Thousands party on Weston beach with pop stars

PUBLISHED: 14:00 12 July 2014

McBusted on stage.

McBusted on stage.

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POP stars McBusted, Jessie J, Jason Derulo and Union J transformed Weston's beach into a hotspot of live music at the weekend and wowed thousands, despite the Backstreet Boys dropping out and a last-minute drive to attract more fans.

The McBusted show and South West Live saw hordes of teens, adults and children secure a spot on the beach to watch the acts perform on the beach stage.

Pre-concert queues stretched almost the whole length of the seafront in a turnout which left some of the big-name singers telling the Mercury backstage that performing on Weston’s beach was better than stepping on stage in Barcelona.

However groans of disappointment came from crowds on Saturday evening when organisers announced record-breaking US band the Backstreet Boys would not perform in Weston due to illness.

The group had been lined up as one of the main acts for the McBusted show – the concert which had free tickets available on a discount site just hours before acts were due to start singing.

Some fans had already shelled out between £44.70-66.75 for a chance to see the guys from McFly and Busted perform together, as well as Five, Scouting For Girls and Diversity, but HotUKDeals.com offered them up for nothing.

A mix of excited readers who had grabbed the last few freebies and angry fans who had paid full price submitted comments to our Facebook page and website.

Dani Smith said: “Just got free ones. But would be very peeved if I paid full price before.”

Liz Chapman said: “Paid full price. Will never use AXS to buy tickets again. And why is the stage facing the sea? Could have got a lot more people in if it was sideways like T4.”

Other fans seemed to forget the no-show very quickly when the ultra-enthused, hyper members of McBusted jumped on stage to sing their greatest hits.

And the hype was re-lived when another load of stars came to the seaside the following day including The Vamps, The Saturdays and Katy B.

Union J’s George Shelly, who worked in Weston’s High Street before being rocketed to fame with his band on the X Factor, said: “I’m a real Somerset boy and it’s weird to be back and performing in front of my friends.

“We all try to get back home as much as we can. It’s what keeps us grounded.”

The Vamps’ lead singer Bradley Simpson said: “It’s cool performing on a beach. Weston is more glamorous than Barcelona.”

And Katy B added: “The crowds in Weston are so positive - it’s been one of the best places to perform.”

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