The UK’s biggest girl band, Little Mix, Get Weird with fairy tale sets, sparkly outfits, bright lights and plenty of hit songs at Leeds First Direct Arena.
I’ve got to be honest here. If you told me five years ago that a girl band from X-Factor were going to be doing their world tour for their third platinum-selling album, I’d probably have laughed about it. Everyone knows not many girl bands become so popular, especially a manufactured girl band whose individual dreams were to each become a solo pop star. And on top of that, for the merged artists to follow in the footsteps of the Spice Girls and Girls Aloud, we all know is hard to believe.
Little Mix have somehow managed it though. Now the UK’s biggest girl band, they have ditched the whole X-Factor label and gained the “Get Weird” factor. And what’s not to like? With a fairy tale themed glitzy show based on their hit song Black Magic, Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Ann Pinnock and Perrie Edwards have split their 90 minutes of sass, energy and hits into segments, each part of the show displaying a different fairy tale scene like a proper musical performance.
Beginning the show with flashes of light and an explosion of glittery outfits in the First Direct Arena, Little Mix kicked off the Leeds concert by flying in the air whispering “all is lost and love is tragic, cast a spell, it’s called black magic.” Adding a dance sequence of pops and shaking hips to the song Grown, their silk pyjamas get ripped off to reveal red and pink sequin leotards. With a big dance intro with their gorgeous male dancers, how can you not be intrigued?
The sold-out show’s set list was definitely the best with throwbacks to their classic hits Change Your Life, Wings, DNA and, let’s not forget, Salute! Salute! They then went down into the deep dark woods with Lightning where trees were on the stage, like a real theatre set. They had it all, the props, the pyrotechnics, the choreography and let’s not forget them voices!
The show was just hit after hit with the whole arena causing an uproar of praise and amazement as Jesy burst out that famous, on point, note in the single Secret Love Song Pt. II. They even threw in a remixed version of How You Doin’ and made space for a bit of Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love to expose the girl power attitude the band have developed.
When singing Weird People, the plasma above showed a music video they had put together exclusively for the song. With pink, yellow and blue lights brightening up the stage they did, in fact, get weird. Continuing their outstanding fairy-tale themed story, they played the song The Beginning via the screen as an interlude while having an outfit change. They then lit up the stage blue for an a cappella of The End where everyone heard Perrie’s emotions pour out.
But who could say no to the sassy, hair flips in Hair? Not me. And they just had to end the show with the cracking song Black Magic, I mean the whole show couldn’t be a Get Weird Tour without it!
I do wish they’d have sung Clued Up, cause’ you know it’s underrated but! I’d still happily go see them again and again. Five stars for definite!
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