90s pop — best music ever
Reporter: Dawn Marsden
Date online: 16 December 2013
The Big Reunion Concert, Manchester Arena
THOUGH I was born in 1983, when it comes to music I’m definitely a 90s girl.
So the prospect of a night watching the groups that could transport me back to my youth was certainly an exciting one.
The Big Reunion concept started as a TV show about six bands — Five, 911, B*Witched, Atomic Kitten, Honeyz and Liberty X — getting back together after a decade or more apart.
Its success prompted a full UK tour which sold out in record time - so it was no surprise to see the Phones 4U Arena packed with people around my age, eager for a trip down memory lane.
The night got off to a flying start when Five — though. technically they’re now Four — burst on to the stage and belted out a fusion of their hits.
They were followed by double-denim pioneers B*Witched, who prompted a 15,000-strong singalong to their chart-topper “C’est La Vie”.
Boyband trio 911 offered a high-energy performance of “Bodyshakin” which came complete with the dance moves that sent teenage girls crazy in 1997.
Liberty X, who shot to fame after coming second to HearSay on ITV talent show “Popstars”, squeezed back into their iconic rubber catsuits for “Just A Little” before glamorous trio Honeyz slowed it down with a few ballads.
Atomic Kitten — including a heavily pregnant Kerry Katona — got the party started again with an all-action rendition of “Right Now” to whoops of delight from the crowd.
Then all the acts returned to the stage to perform their favourite Christmas songs before the show ended with a group version of “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” .
The arena was awash with girls old enough to know better, brandishing neon pink fluffy cowboy hats. But I’ll let them off, seeing as the night was all about reliving our youth.
In my opinion, pop music was at its very best in the 90s — they just don’t make them like this anymore. More’s the pity.
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