On May 31st I delved into my childhood. Spice girls are back and my 5/6 year old self was so ready for this tour. I never was able to see them the first or second time around they toured. So this time around I was not letting it slip through my fingers. Purchasing the ticket was incredibly nail biting but after nearly 2 hours of waiting I got my tickets for myself and Fiona.
The 90’s was the time when “The Spice girls” were massive. I remember when I was growing up just how big the spice girls were. Little Luke was always dancing around my bedroom to my Spice tape that I was purchased for Christmas. I was forever giving out the girl power sign wherever I went.
Always wishing I could go see them in concert or if they were ever on TV I was always glued to the TV till they programme had finished. Let’s just say I was a proper Spice boy, Even to the point of dressing myself and my siblings up to resemble a Spice girl. For me, I was always baby spice as I loved her vibe she gave off. My younger brother was either scary or sport and my little sister was always posh or ginger spice.
Spice Girls Here We Come
Roll on May 2019. The year I get my Spice Girls wish. A night I will never forget at the Etihad stadium Manchester. Going with my best friend Fiona was the best decision ever. I really got to see the Spice Girls with someone who loved them just as much as me. Even though I was ill for the concert (god damn cold) I wasn’t letting it stop my fun. I purchased some side popper trousers from ASOS and a t-shirt that had hand drawn photographs of the Spice Girls, I then added my chunky trainers to create the “spice” look. It was a very last minute outfit as I so wanted to channel my inner baby spice but things went a little rough before we went so I totally forgot about the outfit. So instead I channelled my inner sporty spice.
Fiona found it very funny and I found it very ironic that the first time I set foot into a football stadium it was because of the Spice Girls. The Etihad stadium was beyond something I’ve ever been in before. I’ve only ever been to small concerts from the likes of Years and Years and Jess Glynn when she first came onto the scene. I once went to see Katy Perry in Birmingham but this stadium had nothing on that one. I had my drink in hand and was ready to find my seat amongst the vast stadium. Once we had taken our seats I was so ready for the show.
Let The Show Commence
Jess Glynn was the support act of the Spice Girls and just like the first time I saw her she most certainly delivered. She did however struggle a few times with her singing but that was due to the weekend before she completely lost her voice and had to pull out of another concert. But she was amazing regardless. It was then time for the big show. The first beat of the song came on. I knew instantly it was Spice Up Your Life. One of our favourite songs. I instantly jumped to my feet and started singing and dancing just like I did back when I was 5 years old in my bedroom.
Song after song, I was up on my feet dancing, singing, screaming, crying and just having the best time ever. I don’t want to upload loads of videos showcasing the songs as there are plenty on YouTube that you can watch. I’ve never felt more at home within a stadium before. Singing some of the biggest pop songs of all time with my idols in the same stadium. My 5 year old self dreamt of that day so much.
The staging was incredible, however I was a little bit disappointed that there wasn’t more theatrics or zigazig ahh. Throw back to 2012 Olympics and they entered the stadium with their own taxis dedicated to each individual Spice Girl. They whizzed around in changing colour taxis. However I understand that it costs a lot of money for things like that and do to a tour, like they have over a space of a month over so many nights, I understand. However, I felt like a true spice boy watching them in their fabulous amazing costumes.
The Spice Girls put on an amazing show, one of which I will never forget. Their show had something for everyone. Girl Power, LGBTQ inclusion and just campy fun. I’m so happy that I managed to bag tickets and go see my childhood idols. It’s a concert that will be hard to beat!
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE!