The Saturdays promised a party when their greatest hits tour arrived in Sheffield – and that’s what they delivered.
From the start of the five-minute countdown, the excitement level in a near-capacity City Hall was raised, reaching fever pitch as the announcement came over the loudspeakers that ‘Sats Air is ready to depart’.
Six male dancers dressed as pilots took to the floor, before the stars of the show rose at the back of the tiered stage for opening song and new single What are you Waiting For.
Dressed in glitzy silver and gold outfits, the five of Frankie Bridge, Una Foden, Rochelle Humes, Mollie King and Vanessa White seemed delighted to be back on tour after a couple of years away.
With beaming smiles, the girls tore through their back catalogue of singles, including top-10 hits Up, Notorious and Ego and a medley of tracks including 30 Days, Wildfire and Missing You, while last year’s top-five smash Disco Love incorporated parts of Stayin’ Alive and Baby One More Time, complete with Rochelle in a Britney Spears-inspired catsuit.
The girls certainly know how to work a crowd, with plenty of cheeky smiles and waves to members of the audience, as well as constantly thanking ‘the best fans in the world’ for their support since the band first single six years ago, Una saying: “We have been together quite a while, but the years have flown by. It’s been quite an amazing few years for us and we have you to thank for that.”
Mollie was particularly inspired by having members of her family in the crowd – at one point leading the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to her gran, which brought a tear to her relative the day before her 90th birthday.
A beautiful rendition of Issues, led by the talented Vanessa and accompanied by fans’ pictures on the big screen behind the group, preceded the final costume change as the girls reappeared in firefighter-inspired outfits for All Fired Up and the set-closer, What About Us, the band’s only number one single among more than a dozen top-10 hits.
It may have been a greatest hits tour promoting a greatest hits collection after more than 20 singles and five studio albums in just six years, but the quintet are keen to reiterate it is not the end of the band. With such a strong fanbase, it is easy to believe them.