24 September 2016
Reviewed by Amanda Browne
My friend and I attended Rollermania! – – Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable on Saturday 24 September. The Grove is situated perfectly, near several bars and restaurants, so you can start your evening early. We collecting our tickets with ease from the Box Office and we purchased a reasonably price drink at the bar prior to taking our seats. We had a great view. As we are both way too young to remember the Bay City Rollers, we were unsure what to expect. The Grove was filled with tartan… hats, scarves even dresses!
The voice of Les McKeown didn’t disappoint. From the opening line of the first song ‘I only wanna be with you’ the crowd were on their feet. They were dancing in their seat, the isles, anywhere they could get to. The atmosphere was fantastic and the song list didn’t disappoint. Once they started playing theirs hits from the 1970’s I realised I knew more songs than I thought. Included in the set was their first number one from 1971; Keep on dancing, Remember, Come Right Back, Be my Baby, Dedication to name but a few. My favourite was a fabulous rendition of ‘You take the High Road’, which had the audience on their feet with Scotland Flags being waved high!
Les and the band were all outstanding, their new song ‘You so Beautiful’ was very catchy. They all played their hearts out and interacted with the crowd. We spent the whole evening singing dancing clapping and swaying! I thoroughly enjoyed it. You couldn’t help get caught up in the moment and although not a fan when I walked in (way too young) I left the building singing their songs with a huge smile on my face.
The show was over by 9.30 my only negatives were it felt too short and that every opportunity was taken to ask you to buy the album in the foyer.
Who knew there were so many Bay City Roller fans living amongst us, two new fans were added last night. It was a great night out, great venue and fantastic entertainment.
Rollermania! is currently on tour around the UK. For more information and tour dates visit www.lesmckeown.com.
For other shows at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk.
Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, LU5 4GP | 01582 602080