LAST SHOW CANCELLED

The final show of the 'Here Come The Girls' 2010 tour, due to take place in Belfast, was cancelled earlier today. 

From the Belfast venue website:

'Unfortunately following her arrival in Belfast earlier today Anastasia has been taken ill and following consultation with doctors will not be able to perform tonight. 

Regrettably as a result tonight's Here Come The Girls show at the Odyssey Arena has been cancelled. 

Anastasia, Lulu, Heather and the promoters apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

Full ticket refunds are available from the point of purchase.'

Anastacia also posted an apology on Twitter:

'I am So VERY Sorry that I had to cancel the show!! Upper respiratory infection and doctor suggested not to risk singing'

http://www.odysseyarena.com/here-come-the-girls.html

Review: Sheffield City Hall

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A review of the 'Here Come The Girls' concert at the Sheffield City Hall taken from the 'South Yorkshire - The Star' website:

They sang Get The Party Started – and three self-styled divas did, in style.

Lulu, Heather Small from M People and Anastacia let rip and rocked a packed venue that didn't take much persuading to get up and dance all night.

The show is named after the song that inspired all those Boots adverts and the opening graphics paid them a wry homage, with pictures of women getting ready to go out, and groups of women out for a great night out made up most of the audience.

The show was slick and glitzy - the only thing bigger than the singers' voices was the killer high heels they strutted around in - and the trio belted out hit after hit of great dance music, backed by a slick band.

There were Motown, Lady Gaga and disco medleys, Relight My Fire, One Night in Heaven, Ain't Too Proud to Beg, even Itchycoo Park…

And everyone had their party pieces, with Anastacia belting out her hits I'm Outta love and Left Outside Alone and performing a great version of the power ballad Empire State of Mind. We got fabulous versions of Valerie and Search for the Hero from Heather.

But Lulu, whose voice was in fantastic form in solos Mercy and her song To Sir With Love, was the one who brought the house down with her signature tune, Shout.

Actually, the audience's performance of the final line of the song was so loud that she ended up sitting down on stage in amazement, telling us we were crazy.

A great night, which ended with an encore of Robbie Williams' Angels and one last chance for a mass sing-along.

We really got the Christmas party started!

http://www.thestar.co.uk/music/REVIEW--Here-Come-the.6655626.jp

Review: Portsmouth Guildhall

A review of the 'Here Come The Girls' concert at the Portsmouth Guildhall taken from the 'Portsmouth Today News' website:

After the success of the Christmas 2009 tour, Here Come The Girls returned to Portsmouth and delivered a package of glitz and glam. 
It opened with Lulu, Anastasia and new recruit Heather Small all clad in black leather, belting out I'm Every Woman. 

The stage had a classic Sixties retro vibe and solid voices turned the air into a rip-roaring chorus of fantastic harmonies - and as a trio they gelled perfectly.

Great songs entertained such as Relight My Fire, One Night In Heaven and One Day In Your Life.

The backing group gave them all they could ask, and more. 

The girls had three rules: stand up, have fun and dance with a capital D!

Well, we all happily stood and danced away the evening. Loud applause came from around the venue, along with plenty of encouraging whistles. 

A good turnout despite the weather - it may have been cold outside, but the temperature was turned up full-pelt inside.

The evening proved a mix of old and new, including Mercy from Lulu, Amy Winehouse's Valerie from Heather, and a terrific I'm Outta Love from Anastasia. Although all of small stature, there were no timid voices here!

A terrific celebration of sisterhood.

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/reviews/Here-Come-The-Girls.6651626.jp

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.

http://www.citylife.co.uk/news_and_reviews/reviews/10018876_review__here_come_the_girls___men_arena

Review: Brighton Centre

A review of the 'Here Come The Girls' concert at the Brighton Centre taken from the 'Latest 7' (weekly magazine for Brighton & Hove) website:

As fans settled into their seats that familiar jingle, Here Come the Girls, began to play evoking images of women flooding to Boots megastore. Instead, the audience were welcomed by 60s pop veteran Lulu, America’s Anastacia and M People’s Heather Small. This unlikely trio join talents to perform hits from the last four decades, including those of their own. Heather’s sonorous vocals were a pleasant return to the stage. Yet, Lulu is the star that cemented the three, bringing together a lively trio with voices to match their dynamic personalities. Not just a show designed for rowdy hen nights; there’s something here for everyone.

