As soon as Andi Peters stepped on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo wearing double denim and doing an Irish jig to C’est La Vie, we knew the Big Reunion Live was going to be a good night.
And what followed didn’t disappoint. With each act doing one or two songs before giving way to yet another 90s pop idol, we were basically Body Shaking the whole way through.
- Liberty X back in the rubber being very seeeeexxxyyyyyy
- Kerry Katona bursting into tears at the end of Whole Again, saying, “That song’s got a whole new meaning now” before Natasha Hamilton and Liz McLarnon also sobbed.
- The Honeyz putting on the old school purple, full-length coats for End Of The Line
- 911 doing ALL the dance moves to Body Shakin’ – and about a million back flips.
- Scott Robinson from 5ive pulling his son up on stage and having a bit of a cry at the end.
- B*Witched wearing double denim
We were lucky enough to head to the afterparty following the gig and caught up with all the popsters over a glass of warm white wine.
A grinning Liz McLarnon told us: “It was amazing and towards the end it was emotional.
We’ve not done that in such a long time – we got emotional when the audience went mental for Kerry and everyone just seemed totally happy.”
Lee Ryan and Anthony Costa hinted to us that Blue are now keen to join the Big Reunion tour later this year. “I can’t explain it, it was mind-blowing,” he told us. “I got sucked into the crowd with their hype and the way they were and I’m so happy because it looks like we might be doing the tour now.
“It was absolutely amazing how the fans knew everyone’s dance moves. I think it’s a great show and I think it’s going to carry on and after us there will be other groups that come through.”
Bandmate Duncan James added: “It must have been a buzz in the audience because the energy was incredible tonight. Backstage the atmosphere… everyone was in such good spirits and so up for it and it translated on the stage, everyone was up singing along.
“We’ve not done anything in the UK for a couple of years, so to get that kind of reaction, we were so happy. We came into the show late, we were the surprise element of the show, there were mixed feelings about us being in it from people, but we just wanted to put on a great show.”
That, you did Duncan.
5ive opened the show and probably got the loudest screams of the night – an excitable Scott told us: “It was fucking amazing. Everyone had their place and their moment tonight, everyone at ITV, including the bands deserves a massive pat on the back for what they’ve done.
“We’ve got the feeling this could be a really big year for us and we just hope the feeling we’ve got is right. I’m going nowhere. I’ve wanted this for so many years and tonight we proved that we’re meant to do it.”
Bandmate Sean Conlon also seemed keen to keep things going after the tour, saying: “It felt scarily normal. Normal life has felt more difficult and going against the tide, whereas that I was just flowing, I really enjoyed it.”
SO DID WE SEAN, so did we.
THE SET LIST
5ive: We Will Rock You and Everybody Get Up
B*Witched: C’est La Vie
Liberty X: Just a Little
Blue: All Rise
Honeyz: Finally Found
Atomic Kitten: Right Now
5ive: Keep On Moving
Liberty X: Got to Have Your Love
Atomic Kitten: The Tide is High
911: A Little Bit More
Honeyz: Love of a Lifetime, End of the Line
Blue: Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word
B*Witched: Blame it on the Weatherman
911: More than a Woman
Honeyz: Won’t Take it Lying Down
Liberty X: Ain’t Nobody
Blue: One Love
5ive: If Ya Gettin Down
Atomic Kitten: Whole Again.