I was ten years old with huge curly hair, glitter on my face and a rollerball lip gloss permanently in my hand when the Spice Girls first launched onto the music scene and unless you lived through that particular era it’s quite hard to comprehend the impact they had on young girls like myself. I don’t think any girl band has ever come close to taking their crown or having the same seismic effect that the Spice Girls did in the nineties.
What made them so different, you might ask…
For me, they were huge leaders in equality, giving not just young girls a voice, but welcoming all ages, races, sexual orientations, religions and beliefs into their ‘Spice Bubble’. Long before the days of social media, seeing them on stage, on TV or hearing them on the radio was hugely exciting. Each girl was so different, yet their bond seemed so real. There was not one girl in my friendship group that didn’t have a favourite Spice Girl.
So, ten-year-old me in my thirty two-year-old body has been counting down the days to this reunion. From the moment I heard the rumour they may be touring, I knew I had to see them again.
And I was NOT disappointed.
Last night’s concert was truly one of the best shows I have ever been to.
For one night only I was transported back to my ten-year-old self, so if you’re a fan of nostalgia then this show is for you. They are completely themselves throughout the show just with a slight revamp. The branding is fantastic and their iconic logos light up throughout the show. Each girl has their own group of dancers, along with their individual costumes and styles reminiscent of the late 90’s.
Starting the show with ‘Spice up your life’ it kicks off the nineties nostalgia with a bang. After hearing of sound and technical issues from their first show I was curious to see if that had been fixed – thankfully it had, but if I’m honest, would that have even mattered? Probably not. Their voices were strong, powerful and live throughout. Let’s be honest, they have never claimed to be the best singers on the music scene but their stage presence along with the dance routines more than makes up for that. I was thoroughly entertained throughout.
Mel C paid homage to her sporty costumes of yesteryear with Mel B rocking the animal print once again. Emma looked like she hadn’t aged a day along with Geri who even though she was more formal with her costumes than that of the Brits heyday, she continued to keep up her Union Jack style.
Ending the show with their first hit ‘Wannabe’ there was not one person sat in their seats – in fact for the entire hour and a half they were on stage, whichever way you looked, every single person was up dancing, singing their hearts out and generally living their best lives.
And I for one love that. Life sometimes can be really hard, everyone has their struggles and times they feel they will never get over, so even if it was for one night only it’s amazing to see so many people reminiscing with their best friends and remembering a much simpler time in their lives.
If I could give ten year old me – the girl with spice girls posters on her walls and the Spice Movie constantly in the VHS player – some advice it would be enjoy every part of your childhood, don’t grow up too quickly and don’t cry too much when Geri leaves…she will come back better than ever.