Review: Manchester Evening News Arena

A review of the 'Here Come The Girls' concert at the Manchester Evening News Arena taken from the 'City Life' website:

Back for another run following the success of last year’s Britain-wide jaunts, diminutive Sixties icon Lulu once again turned to gal pal, mega-voiced songstress Anastasia for Here Come The Girls.

Only this time they were joined by our very own soulful diva, Heather Small of M People (taking over from Chaka Khan).

With the Arena awash with pink tiaras the trio took to the stage to the strains of... yep, you guessed it, Here Come The Girls.

They rose from underneath the stage, making their grand entrance complete by transitioning (initially messily) into I’m Every Woman – setting the scene for a two-hour party and getting the crowd on their feet from the outset.

And, although the divas are orchestrating things from the stage, the audience needed no encouragement to get into the celebratory spirit.

The girls sang backing vocals on each others’ well-known numbers, delivering such sing-along classics as Moving On Up and Relight My Fire as though they’d been singing them since their inception.

Anastasia managed to reach every corner of the arena with her soulful voice, while Lulu shows no sign of aging – particularly apparent on her passionate cover of Duffy’s retro-sounding hit Mercy.

She’s not as outgoing as her fellow divas, but Heather Small’s earthy vocals fit in perfectly.

Once again hearing her belt out much-loved singles from her M People days is a joy. Medleys of Motown and disco hits, even a somewhat misjudged string of Lady Gaga songs, all keep the atmosphere going, before the Arena fully erupts when Lulu begins her inimitable intro to Shout.

Closing with a mass singalong of Robbie Williams’ Angels, the girls came, saw and conquered.