RADIO 1 TEEN AWARDS 2017: WINNERS REVEALED 153

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Little Mix, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers and Mo Farah were amongst the names that won awards in the celebrity categories at Radio 1’s Teen Awards today – held at The SSE Arena, Wembley in front of a 10,000 audience of 14-17 year olds.

Now in its eighth year, the biggest event in the teen calendar was hosted by Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw and co-host Rita Ora and featured performances from Liam Payne, Dua Lipa, The Vamps, Camila Cabello and co-host Rita Ora.

The inspirational stories and achievements of four amazing Radio 1 teen heroes were at the heart of the event – with stars from the world of entertainment, music and sport – including Luke Evans, Louisa Johnson, Ella Eyre, James Arthur, Tom Daley and the cast of EastEnders joining in the celebrations at the glitzy ceremony.

Radio 1’s Teen Hero Winners of 2017 are:

My Mind & Me Teen Hero Award for Mental Health – Holly (15) and Oliver (13)
Holly and Oliver offer psychological, emotional and physical care to their mum. Over the last 18 months Holly and Oliver have set up a charity called ‘The Adams Movement’, with their older brother Josh.

One Million Hours Teen Hero Award for Volunteering – Charlotte (17)
Having been though the care system herself, Charlotte is passionate about changing the future of care and uses her own experience to influence nationwide policy.

Generally Amazing Teen Hero Award – Harrison (12)
Harrison inspires other children with tackling obesity, anxiety and depression, after he turned his life around through exercise and changing his diet. Harrison documented his own journey via social media, inspiring other children to follow in his footsteps.

The celebrity awards were voted for by Radio 1’s listeners.

Full list of winners
Best TV Show – Love Island
Most Entertaining Celeb – Stormzy
Best International Group – The Chainsmokers
Best Film – Beauty and The Beast
Best British Group – Little Mix
Best Game – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Best British Solo Artist – Ed Sheeran
Best International Solo Artist – Ariana Grande
Best British Vlogger – Rose & Rosie
Best Single – Dua Lipa – New Rules
Best British Sports Star – Mo Farah

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REVIEW: JOSH WHEATLEY – ‘I KNOW YOU’ EP 18

Having first caught the attention of Radio 2, and in particular, Janice Long, Josh Wheatley has only seen the interest in his talents rise over recent months. Inspired by the likes of David Gray, in his own words, he has a “self-diagnosed addiction to writing” and now, he’s shared just a sample of what he’s been working on with the world via his ‘I Know You’ EP.

There’s a rather psychedelic, disco-dance sound to opening number “Calling” and although the instrumentation often overshadows Wheatley’s voice, it makes for a considerably strong start. With a toe-tapping, hip-swaying melody that will be stuck in your head after just one listen, and a smooth almost angelic vocal, “I Know You” was a great choice for a single release, and is easily a contender for the strongest track on the collection.

“Worry” maintains the uptempo rhythm the EP’s running with and I dare you to try and not tap your fingers along to it if you’re working at a desk, sat at a table or even driving in your car. “Notice” is a tad slower – and I do mean just a tad – and is the most lyrically simplistic of the tracks featured. With that said, it does showcase Wheatley’s vocal well and like its predecessors, it’s sure to have hands clapping and toes tapping.

Closing number “Savior” has a rather Paolo Nutini-eqsue vocal to it (imagine it performed with a distinctive Scottish accent and you’ll know what I mean) and although it’s far from bad, it could be considered as the weakest of the EP’s five tracks, purely because it’s lacking the power and exciting ‘flair’ of the others. Nevertheless, it ends the album on a good, rather solid note.

With a lot of new talent popping up all over the country, Wheatley’s EP helps cement the young singer-songwriter as one of the top, hot picks for 2018. Whether he can maintain his position there however, only time will tell.

Josh Wheatley’s ‘I Know You’ EP is available now.

REVIEW: KID KAPICHI – ‘LUCOZADE DREAMS’ EP 23

Kid Kapichi are currently one of the most talked about up and coming bands in Britain, and, on the back of their previous EP, are so with good reason. However, some bands can and do often struggle when it comes to a second release. There’s more pressure and expectation, and sometimes it’s more than artists can handle well. So, how have KK fared with their sophomore EP, Lucozade Dreams?

The intro piece, at just over 46 seconds long could easily have been left off the EP, but given that it’s brashier and bolder than many opening instrumentals featured on albums and the like in recent months, it doesn’t fare too badly. It is however a good thing that “Cinderella” quickly follows on from it and ultimately sets the tone for the EP overall. With it’s big, catchy verses, and a chorus that’s even bigger, combined with a toe-tapping bass undertone, it’s an exciting little number, sure to impress and win over music fans who give it a listen.

The momentum and energy continues through “Puppet Strings” and although the instrumentation is good, ultimately it’s the impressive lyrics that make the track stand out. Meanwhile, anyone looking for a superb riff and a thumping, invigorating beat need look no further than “Jack Jones” and the slick production on “Machine Men” means the EP ends on a rewarding high for both band and listener.

While the group from Hastings might still be considerably unknown to some, they’ve been talked about for some time now, and the amount of said talk is only likely to grow on the back of Lucozade Dreams – a collection that’s fun, fizzing with energy and highlights just how much Kid Kapichi love what they do, and in time, more music fans might just find themselves loving them too.

Lucozade Dreams is available now.