Featuring your favourite Spice Girls hits

The Wannabe show recreates the era of Girl Power and gives you a night out to remember! From the chart stomping ‘Spice Up Your Life’ through to the hip shaking ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, they will take you on a Spice World journey that will make you Zig-A-Zig-Ahhhh.

The music of the Spice Girls lives on for hordes of their diehard fans and last night at the Victoria Hall in Stoke, those same fans were out in force to catch one of the best tribute bands on the circuit, Wannabe.  Playing to a packed house, Wannabe delivered a show par excellence as they treated the legion of women – and the odd man – to a whole raft of recognisable tunes and signature dance moves.  The atmosphere was electric with many fans dressed up as Baby, Posh, Scary, Sporty or Ginger!  Talk about girl’s night out – it seemed as if the whole female population of Stoke, around the age of 30, had left the telly behind, glammed up in big groups and headed to the Vicky Hall to shake their booty.  We are talking serious Spice World!

When many think of The Spice Girls today, it’s easy to think of their post-success careers and personal ups and downs but the fact remains that they are still the biggest girl band of all time selling over 80 million records worldwide and having 9 number 1 singles and that alone is impressive.  They were huge in the 90s.  Forward 25 years and Wannabe are the band to look out for in relation to experiencing a night which recreates the excitement of a Spice Girls concert in full with the music, costumes, dancers and vibrant set design which made the group so entertaining to watch in their heyday.

Although the Victoria Hall gig got off to a shaky start with a few technological problems which resulted in the girls being late on stage and the sound taking a while to bed in, it wasn’t long before Wannabe had the audience singing along and dancing in the aisles.  Opening with the dynamic Wannabe song, the anthem for the band and their first big hit, the band went onto to deliver a night of Girl Power songs including the lively Spice Up Your Life and the risqué Do It which had some interesting dance moves choreographed for the young male dance crew to enact involving phallic appendices, needless to say, it had the desired effect of whipping up the audience which were very interactive anyway throughout the whole show.  Other numbers including Stop, Too Much, Never Give Up On The Good Times, Move Over, Saturday Night Divas, Who Do You Think You Are? plus many more.  A real treat included a medley of Girl Power songs such as Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves, We Are Family, Celebrate, It’s Raining Men and Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – all party anthems aimed at creating a real party night which is exactly what the atmosphere felt like.  The audience were out of their seats, many moved downstairs to stand up and dance and they clamoured for three encores to end the night on a high not only for the band and crew but for all those who had gone to let their hair down and reminisce for the heady days of Spice Mania!  Wannabe really are the ultimate Girl Power Night Out experience.

It is best to dress up in either leopard print, sportswear, baby doll, Union Jack print or that little black dress and go in a group to get the authentic Spice Girl atmosphere!

4 stars

Carol Lovatt

4 Stars on Tue, 01 May 2018

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