Don't get us wrong, we bloody loved Little Mix back on The X Factor; but if you'd have told us that five years later we'd be at the opening night of their world tour for their platinum selling third album we'd probably have laughed in your face. These manufactured girl bands don't work, right? It's the GIRL BAND CURSE. That's a thing.
What Jade, Jesy, Perrie and Leigh-Anne have managed to do much like Girls Aloud before 'em, though, is totally ditch the whole telly talent show tag and prove you don't need to possess a penis to sell pop music to the masses. Now we've been lucky enough to see the ladies live a gazillion times and, just when you think they've peaked, they always manage to kick it up another notch.
Can they top the spectacle that was 2014's Salute tour, though? Let's find out.
We should probably say stages plural, to be fair. The show was split into a few different segments; each of which had totally different staging to set the vibe. After the opening one-two punch of 'Grown' and 'Hair' mixed with a couple of classics ('Change Your Life' and 'Wings') things got dark af with the 'Lightning' section.
Essentially we were invited into some creepy forest (the whole 'Black Magic' theme ran throughout); with the flames and flickery lighting effects being a total contrast to the opening of the show.
D'ya know what? Everything about this show's a spectacle. The choerography, the pyro, the specially-filmed screen visuals. They're goin *in*.
The main worry with a hit-making machine like Little Mix is that, as the tunes and tours get bigger, some of your faves ain't gonna make the cut. Like, the thought of them ditching 'DNA' at some point doesn't even bear thinking about.
Thankfully, though, the Get Weird setlist's pretty much perfect with *all* the hits (minus 'Word Up!', but hey ho) and the best bops from the new album. There was even space for an awesome medley (Beyoncé's 'Crazy in Love' and 'Ring the Alarm,' Lethal Bizzle's 'Fester Skank' and Jack Ü's 'Where Are Ü Now?'
Yup, that bit was as brilliant as it sounds.
What were the best bits, then?
Um, right. Where do we even begin? Well:
- The intro/entrance was literally amazing. Like, they FLY.
- 'Hair' being everything we wanted it to be live and more. Sass central and, yeah, we've been recreating the hair flips with the office desk fan all afternoon.
- 'DNA,' 'cos it's 'DNA.' Also there was loads of fire.
- 'Secret Love Song Pt. II' (YAAAS) was, as you can probably imagine, well emotional.
- 'OMG,' purely for the massive bunny rabbit heads. Some ask why, others ask why not?
- We kinda forgot how much of a tune 'How Ya Doin?' is. Definite highlight.
- EVERYTHING ABOUT 'WEIRD PEOPLE;' from the intro video and outfits to all the Mixers involved.
- SPICE GIRLS REFERENCE.
- 'Black Magic,' obvs.
Any bits that weren't all that?
We really wanted 'Love Me Or Leave Me,' but we totally get it might've brought the pace of the show down a bit. Also 'Nothing Feels Like You' would always be appreciated. Underrated.
Rating out of five:
Five stars. Genuinely. *****
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