REVIEW: Blue, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X and Bewitched in The Big Reunion Tour, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

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REWIND the clock to more than a decade ago and double denim, back-flips and boy bands ruled the charts.

Seven of the best from that era rose from the music ashes for The Big Reunion tour - a spin off from the ITV2 show which took a fond look back at the bands’ halcyon days of pop glory.

Atomic Kitten

Atomic Kitten

Welcome to the stage Blue, Liberty X, 911, B*witched, Five, Atomic Kitten and The Honeyz.

The show was a surprise hit for the TV channel and I was equally shocked by the sold out gig - it was one of the best I’ve been to this year!

You can’t beat a bit of nostalgia and the crowd lapped up the novelty of seeing these old skool performers.

One of the most hotly-anticipated acts was 911 and the trio didn’t disappoint with a rousing rendition of their charmingly cheesy track Body Shakin’.

Despite their advancing years, the band gave the audience what they wanted: their trademark back flips. Though one 911’er seemed to land awkwardly, the crowd went wild for their man band acrobatics.

Indeed, this was one of the most enthusiastic crowds I’ve been part of in a long time. Maybe it was the sunshine, maybe it was the fact it was a Bank Holiday or maybe it was the fact that this was a concert with back-to-back good pop music.

Street cred went out of the window as we all sang along and swayed to Blame it On the Weatherman by B*witched - though the band weren’t in enough denim for my liking. I wanted to see them clad head-to-toe in double denim instead of the jackets which only hinted at their ‘iconic’ sartorial style.

Blue too had the audience in the palm of their hand as they belted out All Rise and One Love.

Newcastle is one of the few dates on the tour that the four-piece are performing on but they certainly helped to make the gig one to remember.

The Honeyz, on the other hand, were less entertaining and put in a rather lack lustre performance.

They were the only low point in an otherwise thoroughly energetic show.

Local lass Michelle Heaton seemed genuinely touched to be given such a warm welcome back to the touring scene as Liberty X launched into Just a Little complete with memorable PVC outfits.

Surprisingly, the biggest cheers of the night were reserved for Kerry Katona, who performed with Atomic Kitten. The screaming decibel levels went through the roof as she sang her parts in Tide is High and Whole Again.

She wasn’t the best singer or dancer of the night but she was certainly one of the most passionate.

For one night only, I felt like a teenager again.

And judging by the buzz, banner waving and mass karaoke around me so did all the other 30-somethings.