Well after Thursday night photographing the next big boy band Union J, I had my earplugs ready [no reflection on the quality of the performance I hasten to add!] This was the next in the series of gigs at The Buttermarket in Shrewsbury featuring some of the finalists from this year's X Factor. However this was the biggie...as it featured the winner James Arthur!
Before the man himself came on stage, The Clocktower [< click me] warmed up the sell-out crowd. They are a wonderfully talented local British indie 'Rock n Roll' band from Wolverhampton, who formed in 2009.
The hugely popular winner of The X Factor, Mr James Arthur, did not disappoint! He finished his set with his debut single 'Impossible', which reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart in its first week of release! During his finale James was accompanied by many of his fans who sang from the packed dancefloor and the VIP balcony area.
The 'meet and greet' in the VIP area upstairs was manic, for want of a better word! It was a lot busier than the previous one with Union J. The management and security staff did a great job ensuring it ran smoothly...and James Arthur's minders did a wonderful job wiping the lipstick from his cheek on more than one occasion!
I spoke to James briefly after the photos and he is a really nice down-to-earth young man. I wish him every success in his new career. It was a pleasure and honour to photograph the winner of X Factor 2012.
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