When the Spice Girls announced their Spice World Tour, I never in a million years dreamt that I’d get to go … let alone twice. Soon after the tickets went on sale, Mick bought us tickets for Coventry (we’re going there on Tuesday) for our 10th anniversary. That was amazing enough, but then he went and got us tickets for Manchester too.
I’d been in a giddy ball of excitement leading up to Wednesday (29th May), and not even a typical Northern downpour could put a damper on the night for me. Not only had Mick got more tickets, he’d got them for the Spice Circle at the front of the stage! There’s the main stage and then a semi-circular walkway and in between the two, there’s the Spice Circle (or Golden Circle).
Ok, so we were out in the elements, but we were able to get so bloody close to the Spice Girls that the rain didn’t seem to matter … even though we were absolutely drenched. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
I’d booked us parking relatively close to the Etihad Stadium and we got there early … really early. If I know I have to be somewhere then I have to be there hours ahead of time. We walked over to the Stadium as there were already quite a lot of people there. As we had premium tickets, we had a separate entrance and close to there was a covered area with food stalls, so we hung around there for a while.
We’d realised people were starting to queue at our entrance, so we braved the rain (with the help of a plastic poncho), and joined them. Despite the rain, everyone was in good spirits and we also got to hear the girls doing their sound check which made the excitement build up even more. The gates opened just after 5pm and it was bedlam. Grown men were shoving and pushing, eager to get in first so that wasn’t fun as I got bashed about a fair bit. Once we were through security, we had a little wander and made our way down to the Spice Circle. The trick with the Spice Circle is to get to the back of it as then you’re right next to the walkway and were lucky enough to get quite close to the barrier, although Mick had a better view than me as he’s a lot taller!
Jess Glynne is the support act on the tour and she got the crowd going with a selection of her hits. Now I hadn’t been that bothered about seeing her, but she was actually really good and didn’t let the rain spoil her performance.
Then there was a selection of pure 90s cheese (think Barbie Girl and B*Witched) as the dancers came out onto the walkway. Some were dressed representing each of the Spice Girls and by then the atmosphere was electric. It was around this point that we noticed some woman piss in a cup in the middle of the Spice Circle, so that was rank, but thankfully someone got the cup of piss out of the way. Seriously though, there were LOADS of toilets, so she was clearly just a scruffy mare lol.
As the ladies appeared up from underneath the middle of the walkway, it was surreal. Back when I was a 13yr old, in my platform trainers from Miss Selfridge, singing along to the likes of Wannabe and Say You’ll Be There (and imagining I’d marry David Beckham one day), I never imagined that I’d ever see them live. I can’t lie, teenage Angela was out in full force on Wednesday night and it was incredible.
Despite the fact there were some ignorant dicks who thought having umbrellas was fine and therefore blocking people’s views was no problem, we had really good views and the brolly bitches moved eventually. It was quite funny to see the Spice Girls with brollies though, and little rainhats. It was soon apparent that the Northen contingent of the group weren’t afraid of a little (ok, hella lot) rain and soon the umbrellas were being tossed into the crowd.
Hearing classics such as 2 Become 1, Viva Forever and Stop was like a dream, and whilst the sound wasn’t amazing at times, it wasn’t bad enough to spoil the show. Considering they’re now women, and mothers, rather than the fresh faced youngsters of the 90s, they’ve clearly still got the moves, especially Mel C who was dancing away like a pro.
There were quite a few costume changes, but the dancers kept us entertained during these interludes and it soon became a fun game of where will the Spices appear next. Whilst I’m glad I was in the Spice Circle, I’m looking forward to Tuesday’s show where I’ll be able to see everything from a bit more of a distance.
Wednesday night was Mel B’s 44th birthday and it was 21 years ago to the day that Geri first quit the band. This resulted in a cheeky bit of banter between the two, and some cake throwing which was amusing. They’re clearly playing on their supposed feud, but the love and warmth between the four was clear to see. I like the fact that they did reference Victoria, and at one point referred to themselves as five Spice Girls – that made this Posh fan a little warm and fuzzy.
Overall, despite being a drowned rat and being on my poor feet for 8 hours, I bloody loved it. I can’t wait to go again on Tuesday and experience it from a different perspective. Ok, so the tickets are pricey considering you don’t get all the Spices, but who cares? It was fucking amazing!!!!
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