Jessie J - Camden Roundhouse
The atmosphere in Camden's iconic Roundhouse venue is buzzing for Essex girl Jessie J's Vitamin Water sponsored Olympic live show. So what better way to get the crowd in the celebratory mood than Team GB notching up six gold medals during the day? The Roundhouse is dripping in red, white and blue, and even the poorly stocked bar fails to dampen anyone's spirits - what would you like to drink, warm beer or er....warm beer?
TMF only catches the last song of support act The Special K's because we're busy making sandcastles over at the outdoor beach bar area, but from the loud applause we can either assume they were really good or the Heartbeats were keen for them to finish so the headlining act could begin.
Seeing such a big act in a small venue always feels like a special event, and with Jessie J it's no different. She appears, albeit minus her trademark fringe, to a slightly messy introduction of debut single 'Do It Like A Dude', although all is forgiven when Jay Z and Kanye West's infectiously catchy 'Niggas In Paris' is thrown into the mix halfway through. Luckily for Team GB, that was the only false start of the day, and from there on in J-J-J-J-J-Jessie J is definitely in pole position.
A cover of Usher's 'Climax' works surprisingly well, Jessie hitting the high notes every time and her trademark falsetto warble adding a unique edge to the slow-burning track. Crowd favourites 'Who You Are' and 'Who's Laughing Now?' give the hardcore Heartbeats their self indulgent moment as they echo back songs about bullying, rejection, overcoming it and other teenage angst-favourite lyrical topics. It's far from tedious for the rest of the crowd, but allows us a quick pit stop of a bar break and a chance to get our breath back.
The last two tracks of the night are the equivalent of notching up two more golds: the David Guetta collaboration 'Laserlight' sounding much better live than it does on the radio, made even better by an impressive laser display over the crowd's heads, and the grin on Jessie's face proves the view is just as good from up on stage; while, with Jessie bouncing around in neon high tops like a kid who's had too much Pepsi (TMF feels the other soft drink brand has had enough advertising in London the past two weeks), closing track 'Domino' is a sheer pop sugar rush which has everyone dancing their way out onto a crowded Camden high street.
Congratulations Jessie J - a definite podium finish to top off a great week.