Noughties but nice! Pop veterans Blue, Blazin’ Squad and 5ive enjoy a nostalgia-fest at east end nightclub as they perform secret gig – for 24 fans
Nostalgia was top of the bill on Sunday evening as aging boybands Blue, Blazin’ Squad and 5ive performed at a secret gig in London.
The three pop groups surprised partygoers at east end nightclub MOTH during a special fan event arranged and presented by sofa-in-a box brand Snug.
The event gave 24 super-fans the opportunity to watch them perform a string of greatest hits before meeting all three groups in person.
Here we go: Nostalgia was top of the bill on Sunday evening as aging boybands Blue, Blazin’ Squad and 5ive performed a secret gig for 24 fans at MOTH nightclub London
Blue – Antony Costa, Lee Ryan, Duncan James and Simon Webbe – delighted guests with classic tracks from their early-noughties heyday, shortly before confirming they will release a new album later this year.
Meanwhile 5ive – now a mere three-piece featuring Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson and Sean Conlon – also made a game attempt at recapturing some of their early-noughties magic.
The group, who performed without original band-members Abs Love and Jason ‘J’ Brown, previously crossed paths with Blue in 2013 for ITV show The Big Reunion, where they were joined by Liberty X and Atomic Kitten.
Rounding off the bill, the once 14-strong Blazin’ Squad were reduced to just four members – among them former Love Island contesting Marcel Somerville – while working their way through some of their early hits.
Old times: (LR) Blue band members Antony Costa, Simon Webbe, Lee Ryan and Duncan James in 2001
When 5ive became three: (LR) Ritchie Neville, Sean Conlon and Scott Robinson were onstage without former 5ive band-members Abs Love and Jason ‘J’ Brown
Back in the day: (LR) Abs Love, Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson, Sean Conlon and Jason ‘J’ Brown following their emergence in the late 1990s
Blue are poised to return with new LP Heart & Soul, their first original production in seven years, on September 9.
Sharing a video of themselves to social media, the boys explained that their new album is available for pre-order, while also confirming they have delayed their comeback tour.
The tour – originally scheduled for September 2022 – was initially set to mark two decades since the 2001 release of their chart-topping debut album, All Rise, but has now been pushed back to December.
In a statement, Blue’s representatives confirmed: ‘Due to some very exciting plans to be announced in due course, Blue have had to move back their tour a few months.
‘Special guests are due to be announced and all tickets purchased previously will remain valid for the new date.’
Meet us at the crossroads: Rounding off the bill, the once 14-strong Blazin’ Squad were reduced to four members – among them Love Island contesting Marcel Somerville (far left)
Rough and ready: Blazin’ Squad pose for a red carpet photo during their weekend in 2003
All rise: One of the 24 guests in attendance raised a glass as she let her hair down on Sunday
The band formed in 2000, going on to release three studio albums titled All Rise, One Love and Guilty.
After announcing a hiatus in 2004, Duncan, Antony, Lee and Simon released their first compilation album, Best Of Blue.
They first reunited in January 2011 and represented the UK in that year’s Eurovision Song Contest, coming in 11th place after a performance of I Can in Dusseldorf.
They went on to release two more studio albums, their fourth Roulette in 2013 and their fifth Colors in 2015.
Take a seat: With just 24 guests in attendance there was no shortage of places to sit on Sunday