[Brad Johnson | Deputy Editor]
Following the success of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at the Forum Hertfordshire, those on their fourth successful night were treated to an evening of urban music and a live performance from Fuse ODG.
Fuse ODG, most well known for hits such as ‘Million Pound Girl’, ‘Dangerous Love’ and ‘Antenna’ headlined the Monday Urban Special at the Forum (Sep 29). He became an international sensation early last year following topping to charts in the iTunes World Chart.
Following a trip to Ghana, mentioned in his hit ‘Azonto’, Fuse collaborated with Tiffany to released the aforementioned international hit. Following its viral release in 2011, it became one of YouTube’s most watched videos in the UK that month.
Hertfordshire’s Freshers’ Week was so lucky to secure Fuse ODG following his festival engagements, including V Festival, over the summer.
Fuse took to the stage at a slightly disappointing time of 1:45am, which some attendees found to be a bit too late. This was made worse by the fact that Freshers Pass holders had to be in the venues by 10:30pm, meaning a three hour and fifteen minute wait for the attendees.
“You can’t expect students to attend an event from 10:30pm and wait for nearly four hours until the headline act arrives on stage,” said Tasha Berryman, a final year Business & Computing student.
In response to this, Luke Delderfield, Licensed Trade Manager of Hertfordshire Students’ Union stated:
“We generally put the acts on between 12.30am and 1.30am to ensure we have the maximum number of people in the venue to enjoy the show. Fuse did take to the stage slightly later than planned due to delays. We have put artists on at an earlier stage time in the past and we have received negative feedback as lots of people tend to leave it to the last minute to come into the forum.
The reason we have a cut off time on the freshers’ pass is to ensure all pass holders can be guaranteed entry to the events and that we can also allow access to those that have not been able to buy a ticket in advance. The freshers’ period for us is about being able to get as many freshers’ as we can into the events so they can enjoy the start of their university lives.”
Despite the late stage time for the headline act, the night was kept flowing by DJ Chris Essence and a guest performance from Kenn Chyna. With a spectacular LED lighting show behind him, Fuse took to stage and had the crowd screaming some of his biggest hits. Although some students had seen the delay as an inconvenience, the majority of the crowd put it aside as soon as he took to stage.
The evening has received an overwhelming positive response from the media with Art27Club praising the Students’ Union by adding
“Hertfordshire should consider themselves lucky that they have a world class music venue at their disposal and a student union and event managers willing to go that extra mile to bring them the best nights and booking artists.”
The night kicked off the main body of Freshers’ Week and started the ball rolling for a plethora of world class acts taking to the Forum Hertfordshire stage over the week.
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