Review: JLS, Newcastle Arena

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CHART-TOPPERS JLS promise to take fans to the fourth dimension with their latest tour.

Though I’m not quite sure what’s meant by this, what was delivered was a dazzling display of aerial acrobatics, impressive graphics and some pretty nifty footwork.

I’m not the biggest fan of these purveyors of urban pop, but my nine-year-old niece Amy is and, at her request, I took her along to review the show.

To be fair to the lads, they put on a cracking show, starting with a bang by descending on to a centre circle stage in futuristic white suits.

What followed was a punchy, energy-charged foray into their biggest hits from the dancy Club is Alive to the more pared-down number Take a Chance on Me.

Little did I realise that Aston was the most popular member of this quartet, but every hip thrust and wave from this lithe performer drew ear-piercing screams of glee from the mostly teenybopper crowd.

Though lyrics such as “I wanna love in 3D, I’m gonna turn you on just like a TV” are never going to set your world alight, each number was a perfectly crafted piece of slick pop – the kind you expect from a boyband at the top of their game.

Even I have to admit to tapping my foot along to the annoyingly infectious Beat Again and swaying (a bit) to One Shot.

One of the most impressive turns was when they took on Labrinth’s Earthquake, suspended high above the stage on wires, flying and fleeing about like some kind of modern-day Peter Pans.

Of course, no JLS gig would be complete without their trademark navel-grazing, man cleavage T-shirts which were out on force – much to the delight of the sea of outstretched arms which clamoured after them.

I’m not sure that the crotch-grabbing was appropriate for such a young crowd, but the lads are obviously doing something right – in three years they’ve gone from being reality TV hopefuls to a band capable of packing an arena and putting on a show to remember no matter what your musical tastes.