Random stuff backstage at the Brits: The spa, the sweets, the bins...

Backstage at the Brits

We hope Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift love a pick 'n' mix as there are mountains of sweets backstage at this year's Brit Awards.

OK we may have exaggerated a tiny bit, but on our nose around backstage at London's O2, fizzy sweets were a recurring theme.

Jars of sweets, a candle and a spa menu backstage at the Brit Awards
Image caption See, more sweets... and a spa menu

As always, there's a backstage spa area where celebs can get a free fake tan (Take That are big fans apparently), have their nails done, hair done, and make-up sorted.

There are also dodgems.

A row of static dodgem cars on a track
Image caption Quiet now, but wait a few hours...

Of course there's a bar for the artists performing, where a hot dog will set you back £5.50, and the drinks are not free.

The Brit Awards 2015 trophy stands on the counter of the backstage bar
Image caption Drink for one?...

Most of the acts at the Brits will either be munching on a posh dinner in the main arena or getting ready in their dressing rooms.

This is what Paloma Faith's dressing room looked like on Monday afternoon, before her costumes and more glam things were added (we presume).

Paloma Faith's dressing room with two velvet black sofas and some free beauty products
Image caption Plush sofas and freebies for Paloma

For rehearsals, there was a selection of teas awaiting Paloma backstage, along with fresh ginger and lemon, but she would've had to pop on the kettle herself.

A kettle, cups, lemons, ginger root, and a selection of tea bags on a table
Image caption Pop the kettle on Paloma...

The backstage bar looks a little hotel lobby-ish, and before show time was being used as a make shift office for some of the backstage workers.

A giant light dominates the backstage bar area with tables and chairs
Image caption Light enough?

The bar this year is also drenched in pink lighting which accounts for this somewhat fuscia photo of this year's cheery hosts, Ant and Dec.

Ant and Dec smile backstage
Image caption Ant and Dec, pink filter

Once you've won a Brit, you get to talk to the press (it's the best part!) and this is the rather unglamorous entrance to the media area, complete with bins.

Sign reading Artist Entrance Backstage Media, with a bin next to it
Image caption It's the door on the right by the bin

There are his 'n' her versions of the goody bags given out to Brits presenters, winners and Ant and Dec get one too.

It's worth around £1000 and this is the version Ed Sheeran, George Ezra and Royal Blood will all take home.

The Brits goody bag for men, a carpet bag, speaker, after shave and a video camera
Image caption Mary Poppins springs to mind...

Plenty of room inside for this year's trophy, designed by Tracey Emin, and surprisingly heavier than you may think despite it's pretty appearance.

The Brit Award 2015 designed by Tracey Emin
Image caption If a Brit took a selfie...

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