Blue played to crowds at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai on Friday November 13
A riving on stage 90 minutes later than scheduled is bound to leave concert-goers feeling a little Blue – especially when they’ve coughed up Dhs240 a ticket for a trip down memory lane (and to see a British boyband that hasn’t had a top ten hit since 2005). But surprisingly, fans of the noughties group seemed to be in a forgiving mood, dancing along to the warm-up music while eagerly waiting for the band to hit the Emirates Golf Club’s stage. (The patience of the audience may have been down to the pre-gig brunches some appeared to have attended.) But by the time Lee Ryan, Duncan James, Antony Costa and Simon Webb finally graced the stage – all dressed in dapper jackets and jeans unlike their earlier days of tank tops and leather jackets – excitement levels were high. The group opened with the pop-anthem hit All Rise, which had the crowd singing along in unison and continued as the lads belted out a set list that included Too Close, One Love and Fly By II.
An air of nostalgia lingered as the group performed some classic dance moves on stage and reminisced with fans – who most likely grew up with Blue posters on their bedroom walls – about their glory days and more recently becoming parents.
Despite having found fame almost 15 years ago (their anniversary is next year) and a having only recently returned from a hiatus to focus on solo projects, the band seemed closer than ever, and looked like they were enjoying the show as much as their fans.
Overall, the gig was a crowd-pleaser, with enough new material to renew interest, but enough classic tracks to keep the audience singing along all night.
The bottom line The Brit pack took fans back in time with an engaging performance.