The Brighton Centre, November 28
4/5

http://thelatest.co.uk/7/review-here-come-the-girls

Christmas Baubles For Alder Hey Hospital

Heather Small, Lulu & Anastacia have signed Christmas baubles for Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital:

'Celebrities Line Up to help Cavern Walks Christmas Campaign'

Cavern Walks shopping centre has teamed up with a host of celebrities from across the UK to launch a Christmas campaign for Alder Hey Children's Hospital. The boutique shopping centre, located on Mathew Street, Liverpool, is donating a Christmas tree, complete with baubles each signed with a festive message from a celebrity.

The Christmas tree and baubles will be donated to Alder Hey Children's Hospital this December and will take pride of position for staff, patients and family to see in the cafeteria. Celebrities queuing up to sign the baubles include Gok Wan, who was in Liverpool this week to film Channel 4's Gok Fashion Fix, and Spice Girl Mel C, who is currently starring in Willy Russell's Blood Brothers at the Liverpool Empire Theatre.

Derek Millar, Commercial Director at Cavern Walks, said of the charity campaign: 'Cavern Walks is very excited to team up with Alder Hey Children's Hospital for our Christmas Campaign. Celebrities have been very generous so far. Not only is the donation going to a fantastic cause, but it is also festive and fun for everyone visiting the hospital to enjoy.' Other celebrities who are generously supporting the campaign include cast members of Hollyoaks and Britain's Got Talent dance troupe Diversity.

http://www.imagineappeal.com/News/

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

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-entertainment/echo-entertainment/2010/11/26/review-here-come-the-girls-echo-arena-100252-27720348/

Tour Starts Tomorrow!

Heather Small, Lulu & Anastacia start their 'Here Come The Girls' tour tomorrow!

November 2010
Mon 22nd - Edinburgh - The Edinburgh Playhouse
Tues 23rd - Glasgow - Clyde Auditorium
Thurs 25th - Liverpool - Echo Arena
Fri 26th - Birmingham - National Indoor Arena
Sat 27th - Brighton - The Brighton Centre
Mon 29th - London - HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Tues 30th - London - HMV Hammersmith Apollo

December 2010
Thurs 2nd - Cardiff - Cardiff International Arena
Fri 3rd - Portsmouth - The Guildhall
Sat 4th - Bournemouth - Bournemouth International Centre
Mon 6th - Manchester - Manchester Evening News Arena
Tues 7th - Newcastle - Metro Radio Arena
Wed 8th - Sheffield - Sheffield City Hall
Fri 10th - Nottingham - Trent FM Arena
Sun 12th - Dublin - The 02 Dublin
Mon 13th - Belfast - Odyssey Arena

Tickets are still available for the tour. Follow the link for your chosen venue at:
http://www.mpeople-heathersmall.co.uk/tour-dates/4543828955

sight for sore eyes - reconstructed

M People's original record label Deconstruction Records have released their second 'Deconstruction Reconstructed' bundle today on iTunes. They are re-releasing songs that were originally released on the label.

'Sight For Sore Eyes' by M People features on the track list. Download on iTunes.

Win Tickets For The Liverpool Gig!

Win a pair of 'Here Come The Girls' 2010 tour tickets for the Liverpool gig. The show reaches the Echo Arena on Thursday 25th November.

To enter the competition visit:
http://www.echoarena.com/whats_on/competitions/here_come_the_girls_comp/index.asp

All you have to do is answer the question:
Heather Small was a past member of which successful British act?
A) M-People
B) N-People 

The competition closes on Monday 22nd November at 9am.

http://www.echoarena.com/whats_on/competitions/here_come_the_girls_comp/index.asp