The Big Reunion
Phones 4u Arena, Manchester
Reviewed by Debbie Talbot
I was delighted to take my little girl to the Manchester Phones4u Arena on Sunday night to see this show. It was so special to be able to take her to see some of the groups I used to love. Upon arrival we quickly collected our tickets from the box office, went through a quick security check and walked along a long corridor to find our seats. On the way we spotted plenty of toilets and places to buy merchandise, food and drink.
We had great seats, in the side seating to the right hand side of the stage (when facing it). The seats were comfortable. ITV had clearly gone to a lot of effort to produce the show. The screens to the side of the stage showed some fantastic material before the show started and in between the acts. I will go through the acts in no particular order. Five came on stage to be greeted by lots of screams. Lots of people stood up when they came onto the stage and stayed on their feet throughout their set. My 8 year old daughter liked Five a lot.
Bewitched came on stage and were simply amazing. Beautiful ladies in stunning outfits. They sang some great songs which I remembered the words to. My daughter’s favourite act was 911 due to the acrobatics during their dance routine. They sang their songs beautifully. The Honeyz came onstage and sang some wonderful songs. They had strong vocals and we really enjoyed their songs. I have to say that personally I was eagerly anticipating Liberty X, having followed their career since their TV show days. They were fantastic and gel so well as a group. Michelle, 7.5 months pregnant, looked radiant. The final act of the first half was Atomic Kitten. The 3 of them looked stunning. Pregnant Kerry Katona glowed in her beautiful outfit. So many people were up on their feet singing and dancing.
There was a 20 minute break during which my daughter and I used the ladies, bought a drink and a chicken tikka wrap to share. The prices were as you would expect for such an arena, £5.50 for a couple of soft drinks and £4.50 for the wrap. The staff were so nice about cutting it in half and my daughter’s half being without salad. My daughter bought some candy floss with her pocket money which cost £2.50. We also purchased a pack of Official Photos from the merchandise stand.
After the break, each act came on stage to sing a well-known Christmas song. They were in different outfits than the 1sthalf of the show. The songs were great and it was a wonderful way to spend time in the run up to Christmas. Finally, all the acts came on stage together and sang their Charity Single which is helping raise funds for Text Santa.
The venue itself is fantastic. Lots of clean facilities and well laid out and organised. The backing dancers were great and clearly extremely experienced. The costumes were phenomenal throughout the show.
I would rate our experience 10 out of 5 if I could. All of the acts were simply phenomenal. It was such a wonderful, special way of spending an enjoyable evening with my daughter. I took my daughter but it would have been great as an evening spent with a partner, work colleagues or friends.