With so many incredible live performances, YouTube stars and award-winning Yes moments, it’s hard to know where to begin! Presented by the amazing 4Music duo Will Best and Maya Jama, YES Live kicked off with a top secret special guest, the Grammy award-winning Jess Glynne, whose performance was so amazing we could have renamed the show NCS JESS Live! For a bit...
Next up was Brit Critics’ Choice Award nominee Izzy Bizu! Her soulful performance had a touch of jazz and R&B; highlights included her new single, ‘Mad Behaviour’, and of course, NCS favourite ‘White Tiger’!
Following Suli’s performance, top ten-selling DJ superstars Blonde got the crowd pumped with tracks like ‘All Cried Out’ and ‘I Loved You’. You know it’s a great show when everyone in the house is jumpin’, jumpin’! Then – another big surprise. Joining the stage for Blonde’s final song was the super talented and Grammy nominated hero Craig David! A very special surprise indeed!
Meanwhile, the amazing YouTubers Ali-A, Emma Blackery, Jake Boys and Emily Canham were sharing all the green room gossip and interviewing some of our NCS graduate legends. They were joined by star host Poppy Jamie in capturing the backstage action, while DJ extraordinaire Melvin Odoom kept the beats banging with some chart-topping hits!
And for the finale, Tinie Tempah wowed the crowd – as if anyone doubted he would! The amazing YES Live audience sang along to ‘Written in the Stars’ at the top of their voices. As always, Tinie never disappoints!
Some of the biggest stars of all were our very own NCS graduates. The Social Action Star nominees (Team Possible – Folkestone, Team Banter Brigade – Wrexham, Team Access Sheffield, Team NCS Wolfpack – Nottingham and Team Brah – Newcastle) stole the spotlight for all their amazing projects achieved in their communities. To celebrate, it seemed only fitting to have some of the coolest stars present the nominees. They included: Raleigh Ritchie, Laura Whitmore, Emily Atack, Craig David, Tom O’Dell, Clara Amfo and Jamal Edwards.
Team Brah won the first ever NCS Social Action Star Award presented by Santander. These six incredible teenagers from Newcastle created an inspiring stop motion video to raise awareness for LGBT issues in the north-east. Building on this, the team made and sold 200 string bracelets, completed a sponsored walk and busked in Newcastle city centre. What’s more, the team raised £850 which they donated to The Albert Kennedy Trust, which deals with under 25s LGBT homelessness as well as those living in hostile environments. Worthy winners, but a shout-out too for all our brilliant nominees!
At YES Live we were also delighted to announce that Emma Ramshaw was the winner of the Most Inspirational Team Leader award, also presented by Santander. Emma has made an outstanding contribution to NCS in supporting nearly 200 young people on the programme since 2011. Read more about the awards here!
Remember, if you weren’t lucky enough to attend YES Live at the Roundhouse, don’t fret! You can catch all the action on 4Music on April 2nd. You can also check out what happened at YES Live by following #NCSYESLive on twitter and instagram.