Girls Aloud kicked off their reunion tour last week in Newcastle and it was, as we would’ve expected, pretty epic.
After a shouty warm up from X Factor’s Amelia Lily, Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, Sarah Harding and Kimberley Walsh burst onto stage with their first ever hit Sound Of The Underground.
Standing atop of a giant Girls Aloud logo, the group looked stunning as they then went to perform some of their earliest singles, including Life Got Cold.
There were some first night problems, with microphones struggling to pick up any vocals for most of No Good Advice, but they were quickly resolved without much hassle.
A musical interlude followed as a music video for Models played on screens, before the girls appeared for possibly the best part of the tour.
Covered in feathers and glitter, and with Cheryl having donned a pair of Angel wings, the group strutted their stuff down the cat walk before bursting into The Show.
Classics including Love Machine followed, before the girls made their way over the audience to the B Stage singing Sexy! No No No.
Performances of some of their more recent singles, such as Untouchable quickly came and went, as well as the first album track of the night in the form of TEN’s On The Metro with an upbeat dance routine.
Back over to the main stage and the penultimate set of the night saw a cover of Call Me Maybe, which we can’t help but feel was perhaps a rather uninspired song choice. Still, it was fun and the girls seemed to enjoy it.
An encore of I’ll Stand By You and The Promise saw sparkling red dresses and tears, as a montage of the group’s history played in the background.
While a fun night, as big Girls Aloud fans, we couldn’t help but feel a little underwhelmed.
Whether in a nod to past tours or simply due to laziness, various parts of the concert had been copied and pasted from performances past. Sexy! No No No’s intro has been taken straight from the Tangled Up opening, while the group’s Love Machine breakdown is a carbon copy of their Out Of Control number, even down to the choreography.
It was nice to hear some of the more underrated singles get an outing, but a lack of album tracks aside from those new on TEN left us wanting more.
After three years of waiting, we can’t help but feeling a tad disappointed with what will no doubt prove to be the girls’ last ever concert together.