Review: Blue at Portsmouth Guildhall

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You could be forgiven for thinking you were at a One Direction concert. Presented with their frenzied fanbase, the Guildhall almost struggled to cope with the hype for Blue.

Kicking off their UK tour, the man-band opened the show with King of the World in dapper grey suits. It may be 14 years since their debut single All Rise was released, but Lee Ryan, Duncan James, Simon Webbe and Antony Costa still have what it takes to drive the girls crazy with those in the stalls racing to the stage from the first note.

There was a lot of promotion for new album, Colours, which will no doubt be a hit.

However, their earlier works were the clear crowd favourites. Breathe Easy, Too Close and One Love were particularly popular but I was not a fan of the musical arrangements – all were made to sound more jazz-like and this simply didn’t work.

Vocally, Simon and Duncan were the strongest. Lee hit his famous high notes but somewhat inconsistently, not that this mattered to his horde of screaming fans. Sometimes the incessant squawks from the audience made it difficult to hear the vocals at all.

Blue are back and popular as ever.