Review: Blue, Ipswich Regent, April 8

Blue, at the Ipswich Regent last night

Blue, at the Ipswich Regent last night - Credit: Archant

Unlike Monday’s footballing disappointing with our hometown Blues, the boyband Blue certainly weren’t a let down last night at the Ipswich Regent.

Belting out both classics from their greatest hits and new sounds from their current album, Colours, Blue brought the Regent to life to a packed out audience.

Mostly made up of fans from their first time around (15 years ago!), the audience definitely had a more mature feel for the boyband - or should that now be manband? And that was certainly reflected in a more grown-up, Motown sound with songs such as “King of the World” and covers including “I Don’t Wanna Talk About It” and “Get Down On It”.

Funny, charming and entertaining - Lee, Anthony, Simon and Duncan had the crowd in the palm of their hand from the moment they stepped on stage before departing with the classic “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”.

Press reports out this week confirm that they’ve parted ways with Sony, their record label, and that must have been weighing on their minds - not that they showed it, demonstrating true professionalism despite a uncertain future. And judging by the crowd reaction last night, and their genuinely soulful voices, they’ve still got a long and successful career ahead of them.

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Emma Noye

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