NCS Yes Live at The O2 Brixton

Nina Nesbitt soundchecking ahead NCS YES Live taking place at O2 Academy Brixton on Saturday 1 March 1st March saw 4000 young people come together to celebrate at a free gig put on by the NCS (National Citizen Service) at the O2 Brixton Academy.

Filmed for future broadcast on 4Music, the first ever NCS Yes Live celebrated the achievements of 16-18 year olds across the country who took part in one of the NCS programmes for teens – helping them with self confidence and learning vital skills to get ahead in life and work.

Hosted by Miquita Oliver and Will Best, along with Marcus Butler, Joe Suggs and the Jake Boys who captured the backstage action – the 2hr show was an explosion of talent from start to finish. Performers of the afternoon were Neon Jungle, Elli Ingram, Joel Compass, Chasing Grace, Kimberley Anne, Olivia Sebastianelli, Swiss Lips and Nina Nesbitt, with Kiss Fm Djs the Dixon Brothers whipping the crowd up into a frenzy in between performances.

Earlier in the year teenagers were asked to vote in a poll to name young people from the worlds of Fashion, Music, Sport, Film, Business, NCS Youtuber and Digital Innovation who inspired them the most. Announced throughout the event, the seven poll winners were:

  • Tom Daley (19) – Inspiration in Sport
  • Nina Nesbitt (19) – Inspiration in Music
  • Will Poulter (21) – Inspiration in Film
  • Zoella (23) – NCS Youtuber
  • Jamal Edwards (23) – Innovation In Business
  • Tinie Tempah (25) – Inspiration in Fashion
  • Lily Cole (26) – Digital Innovator

Each winner joined in with the celebrations, sending messages of support.

Tom Daley: “Thanks for all the votes and making me the winner of Inspiration in Sport. It’s amazing to be part of all the amazing effort you are putting in, so keep up the good work.”

Tinie Tempah: “I just want to say a massive thank you to the NCS community and all the young people across the country for voting me as the most inspirational person in fashion. Keep doing what you are doing, Peace and Love.”

Natasha Kizzie, Director of Marketing & Communications for NCS said: “It is so important for all of us to have mentors and inspiration, especially when we are teenagers. It helps us define who we want to be. There are so many young people who are achieving great things under the age of 26 and it is these people who influence today’s teenagers the most. NCS Yes Live has shown that young people can do amazing things and NCS is all about giving young people the respect, tools and opportunities to help them change their lives.”

The finale of the show saw some of the acts join forces in a spectacular performance of the Beatles ‘Come Together’ to say ThaNCS to NCS graduates who have clocked up a massive 1.5 million hours of social action over the past year. The track was recently recorded by Nina, Olivia, Colour the Atlas, Chasing Grace, Kimberly Anne, Will Heard, Lewis Watson and Luke Sital Singh with super-producer to the stars Jake Gosling (1D, Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith and more). The one of a kind NCS version is available now and free to download via

NCS have a great number of exciting opportunities for young people in 2014. Places for the 2-3 week full time programme plus 30 hours of social action are available for the Spring/Autum half terms and the Summer holidays. To be the first in the know go to and register for more information.


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