Big names head to Birmingham's Fusion Festival

Andy Richardson looks ahead to this weekend’s feast of pop at Fusion Festival

The best of British pop will feature during a showcase festival in Birmingham this weekend.

Jessie J, JLS, McFly, Ne-Yo and The Wanted will line-up alongside Labrinth, The Saturdays, Conor Maynard, James Arthur, Wiley and Amelia Lily at the Fusion Festival.

There will also be sets from Naughty Boy, Charlie Brown, A.M.E., The Vamps, Wretch 32, Jacob Banks, Ollie MArland, Isac Elliot, Neon Jungle and Ed Drewett.

The gig will start tomorrow at the city’s Corfton Park and will continue on Sunday.

Headliner Jessie J has enjoyed a remarkable year and has been working hard on her sophomore album.

Her single Wild enjoyed a long run in the Top 10 of the chart, which delighted the star: “It’s been amazing,” she said.

My dad called me and was like, ‘Well done!’ I was like, ‘What for?’ and he was like, ‘Top 10 for a fourth week!’ 

“I’ve kind of overlooked it and I’m seeing so many amazing songs in the Top 10 at the moment. I’m just really happy to be one of them.”

Her new record features both Dizzee Rascal and Big Sean. “I’ve met them both a few times before.

“Dizzee is on the same label and I’ve always been a big fan of his. I’m just happy they said yes. 

“I couldn’t be there when they did it in the studio, but they were both down for the video and it was a great experience.”

Jessie’s new direction features songs that have a harder, urban edge. 

“Wild was the one that grabbed people’s attention, but the album is really eclectic actually – probably more so than the first one. Yeah, it will be out before Christmas. I’m not going to give a date, but all will be revealed very soon.”

Jessie’s album features songs that are personal to her – including one that was previewed on Instagram. 

“There’s a song on the album about a family member that’s very close to me who has suffered from an illness and it’s kind of changed them. It’s a very personal and honest song. It’s weird because when you initially write a song, you write it with no understanding that the world is maybe going to hear it one day. 

“When you realise the world might hear it, it freaks you out a bit, but you can’t really think about that because then everything becomes false. So when I write songs I try to be as free as I can.” 

Ne-Yo promises to prove a big draw at Fusion. The Grammy Award-winning artist is one of America’s best-known r’n’b stars and has enjoyed a string of hits, including the US Number 1 So Sick and his most recent album, R.E.D., which was issued last year and was his fifth studio release.

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