wait to get back out on stage.

"We have been locked away in the studio for ages so it is nice to get out and do these gigs.

"We are playing a selection of our favourite songs from the first album. It is like a journey of Lawson so far.

"We were delighted to be given the sunset set. It's nice when the set finishes at night and you get the night-time vibe."

Lead guitarist Joel Peat praised T-Live for including local talent such as Melissa Severn and The Kooz.

"It is great," he said. "When we started out we were doing these competitions and we know how useful they are so it is great to see a festival that supports new music and new bands and gets people up on stage and playing live in front of big crowds."

Union J singer JJ Hamblett said: "We have not played in Telford before so it is really nice to come here and see the fans out here.

Fellow Union member George Shelley added: "Concerts like this are more personal, you get to see the fans more up close and it is sweet."

Responding to the screams that could be heard everywhere the singers went in Telford, JJ said: "We are used to it, really. It is really nice and humbling to know we have such great support and to see the fans."

Singer/ songwriter Mike Dignam, who stepped in at the last minute to replace Tich, who had to drop out, said: "It is really good to be here. When you play festivals like this it is just great because everyone is totally up for it and there is a real variety of performers here."

Organiser Russell Griffin, for Telford & Wrekin Council, said: "It has gone fantastically well. We are delighted at how the second T-Live event has been received.

"We have had more than 2,000 people here last night for the 80s party and when the figures are know we think there were more than 1,200 here tonight.

"We are also delighted we had our local bands here."

Neon Brotherhood, who released the single "Hope Ain't a Bad Thing" in aid of teenage fundraiser Stephen Sutton, who died of caner last May, also attended T-Live.

Mr Griffin added: "The whole focus of building Southwater One and having events like this is to position Telford as a regional destination of choice for people across the West Midlands and make it somewhere where things happen that people want to see.

"We have been blessed with reasonable weather for the two days of T-Live and it has been a fantastic atmosphere and we would like to thank the crowds for the fantastic atmosphere they have created."

T-Live event was launched last year to bring a major music festival to Telford and highlight the town as an entertainment hot spot.

Plans for next year will be revealed in due course.

The event supported charities the Teenage Cancer Trust, Severn Hospice and the Georgia Williams Trust.

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