Review: Boyzone and The Saturdays - Hopetoun House

The torrential rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the crowd eager to see Boyzone and The Saturdays at Hopetoun House last night. Despite the Scottish summer showing its true, wet colours, the enthusiastic audience were decked out in a colourful array of rainwear and ready to party.

Singing their hits "Ego", "Higher" and "Missing You" live, The Saturdays effortlessly showcased why they are currently Britain's biggest girl group. If anyone was in doubt of their vocal prowess their wonderful cover of Aloe Blacc's "I Need a Dollar" sent those doubts packing. The Saturdays are undoubtedly an excellent vocal group, not just an average girl band. They look great, sound fantastic and Frankie even turned her hand to mopping the soggy stage with a towel! Their next single "All Fired Up" is sure to be another hit if the reaction from this audience is anything to go by. By the time Boyzone took to the stage the audience had reached saturation point. The rain hadn’t let up for even a moment since the gates opened but the waiting was long forgotten as soon as the first notes of “Too Late for Hallelujah” rang out. It was impossible to get any wetter, or any drier, but no one cared once Shane, Mikey, Keith and Ronan appeared to a rapturous welcome from the crowd. As they came down the steps towards the front of the stage the crowd pulsed with energy. Hands held high into the torrential rain, the audience revelled in their energetic performance.

Playing a mix of their best loved hits "Love me for a Reason", "No Matter What", "Words", recent hits "Love You Anyway" and "Gave it All Away" blended with some of Ronan Keating's solo successes there was plenty to keep the audience bouncing in the rain. Boyzone have grown up together and their camaraderie on stage is a joy to watch. As the first without Stephen Gately, the Brother tour has been bittersweet for the band and fans al ike but their well selected set-list, successful album and delighted audience proves that there’s still more to come from Boyzone. The show ended with a spectacular fireworks display and the rain finally eased as the fireworks burst over the stage illuminating the muddy ground and happy fans. Hopetoun House certainly know how to put on a fantastic show.

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