This weekend saw the return of Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball with Coca-Cola at London’s O2 Arena.
Night two of the 10th annual sell-out event featured performances from chart-topping megastar Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Sigala, The Script, Mabel, Louisa Johnson, James Hype, Matt Terry, The Chainsmokers, Stefflon Don, Liam Payne and Big Shaq. Phew.
CelebMix headed backstage at the O2 to catch up with the performers, including The Script who are back with a new album ‘Freedom Child’ after taking a break. Here’s what they had to say about their new sound and their favourite Christmas song which, erm, we don’t think is actually very Christmassy.
On being back at the Jingle Bell Ball.
Danny: We’re very excited. We’ve gotten to hang out and say hello to some people we haven’t seen in a while. It’s been great.
On being back in music.
Danny: If we weren’t that successful it’d be terrible to be back. It’s been great. At Christmas time it’s good for giving thanks as well. We’d love to send a special message out to all our fans – they’re not even fans, they’re a family at this stage. They gracefully hold us up; they have been now for almost 10 years.
It’s an absolute blessing. For us to come here again and still be as relevant as we were the first year we played Jingle Bell Ball is incredible. So long may it continue.
On their new sound.
Mark: It was what we call a reaction record. We wanted to put something out that created a conversation and changed it a little bit for us. But now everybody doesn’t seem to think that it’s that different. I think originally when we came out it was like ‘The Script have changed their sound!’.
On Danny’s vocal surgery. Is everything okay now?
Danny: I don’t know, that’s the thing. You’ll know tonight. Fingers crossed it goes well. We’ve already done a tour and we wouldn’t have released an album if we didn’t think that it was back to its best.
Everything in moderation. I can’t be staying out drinking and smoking, doing all sorts of things until 6 in the morning. I have to cut it at 5. I have to leave at 5am now instead of 6. A few major changes. [laughs]. But it’s all good, yeah.
On their New Year’s Resolutions.
Mark: I think we need to play better as a band.
Glen: Yes, you’re right. We need to play in time.
Danny: I think just working out, getting back in the gym, trying to get that six pack back.
On their plans for Christmas.
Danny: I head back to Dublin. Just gonna chill out and hang out at home doing nothing.
Glen: Take it very easy before we go on tour, which is gonna be pretty interesting.
Danny: Eat lots of food.
On what fans can expect in 2018.
Danny: They can expect us to be twice the size we are now after Christmas.
Glen: Three rested guys but slightly bigger. But we’re gonna be awesome, we’re going to play in time and sound amazing.
On their favourite Christmas song.
Danny: There’s a song by an Irish band called ‘Arms Open’ which is amazing. Everybody needs to go and search for it.
Mark: Add sleigh bells and it’s a Christmas song.
The Script took to the stage to perform some of their biggest hits for The O2 Arena’s 20,000 capacity crowd, including ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’, ‘Hall of Fame’, ‘Superheroes’ and ‘Rain’.
The Script performing at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball with Coca-Cola.
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