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A team of roughly 80 university students have raised almost £10,000 for charity Bristol Refugee Rights after their first sell-out performance last night.

The annual show was organised by Managing Directors Tara Sehmi and Ryan Nelson this year, and performed to an audience of 280 people in Bristol Grammar School’s Performing Arts Centre. It debuted in 2003.

They are expecting 700-800 spectators over the full weekend, as several of the performances are sold out.

A special mention at the end of the show was given to student Lara Nosiru who passed away last month. ‘FUZE 2017 is dedicated to Lara’, said Ryan.

FUZE 2017 is themed ‘funky town’, and copious glitter and flares made the stage seem like a 70s club.

The show was comprised of segments seamlessly alternating between live music, dance routines, and mini fashion shows.

All segments oozed funk and sass, and the performers were beaming throughout.

One of the models, Harry Wilkinson, poses for a pre-show photoshoot

The audience was very receptive, and one singer was even given a standing ovation. ‘She was amazing. She sounded like Emeli Sandé,’ said one spectator, whose daughter replied: ‘No, you’re thinking of Jennifer Hudson!’

The fashion segments featured glittery flares from designer Winifred Rose, velvet two-pieces from SAS, and eco-inspired floaty outfits from Linda Thomas, as well as outdoor sports clothing from Finisterre, and several other up-and-coming brands.

Audience members were heard saying that it was easy to forget the performers were only students as the quality of the show was so high – from the choreography to the lighting display.

The show is sponsored by FIXR, Reon, Propercorn and Hot Holidays.

SPOILER There also may or may not have been a male model walking on with a Chihuahua puppy…

There are still tickets for the Sunday matinee performances and restricted view for the evening, at the time of writing. Get tickets here.

Did you watch the show? What did you think? Let us know in the comments or on social media…

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