Reviewer Helen Patrick
The return of all-girl group Little Mix (Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock) to Merseyside with their Glory Days Tour, ensure once again that the Echo Arena is filled to capacity, ensuring an electrifying atmosphere, which enthrals its mixed aged audience from the first to last beat.
Joining Little Mix for the whole tour is Lina an American-Palestinian-Israeli who shot to fame as being the first Arab to win on the Israeli version of The Voice – and what a voice she has. Dressed in a sparkling playsuit with long pink sequined cape, Lina performs five songs, three original numbers and two covers, and judging by the performance in Liverpool, it won’t be long before Lina is a household name her songs are catchy and upbeat especially Can’t Keep Falling and her new single I Wore It Better. In the ever populated world of music, Lina’s voice stands out as unique and her cover of Symphony is phenomenal – hitting the high register of the song perfectly, arguably singing it better than the original by Clean Bandit. Although only a short set Lina certainly makes a strong impact and sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the evening.
A shame that the same can’t be said for Californian artist Jessarae, the performance and indeed quality of the songs on display consistently fails to live up to the same level as Lina – that’s not to say Jessarae has a bad voice, he doesn’t… he just lacked the same “Wow” factor that his predecessor gave the crowd. His song Fishbowl being a stand out track, while it’s clear that variety is the key to supporting acts, somehow Jessarae feels a little out of place, especially with his rock edge.
At a little before 9pm. Little Mix, storm the stage and never lift their foot off the pedal for the entirety of their 90minute set. Opening with Power, the crowd can’t help but release their enthusiasm for the girl band.
Little Mix are undoubtedly stunning performers, excellent vocalists, and dynamic dancers, ensuring their energetic and engaging set flew by. Unlike many pop acts, Little Mix’s Glory Day’s tour leaves the spectacle for the performances, their set is a simple affair of video screens and back projection and the help of an ensemble of dancers… this is a group that own their stage and nothing will detract from that fact – well apart perhaps for some of their outfits – which are in one word sexy.
With an ever-increasing catalogue of hit songs to pull their set from, D.N.A, Salute, and F.U all bring rapturous applause, The Glory Days Tour is a massive crowd pleaser and one of the best concert experiences that this reviewer has attended in a long time… sometimes keeping things simple really is the key.
Reviewed on 16th October 2017 | Image: Contributed