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MKS at The Ritz

MKS at The Ritz

The original Sugababes packed the house with predominantly gay men and had us eating out of the palms of their hands from the outset! Teasing us with classic album track Promises, and officially opening with their first hit Overload, complete with the original routine: sitting on stools! But gone are the moody teenage girls and instead three women with huge smiles, taking in the rapturous welcome.

We know the history, so let's just talk music. New tracks No Regrets and Today are highlights, one of which is bound to be the next single. The cover of Lay Down In Swimming Pools in the encore brilliant too.

Classic Sugababes tracks Push The Button, Hole In The Head and Freak Like Me get the Siobhan treatment but it's on the stunning ballads Stronger and Too Lost In You that we really get to hear those wonderful harmonies.

Though the cheers manage to almost drown out Siobhan when she takes on Heidi's old lines! When singing acappella, the room was silent, complete with goosebumps and gasps of delight.

The atmosphere was truly fantastic. A loyal crowd, that like good music, who have waited a long time for this.

There are rumours of record company traumas after the disappointing charting of their first single as MKS, but we do hope we get the album soon.

They might not match the commercial success of Sugababes version 2 and 3, but think they will know that touring is where it's at. We can't wait for next time. The evening ends on the aforementioned Flatline ironically enough and we don't care about its chart position! It feels like it's the biggest hit they ever had judging by the reaction.

See you in '14.

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Published: 12-Nov-2013 (2172)

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