Rating 3.5/5

Fans of Westlife and Boyzone get the best of both bands when Boyzlife came to the Sage Gateshead this past week to bring the songs of both bands spanning 25 years of classic pop hits.

The duo comprised of Brian McFadden & Keith Duffy having been touring this concept for a few years now. I saw them for the first time last year in Clapham, London which was a good gig. So here i was again the the lovely surroundings of the Sage Gateshead to see them once again.

I was intrigued to see them this time, i had found a tour poster mentioning that they were playing with a full live band and with the Sage being seated also i wondered what the audience reaction would be like too.

Supported by a half hour slot by the up and coming Singer/Songwriter Katie Kittermaster, originating from kent – she came on to a pretty full audience and belted out catchy pop tunes and a few covers that we all love. Some of her songs inspired by an ex partner (aren’t they the best inspiration?) we heard T Shirt (watch the video here) amongst others. An enjoyable set and an act you are bound to hear from more of. Read more about Katie here. It was also a pleasure to get to speak with her after her set.

Within a minute of the lads coming on stage the audience were up on their feet, there was to be very little chance of sitting through this gig if you wanted to see them so standing was the only option. One thing i can say is that these two veterans of the music industry know how to have fun and this project of Boyzlife is one that they appear to thoroughly enjoy, which comes across on stage from start to finish.

With an backlog of hits to cover from both bands song choice is a huge one and we get to hear many of them, all favourites amongst the audience. Starting the gig with the upbeat ‘Looking like that’ energy and vibrance was brought the mood the night was to have all the way through. Other hits included World of Our own, Words, Sorry, Mandy, No Matter What and many more that i wont reveal in case you are attending a gig. The ending of the show was a pleasant surprise with a boy band medley, a nice ode to other acts that had been around the same time as other bands.

The night was enjoyable and fun. Being a fan of both bands it was great to hear the hits and these two deliver in equal measure to make it an enjoyable night and these two can perform.

Sadly for me the full live band was a bit of a let down as i was expecting them to be backed by an orchestra as their new album without strings was backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The venue as great as it is for me was maybe the wrong location for this gig and although the Sage had almost sold out for this i think having everyone in a seated setting, albeit standing took a little away from the atmosphere as i felt it could have been even better. When i previously saw them it was in a standing capacity and this for me added to the intimacy and closeness to the lads which i enjoyed more personally, maybe the O2 Academy may have been better – but that’s just my opinion on this occasion. Ask many others there and they may disagree with me

Stilla fun night and worth going to see if you like the music, i will definitely see them next time they are in town again.

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