O2 Think Big is a scheme designed to support and train young creatives as they work on inspiring community projects through the mediums of music, dance and drama.
Their work is then showcased on The O2 Think Big tour which stops in various UK cities, headlined by a well known music act each night. This year's tour culminated at London's Indigo 2 which featured a special performance by singer Rita Ora.
Hosted by Kiss 100 Presenter Neev as well as Thing Big Ambassador Aisha, the event showcased a variety of acts and highlighted how well the project had been organised.
Learn Magic projects were the first on stage and were a group of very young children who were all fans of magic and impressed the audience with their own tricks. The entertainment was swiftly continued with singer Kyra, founded on the Cosy Show. The singer was joined by mate Cashtastic who with a fanbase of his own got the whole crowd in the party mood.
Musical Theatre production Dream Big UK were a highlight of the night with their unique urban comedy production, the audience were fixated.
Before we could set our sights on the main attraction, BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens introduced the O2 Big Think Bad, a group of 10 young musicians who had been put together with just six days practice. What came next was a revelation as the members were filled with such diversity, from rock to gospel to rap influences but they worked great. Kudos to them and it was a reminder as to why this event was so important for young people.
After what seemed like an eternity, Rita Ora bound onto the set with album track 'Facemelt' . From the get go, the audience were immersed, jumping and singing along to every word, melody that echoed out of Rita's mouth. The singer went on to perform new singles 'Shine Ya Light' as well as chart toppers 'How We Do (Party)' and 'R.I.P.' It was the first time I caught the singer live and I enjoyed every minute, she had great interaction with the group and her performance was exciting.
Due to technical difficulties, her performance had to be cut short but a 5-song set was enough for us all to walk away with smiles on our faces.