Little Mix brought the party to Australia last week on their ‘Get Weird’ tour, wowing their local Mixers with their superb vocal talent, repertoire of power pop anthems and adorable British charm.
Supported by Australian internet sensation – and former ‘X Factor’ favourite – Jai Waetford, the predominantly young female crowd were dancing and singing along from start to finish.
The comparisons have to be made, Little Mix are a nice modern throwback to the “girl power” of the Spice Girls, whereas Jai Waetford is undoubtedly being positioned as the Australian Justin Bieber – even performing the Bieb’s No.1 hit “’Love Yourself’.
Prior to catching Mr Waetford’s set, I had written him off, after remembering his time on ‘X Factor’ in 2013 where he placed third behind Taylor Henderson and Eurovision star Dami Im. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Jai is the real deal.
Appearing to be an experienced live act, Jai worked the room, premiering his new sound from his upcoming ‘Heart Miles’ EP. Whether it was the slick R&B number ‘Shy’, the dance-infused ‘Nights We Won’t Remember’ or the current single ‘Living Not Dreaming’, the crowd was bopping along to every song.
I was particularly impressed by his cover of Chris Brown’s ‘Back To Sleep’, showing his development as an artist and polished demeanor in a choreographed routine with his two back-up dancers.
Jai felt like a headliner and the party only continued from there with an intermission of undeniable party bangers such as ‘Single Ladies’, ‘Dynamite’ and the ‘Macarena’.
The entire arena was on their feet leading up to Little Mix… I can honestly say I’d never been so pumped up for a concert in my life.
The four sex kittens of Little Mix opened the show by strutting down a twenty step stage, asking the crowd if they were ready to “Get Weird” and were then stripped down to black lingerie by their four male back up dancers. I was not expecting that!
The confidence and sex appeal of the UK winners of ‘X Factor 2011’ only complemented, and did not detract from, their incredible live show, which was also assisted by impressive lighting, hypnotic choreography, hilarious banter and ridiculous vocal talent.
I’m talking powerful diva notes on par with Mariah, Beyonce and Christina. Seriously impressive.
Despite not even really knowing many Little Mix songs previously, the set list felt like hit after hit after hit. Every song is infectious party pop designed to make you dance and sing along, reminiscent of 2000s British group the Sugababes.
Starting strong with ‘Get Weird’ album track ‘Grown’, UK No.3 single ‘Move’ and the impressive new single ‘Hair’, the show already felt like it was at a climax four songs in, with the crowd holding their phones alight for ‘Change Your Life’.
The girls then challenged the crowd to sing at the top of their lungs.
We sang the entire intro of ‘Wings’ acapella before Little Mix launched into their triple platinum hit. Delivered with so much punch, the songs sound better live than on the radio. The intensity finally slowed down on the Jason Derulo collaboration ‘Secret Love Song’ with the crowd alight once again.
A Beyonce mashup of ‘Crazy In Love’ and ‘Ring The Alarm’, followed by girl power anthem ‘Salute’, got the crowd in a dancing frenzy, during which they told the Sydney fans that they were showing off, “first with your singing and now your dancing skills!”
The gorgeous Brits played with the crowd, asking the guys to chant “lads on tour!” and the girls to bring the sass in saying “hey girlfriend”. As corny as it was, they pulled it off.
The girls then spoke about the beautiful inspiring messages they get from their fans for their track ‘Little Me’; the audience belting every word.
De La Soul sampled ‘How Ya Doin’ was a big hit with the crowd, during which they also hit up a little bit of ‘Hotline Bling’.
‘Love Me Like You’ was a refreshing addition to the show (with the retro sounds of “sha-la-la”), before they closed the show with the UK No.1 ‘Black Magic’.
With Little Mix absolutely rocking Australia last week, I can now understand why the ‘Get Weird’ tour is the UK’s highest selling of 2016 thus far.
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