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'Boyband' Big Reunion rides wave of nostalgia all the way to the Metro Radio Arena

Any trade descriptions act concerns have been brushed aside by the Big Reunion Boyband Tour which is on Tyneside on Thursday

Pop group Blue, who are on The Big Reunion Boy Band tour
Pop group Blue, who are on The Big Reunion Boy Band tour

Screams will be heard ringing out across Tyneside tonight... and they’ll have absolutely nothing to do with Halloween.

Instead they will be fuelled by a heady combination of nostalgia and a small army of ghosts from pop charts past.

The Big Reunion Boy Band tour bus will be pulling into the Metro Radio Arena car park this afternoon, filled with not one, not two but SEVEN merry bands of men (I simply can’t continue to call them boys) ready to perform for what will doubtless be a packed crowd of enthusiastic fans.

Dubbed ‘the ultimate boy band collective’, the line up: Blue, 5ive, 911, A1, Damage, 3T and Fifth Story (who were recently formed out of the solo career ashes of Gareth Gates, Dane Bowers, Adam Rickitt, Kavana and Kenzie) have been on a 13-date tour of the UK.

And their Newcastle date is last on the list, so it wouldn’t be beyond the realms to bump into any or all of them in and around the city centre afterwards. You have been warned.

Gareth Gates
Gareth Gates

Born out of the second series of the ITV2 reality show, The Big Reunion, which featured ‘girl’ bands Eternal and Girl Thing alongside the aforementioned 3T (the sons of Tito Jackson), Damage, A1 (not the road) and Fifth Story, the tour promoters seem to have decided to look to series one of the show to flesh out the line up. While overlooking the girls... hence the inclusion of 5ive, Blue and 911, who all starred in it.

For the uninitiated, The Big Reunion TV show set out to bring together pop groups of the past and tell their stories, while preparing them for a one-off ensemble gig at the end.

Predictably, this one-off gig turned into a string of arena dates and a second series with its own boys-only tour attached.

With 27 top 10 hits - including five number ones – between them, the lads would also have quite the trophy cabinet if they pooled their gong collection. MOBO, Smash Hits (remember them?) and MTV awards have all been bestowed over the years, as have the screams and cheers of their loyal fans, who will be delighted to have the chance to see their idols of yesteryear while indulging their nostalgic side.

Promising a move-busting trip down the memory lane I like to call Nineties Avenue, the climactic gig of the tour is bound to be memorable for all who have bought a ticket.


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