Review: Liverpool Echo Arena

A review of the 'Here Come The Girls' concert at the Echo Arena, Liverpool taken from the Liverpool Echo Website:

Lulu, Anastacia and M People’s Heather Small are not an obvious trio to tour together, but throw in some girly anthems and you’ve got a show.

It’s the smallest audience I’ve seen at the Echo Arena, and the two-hour set is not flawless.

The choreography isn’t impressive, they miss cues and forgotten lines are laughed off – but nobody seems to mind.

The girls give the audience three rules: stand up if you want to, have fun and dance. The threesome’s big voices, big personalities and big hits ensure these rules are obeyed.

Most of the audience are on their feet from the off, enjoying Relight My Fire, I’m Every Woman and Signed, Sealed, Delievered I’m Yours, as well as numerous other songs that would be perfect for a Bridget Jones soundtrack.

It is that kind of night – a “dancing round your handbag with the girls” kind of night, although there are many smiling male faces in the crowd.

Dressed in skin-tight leather and diamonds, the ladies on stage might have something to do with that – Lulu with her age-defying blonde flicks, a dramatically slimmed down Heather and a voluptuous, tanned Anastacia.

At times, Heather seems distracted dancing around in her own little world, and she admits she doesn’t talk as much as the other two.

Her singing, however, is on top form and it’s her version of The Zutons’ Valerie that finally gets the Arena audience going into full swing.

The three keep the momentum going with M People’s One Night in Heaven and Rolling on a River.

The tracks are eclectic, to say the least, bouncing from the Bee Gees’ Night Fever to Pink’s Get the Party Started, Motown’s Dancing in the Street to the Black Eyed Peas’ I Got a Feeling.

The stand-out moments of the show included Lulu’s energetic performance of Shout, which she first performed when she was 15, and a Lady Gaga medley.

The tracks on the set list are as different from each other as the three voices singing them – but somehow the entire performance all fits into place.

We know the songs and we certainly know those voices – put them together and you’ve got yourself an unlikely but enjoyable show.

Well done, the girls 4/5