LIVE REVIEW: Little Mix – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Little Mix are undoubtedly the worlds biggest girl group right now (sorry Fifth Harmony) and Australia’s love affair with this four piece began in 2012 when their debut single “Wings” topped the charts. Fast track to 2017 and the girls are still together and stronger than ever with their fourth studio album “Glory Days” being one of their most successful yet. They’ve just kicked off their world tour and they gave Brisbane one of the fiercest pop shows that we’ve seen in a long time.
Opening with recent single “Power” the girls exploded on stage with a epic dance number that reminded the crowd that they aren’t just vocalists. The brief 60 minute show saw them not wasting much time with banter and got straight into some for their biggest hits and some crowd favourites. “Black Magic”, “Salute”, “Down & Dirty” and “Hair” were early favourites that had the whole arena on their feet dancing and screaming the lyrics. They then stripped it back for “Secret Love Song” which they dedicated to the LGBT community in honour of the current situation in America where Trump is trying to take away Transgender rights to serve their country in the Army. It was a beautiful minimalistic moment which saw the whole arena come together in support. After that little tear-jerker moment they then uplifted the crowd with the break up anthem “No More Sad Songs” before getting sassy in “You Gotta Not”. They then closed out the show with the mega hits “Wings”, “Touch” and “Shout Out To My Ex” leaving you feeling like you really needed and deserved more. The shows length was shorter than their tour last year, their banter was also less involved and hits like “Move”, “How Ya Doing” and “DNA” were noticeably missing. However the production was bigger with a massive LCD screen providing cool visuals while back up dancers, pyrotechnics, fireworks and confetti added to the theatrical elements. This year they only had one costume change and along with the short setlist I couldn’t help but question why the effort for this tour seemed a lot less than the last time. However the girls were on point throughout the whole show and gave you flawless vocals and choreography that had you wishing you were apart of their girl group.
Next time they tour though is it too much to ask for a 90 minute show and a full live band to enhance their live sound because I think it’s about time they stop singing over backing tracks.