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The Saturdays at Scarborough Open Air Theatre

The Saturdays
With support from Bo Bruce & Conor Maynard
Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Friday 23rd August 2013

By Charlotte Keighley

Following the 'I heart the Sats' t-shirts into the Open Air Theatre, I was in no doubt that the crowd were not going to let the cooler weather spoil their fun this evening. No surprises that the majority of the crowd was made up of young girls. This evening was most definitely ladies' night.

Opening act Bo Bruce, known for being a contestant on The Voice UK, opens with songs from her album 'Before I Sleep'. Her songs show her technical ability, definitely likening her to Sinead O'Connor or Sarah McLachlan. 'Charlie Brown' started with a technical problem where Bo had two songs playing in her ear piece, she laughed it off saying 'it's not a good thing to happen when you're standing in front of a crowd'; she didn't let that stop her otherwise faultless performance. Thanking her musicians Grant & Sam (Drums and Guitar/Piano), she performed 'Save Me,' the first single off her album. After 'Echoes,' the final song in her set, she gratefully appealed to the crowd saying, 'come to a gig soon, I'm Bo Bruce.' I'll definitely be checking out more of her material.

Bo Bruce

Bo Bruce

Bo Bruce

Bo Bruce

Bo Bruce

'YouTube Sensation' Conor Maynard had the crowd screaming and up on their feet, young girls running to the barrier, screaming and waving. 'The UK's Justin Bieber' looking every bit the young heartthrob, Conor was energetic and ready to get the crowd dancing. Entertaining the crowd with hits such as 'Lift Off', 'Vegas Girl', 'Mary Go Round' and 'Pictures,' proving he's up there with his contemporaries and asking the crowd to take photos, post them on twitter and he might follow them - which was met by excited outbursts. Telling the audience he started by uploading videos to YouTube from his home in Brighton, saying 'how do you guys feel about getting intimate with me?' was met with shrieks of approval, followed by a stripped down version of Swedish House Mafia's 'Don't You Worry Child' accompanied by guitar. Then, lifting the energy of the crowd by performing a cover of the Pharrell & Daft Punk hit 'Get Lucky,' Conor says he was 'lucky to work with Pharrell on his first album' - an amazing experience for him. 'Glass Girl' reminded me of the Justin Timberlake hit 'Cry Me A River.' This has the young teens in the crowd sighing and swooning. Finishing his set with 'Can't Say No' and his hit 'Turn Around' the crowd were on their feet clapping and dancing. As a warm-up for main act The Saturdays, this set went down a storm with the assembled audience.

Conor Maynard

Conor Maynard

Conor Maynard

Conor Maynard

Conor Maynard

Conor Maynard

Conor Maynard

Conor Maynard

The entrance of The Saturdays (reduced to four for this event; Frankie being pregnant and advised against touring at this time) meant phones in the air taking pictures, as they entered the stage singing 'What About Us,' looking sassy and immediately getting most of the crowd up dancing. Fan favorites 'Work' and 'Just Can't Get Enough' meant if people were sat down they didn't stay there for long, screaming and singing along. '30 Days' saw hands, glow sticks and lights in the air, really bringing the party atmosphere, and sustaining it through a cavalcade of upbeat pop hits. Slowing it down with their early hit 'Issues,' with Una on guitar, showcased their harmonies nicely.

With any live performance there's the potential for the odd glitch, with Rochelle being bitten by a mosquito partway through, though not letting it break her stride; Mollie then losing her voice, meaning there was a quick change to the arrangement and Rochelle performing Mollie's verse. 'Ego' proves a crowd favorite, Vanessa commenting that Mollie's now husky voice is 'bringing out the rock chick in her' to which Mollie replied 'maybe Barry White!'  'Get Ready Get Set', which is Mollies favorite to perform, saw them promise the crowd, 'where she can't sing, she'll make up for it in dance moves.'
After 'My Heart Takes Over' they acknowledge one enthusiastic dancing gent in the audience, who was 'having his moment', trying to get the spotlight on him and yelling 'I'm here!' much to the amusement of all.

'Forever is Over' sees the crowd still dancing, helping to keep them warm as the cooler evening closes in with the threat of rain. Their final song is 'What About Us' - introducing it as 'the last song and their best song'. Everyone in the crowd (not a sell-out event but a healthy throng nonetheless) and the Saturdays themselves had embraced the party atmosphere of the evening. The Saturdays brought their brand of sassy dance moves and catchy songs and gave everyone an entertaining show; I didn't see a single person there without a smile on their face and even the most begrudging, 'chaperoning' audience members were tapping their feet.

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

 

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