JAMES Arthur brought his Bitter Sweet Love World Tour to a packed Bournemouth International Centre and transformed a dark gloomy Monday into a celebration of great songs and pure joy.

The night definitely started with a bang as he exploding onto the stage in an eruption of pyrotechnics, an entrance that promised much followed by a show that lived up to that promise and more.

The arena was packed with a crowd made up of all ages which is pretty representative of the wide and varied fan base James has fostered and bought along with him on his 12-year journey from our TV screens to selling out arenas up and down the country.

Add in further worldwide success and his has been a story of talent triumphing in a business where that all to often is not the case.

Starting off with Blindside, quickly followed by Empty Space and Can I Be Him the crowd were immediately engaged.

The gig did come to a slight pause as at least one member of the crowd fainted and required medical attention.

After the venue staff swiftly and efficiently provided aid the concert continued with a duet of Rewrite The Stars with Neve who had earlier delivered an excellent supporting performance.

James switched up the pace of the gig with a really well received four song acoustic medley that moved into From the Jump and Train Wreck.

It was great to then see Dean Lewis come back on to the stage for a duet of Falling Like the Stars which led into an X-Factor segment that included his original audition audio followed by his version of Tulisa’s Young which was his audition for the show.

Next up was a rousing version of Impossible which received one of the best reactions of the night.

Ending the show with Say You Won’t Let Go he left the crowd wanting just that.

James has proved himself to be a survivor who is currently riding a wave of a number one album and a sold-out stadium tour.

If the performance is anything to go by that wave will carry on for some time to come.

An excellent gig that left the packed arena wanting more and sure to come back again and again.