Many people would have spent months eagerly awaiting the date, after buying the tickets months in advance for the Spice Girls Reunion Tour in the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Not me! When the tickets went on sale last year, I was caught up in the excitement of the “Power of Five”, but with saving to buy a house and seeing them in the O2 Arena on their last reunion tour in December 2007, I could not commit. However, after a drunken brunch with friends, we purchased tickets, deciding to “Never Give Up on the Good Times”, after too many cocktails just over a week ago.
The first gig of the tour was in Dublin last week, which left some fans fuming. Even Mel B had to address the ‘sound issues’ on social media. Following the Cardiff concert, there have been further outcries for a refund after what some think was a disappointing performance. Apparently, some fans said “Goodbye” and left early. This was not my experience; I could hear every word. I didn’t have high hopes for their vocal abilities but was pleasantly surprised at how in tune they were. Some of the girls are better singers than others, but let’s face it; that’s not why we were there. It was for nostalgia and entertainment – which we know the fab 5 are known for.
“If You Can’t Dance”
The tremendous Welsh weather did make the event more difficult, which is why some have been left disheartened. Just as the Spice Girls stepped on stage, the heavens opened. Not a light summer shower, but a torrential downpour that was “Too Much” for those wearing strappy heels and white t-shirts. Having purchased standing tickets, there was no time to “Stop” and we had to ask people to “Move Over” as my group pegged it to the seating area at the back of the stadium. Even the girls on stage joked that their hair was ruined because of the rain. Mel B asked if her afro was still big, and Emma mentioned that the pink dye was running out of her hers. Luckily, we were able to enjoy the show from these seats until the rain stopped. It did mean that our space was restricted, limiting our impressive 90’s dance moves.
I “Wannabe” on Tour with the Spice Girls
As a teenager, all I wanted to do was dance, and my dream was to “Do It” and be on the stage and working on a tour like this. Around halfway through the performance, two male dancers did a contemporary number together. This was unbelievable! They were both strong, highly skilled and even though it was about “Letting Love Lead the Way” they made it very masculine. It made me feel “Something Kinda Funny” and made me “Holler” and whoop and applaud them. All of the 20 or so dancers added to the staging, lighting and graphics increasing the excitement levels in the stadium.
“The Lady is a Vamp”
What needs to be mentioned is the incredible eye-catching ensembles, with the ladies changing 6 times. They do not look like ladies in their 40’s and are smoking hot “Mama”s. As usual, the costumes portrayed their spice stereotypes and even recreated some iconic get-ups from their music history.
The Spice Girls were supported by Jess Glynne. Wearing a turquoise suit and bright green eye make-up, her 45-minute set has gone unmentioned by many. She was supposed to be at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Middlesbrough on the weekend but had to pull out because she had lost her voice.
There were no tell-tale signs of this on the night, with her powerful voice belting out her biggest hits including Rather Be, My Love and These Days with the crowd singing the words back to her.
“Say You’ll Be There”
If you have tickets for any of the gigs in Manchester, Coventry, Sunderland, Edinburgh, Bristol or London, I would not worry at all. You cannot please everyone; there were nearly 80,000 people in Cardiff on Monday night, and only a handful of this gigantic number have complained. Just let “2 Become 1” as you sing and dance the night away, relive your youth, and enjoy the catchy song lyrics and cheesy dance routines. I had a top night and would love to do it all over again. This concert will certainly “Spice Up Your Life”!