Reviewed by Margaret Mann
We parked in the Q Park on Talbot Street approximately 4 minutes walk from the venue. You take a ticket on entering and if you get the ticket validated at the customer service desk it costs £5, this is very reasonable for Nottingham! If you wanted to go by tram the stop is right outside the venue.
The Royal Concert Hall is a fairly modern building, the staff are polite and helpful. We had a drink (water and Fanta) plus a bag of chocolate, just over £9.00, about the going rate for a venue like that.
We (my husband and I) had seats in tier 1, row K (seats 12 & 13) and had a good view of the stage. There were a few empty seats, in fact we were the only people sitting in the row! This soon changed as people realised there were better seats to be had.
The show started at just after 7.30 pm, with an explosion of sound with 3 male singers/dancers on the stage, opening with Sweet Soul Music. All of the singers had powerful voices and could certainly move! 3 girls then came on stage and all 3 had powerful voices and also good dancers. The sound seemed a little distorted at the start but was soon sorted. I think it was probably the accents of the singers when talking that were a little difficult to understand at first. There were 4 backing musicians, a drummer, keyboard player plus 2 guitarists. They were good and along with backing tracks gave a good sound.
All of the singers and dancers went through several costume changes throughout and each one was brighter than the last!
The first part of the show was full of energy and of course great soul classics including Love Train, Think, and when Respect was belted out, I don’t think there was anyone in the venue that wasn’t tapping their feet and clapping along. Many of the audience were up on their feet dancing and singing. The tone changed when Three times a Lady slowed things down just before the interval.
Soul music is a particular favourite of mine and some of the songs weren’t what I would call classic soul songs but good all the same.
There was an interval of around 25 minutes during which soul tracks were played in the background.
The second act started with Lemar (he of Fame Academy & Dancing on Ice fame) coming onstage to rapturous applause. He started with Gimme Some Lovin’ followed by a medley of his own songs (including If There’s Any Justice and It’s Not That Easy) and then it was back to classic soul. He soon had the audience joining in referring to us as the Water Sisters backing singers!
After Lemar left the stage (he took a t-shirt to sign for a fan) it was back to the format of the first act. The girls did Proud Mary (all 3 looked fantastic in their shimmery Tina Turner style dresses) and bought the house down.
The show was soon over ending with a Kool and the Gang medley which had everyone on their feet once more. The encore ended with Boogie Wonderland – what a finish!
The cast were introduced, Leanne, Bosie and Merlese (hope the spellings are correct) plus Phil Nathan and John.
We really enjoyed the show and it definitely got a 5 out 5 from us.
The show finished at around 10 o’clock and after a short walk back to the car we were soon on our way. All in all, a very enjoyable evening.
Sould Legends is currently on tour around the UK, for more information and tour dates visit entertainers.co.uk/show/soul-legends.
For other shows at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham visit www.trch.co.uk or call the box office on 0115 989 5555.
Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND