It was a Green Christmas at Sheffield’s Meadowhall when chart superstar Professor Green joined Union J, Alexa Goddard and others for the offical festive lights switch on concert.
Dismal weather and a change to the schedule at Meadowhall’s Christmas lights switch on concert failed to dampen the spirits of thousands of revellers that turned out for the sparkling event.
Adverse weather conditions of strong winds meant that the line-up was brought forward by an hour to allow crowds to enjoy all the festive fun in safety.
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X Factor boy band Union J, bad boy rapper Professor Green and pop star Alexa Goddard, lit up the Capital FM stage in the car park outside ahead of the shopping centre’s festive lights sparking to life inside.
The chart-toppers played their hits to 15,000 music fans at the sell-out event, who partied on despite the weather, singing, dancing and cheering in the rain.
Katie Matthews, aged 15, from Rotherham, was at the event with her friend Kelly Barker, also 15. She said: “I really wanted to come to see Professor Green, I love him.
“It’s not bothered me that things have been brought forward as it means we get to see him sooner.”
Martha Pollard, aged 13, from Penistone, who was at the event with her mum Steph, was also in high spirits.
“I can’t wait to see Union J,” said Martha. “I also really like Bars and Melody so it was great to see them too.”
Union J got the crowds into the festive spirit by singing It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, as well as their top hit Carry You and their new single.
George Shelley from the band, said: “We are so excited to be here for a second time after doing this event last year - it’s fantastic to be asked back.
“We are looking forward to returning to Sheffield in April to support our mates The Vamps at the city’s arena.”
Professor Green’s performance didn’t disappoint either. The screams went up a notch as he appeared on stage to switch on the shopping centre’s lights, signalling that the official Christmas countdown has begun.
He told The Star: “I’ve been looking forward to the event as it’s the first time that I’ve done a lights switch on and I love Christmas.”
Event manager at Meadowhall Alex Caley, said festive activities at the centre will continue with a spectacular Santa’s grotto opening on November 14 and late night shopping.
“Yet again we’ve had a fabulous event,” said Alex. “Through the concert we’ve raised more than £16,000 for St Luke’s Hospice charity.
“It’s great to stage such big names while raising money for a worthy cause.”
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