Gallery/video: Review - Big Reunion stars Blue, at the Ipswich Regent, November 4

Band Blue are performing at the Regent in Ipswich. Blue fans gather before the performance. Left to

Band Blue are performing at the Regent in Ipswich. Blue fans gather before the performance. Left to right, Jean and Megan Podd. - Credit: Archant

Fresh from their Big Reunion success, Blue arrived in Ipswich tonight to be greeted by a heroes welcome.

Excited fans, their passion reawakened after seeing Antony Costa, Duncan James, Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe perform alongside the likes of Atomic Kitten, 5ive, 911 and Liberty X on the Big Reunion, packed into the auditorium ready for a trip back to the noughties.

Famed for hits including All Rise, One Love and Get Down on It, R&B act Blue were one of the top boybands of the early 2000s and I presumed the audience would reflected this - but surprisingly there were women of all ages excitedly waiting for the Blue boys to arrive.

There were screams of delight as the boys took to the stage and launched into their first song - We’ve Got Tonight.

It was an energetic start, and 14 years after they first burst onto the UK music scene, it was an impressive effort.

The classic boy band dance routines took us back. And then after some more recent hits they took us right back with All Rise, generally considered to be there signature tune, and Too Close.

Next up was Little Black Box, which showed a slightly more grown up side to the band, although they were clearly less comfortable with this rockier material.

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The biggest surprise of the night was their rendition of Signed, Sealed, Delivered, which showed the range in Duncan and Lee’s voice.

I missed out on tickets to the Big Reunion, but tonight I had my dose of nostalgic, poptastic fun. And once again the intimate feel of the Regent made it much more memorable than a trip to a packed out O2 would have been - even if the lighting and backing music was more suited to a bigger stage.

Thanks for coming to Ipswich Blue, perhaps some of your fellow come-back stars will follow suit and give us another blast of the past.

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Natalie Sadler