REVIEW: Showaddywaddy at The Spring Arts Centre in Havant

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Squeezing six members of Showaddywaddy on to the small stage at The Spring may have been a bit of a challenge but it didn’t stop the band demonstrating some of their moves to the audience crammed into this hot little venue.

The cartwheels and forward-rolls that caught the attention of the voting public on New Faces in 1973 may have been absent, as were a number of the original members, but the current line-up knows how to create a lively atmosphere.

A number of ’50s and ’60s classics were covered as were most of the hits. Early on we heard I Wonder Why, and later You’ve got what it takes, Angel Eyes and When.

Their 1974 single Hey Mr Christmas supported the festive theme and the set closed with plenty of participation from the tinsel-clad audience during Three Steps to Heaven and their biggest hit, Under the Moon of Love. The encore was a raucous rendition of Hey Rock and Roll, with most of the overheated audience bouncing and punching the air.

Showaddywaddy may not be the epitome of cool but they know how to leave an audience with smiles on their faces.