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Liam Payne turns fan as he watches Harry Styles on stage at Jingle Bell Ball



Harry Styles performs on stage during day one of Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball (Isabel Infantes)
Harry Styles performs on stage during day one of Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball (Isabel Infantes)

Liam Payne watched his ex-bandmate Harry Styles perform at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball.

The singer, 26, showed his support for his former One Direction bandmate as Styles, 25, sang tracks including What Makes You Beautiful.

Earlier, Payne opened the show at London’s O2 Arena.

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Liam Payne at the Jingle Bell Ball (Capital/Instagram Stories)

With his girlfriend, Maya Henry, he then watched Styles, who performed wearing an open chested jumpsuit.

Rita Ora, who performed on stage, was also in the audience.

Stormzy was also on the bill and later could be seen chatting to Styles saying, “We’ve got to link up when you’re ready.”

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Rita Ora performs on stage during day one of Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Earlier, Payne told Capital’s Will Manning: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen Harry perform on his own before live, which I think will be quite a nostalgic moment, so I think might have to stick around for that.”

The event continues on Sunday with Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Anne-Marie, Mabel and Sigala among the names on the bill.

The weekend line-up also includes The Script, Jax Jones and AJ Tracey.

More information is at Capitalfm.com.

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TRNSMT Festival bosses claim gender-balanced line-up is on its way


Gender-balanced festivals are on their way (Picture: REX/Getty)

TRNSMT festival bosses claimed a gender-balanced line-up is on its way but more women need to be ‘picking up guitars’.

The 50/50 ratio may take ‘several years’ as Festival bosses believe there are more male artists.

Festival director, Geoff Ellis, said: ‘We’d love there to be a higher representation of females but there isn’t, certainly on the acts we’re announcing today.

‘It will be a while until there’s a 50/50 balance. That’s definitely several years ahead for any major festival to achieve because there’s far, far less female artists.

‘We need to get more females picking up guitars, forming bands, playing in bands. There are less female acts to go around.’

TRNSMT recently released some of the acts for 2020, and it includes The Courteeners, Liam Gallagher, Foals, Keane, Lewis Capaldi and Ian Brown.

Only two of the acts so far are women: Rita Ora and Little Simz.

Lewis is playing for the fourth year in a row (Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rita is ‘arena level’ already (Picture: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

‘There’s definitely more to come – they’re just not over the line yet,’ he added.

The festival’s Queen Tut’s stage – which is for only female acts – will return at next year’s event.

‘We’re giving that platform to help more females see that kind of opportunity because you do get more of a drop-off at a grassroots level and there are less female artists around,’ Geoff continued.

‘It’s not just about booking more female acts because if there are less of them then there are less of them to go round all the festivals’.

Geoff also had to defend the line-up for looking too similar to last year’s one.

Little Simz had a busy year starring in Top Boy (Picture: APA-PictureDesk GmbH/REX)

2020 will be the fourth year Lewis Capaldi headlines the festival, while both Liam Gallagher and The Courteeners have played two years ago.

He blames a mixture of a lack of headline acts and Brexit for ruining availabilities of artists.

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Geoff said: ‘We all know there aren’t a lot of festival headliners out there. It’s been the case for the past decade.

‘If you look at T in the Park, the likes of The Killers, Kings of Leon and Foo Fighters played quite often.’

TRNSMT festival will take place on 10-12 July 2020.



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