Radioactive Rita Ora invades Glasgow
Rita Ora dazzled the Glasgow O2 Academy audience as she appeared on stage in a quarantine radioactive see through container. Performing her new single ‘Radioactive’, which is due for release in February, was an appropriate and appetising introduction to her debut headline tour of the same name.
In her bright silver cat suit she pounced across the brightly lit stage in between her backing singers with an animal like hunger and desire for the performance she displayed. Playing to a sold out crowd of more than 2000 people, Jay-Z’s record label must be licking their lips.
The nominee for Best British Breakthrough Act 2013 then spoke to the audience for the first time. Declaring her love and admiration for how Scottish people party, the giant screen behind her started flashing images of Ora, as she blasted into her first U.K single and number 1; ‘Hot Right Now’. This sizzling dance track, released last February, propelled Roc Nation’s rising star into the sky and at the moment it does not appear to be falling.
Ora then vanished backstage as the sparkling lights dimmed and the projector started to display images of her with her fans. A heart warming voiceover message was then played describing her leap into the media spotlight and her admiration of her fans.
As she flashed back to centre stage now wearing a camouflage suit capped with an Army hat designed by Emilio Pucci she performed two other album tracks from her 2012 debut album Ora; ‘Roc The Life’ and ‘Fall In Love’ . The euphoria stopped for a moment to let the audience catch their breath. Seconds later a massive image of Notorious B.I.G was displayed on the screen behind her, as she acknowledged his massive influence and inspiration to her music and life.
The 22 year old singer then demanded the Scottish audience to ‘party’ and in turn she rocked the crowd back and forth with her second U.K number 1 single ‘How Do We (Party)’. The crowd were chanting ‘Ora’ as she bounced off stage left before re-entering and performing her latest U.K number 1 single, ‘R.I.P’ as her encore in a black leather cat suit and hat.
This was a perfect finale to a flawless performance, which left the crowd singing ‘R.I.P’ on their way home. There was a fantastic futuristic feel to this event; the bright lights, colours, costumes and a young captivated audience that engaged with the Brit award nominee as she managed to control the crowd with every word.
The future looks to be shining a light on Ora, who is nominated for three Brit Awards this year and as her ‘Radioactive’ tour continues to expose her talent to the nation; it would be no surprise to see her claim all three.
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