Little Mix at The O2, Dublin – Review
Little Mix at The O2 – June 8th
RNB-pop act Little Mix played at the O2 arena last night to a glitzy, neon filled crowd of teeny-boppers, many young children and their parents from all across Ireland. Little Mix were the winners of X-Factor in 2011 and consist of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall. Usually X-Factor winners disappear into oblivion soon after their win, but not Little Mix.
It looks like their career is sky rocketing with two hit albums under their belts ‘DNA’ (2012) and ‘Salute’ (2013). The latest album was described as “like a dip in a pool of Skittles: tacky, sugary and brilliantly indulgent” by The Guardian amongst other positive reviews, so it is hard not to be curious about the act. They even made it into the impossible to break US charts with a top 5 album, proof that Little Mix are fast becoming the next world-leading, all-female pop act.
Squeals echoed all around our heads, neon and glitter flying through the air, and suddenly the gigantic ‘leggy’ backdrop fell. Zipping into the arena via wires, the ladies kicking off with latest hit ‘Salute’ to a tribal backdrop, which was very slick. Male dancers fawned all over them with rippling biceps, while doing back flips, somersaults and an array of futuristic shapes.
During ‘Nothing Feels Like You’ the crowd went bonkers throughout, it was a young dancers dream and it was very amusing to watch the kids dancing around like wild Indians. Then Perrie wanted to tell us a story for ‘About the Boy’ and Jade thanked us for helping them with ‘Change Your Life’. Flames burned into the air, then during ‘DNA’ they showcased a maturer side to their sound, while dressed in Matrix-styled leather, smoke bellowing around them.
Showing off a gritty and edgier side to their sounds, they played a cover of ‘Dark Horse’ by Katy Perry and move onto their next set from the sugar pop ‘Mr Loverboy’ towards a grand assortment of their favourite hits – ‘Talk Dirty’, ‘Niggas in Paris’, ‘Run The World’ (Girls), allowing them to show off their indulgent side. It was like a catwalk of fashion styles and sensational music – much sexier than their innocent sugary-pop style of 2012. Their sets were full of costume changes from tribal suits, shimmering gowns, funky street wear to black chiffon ensembles.
For the encore ‘Wings’ ended the night against a backdrop of their story within the music world to date. What a journey it has been for Little Mix! They are proving to be more than just eye-candy, they are brimming with talent and certainly will move towards world domination within their musical genre.
Review by Aine Byrne