Headlines Tour

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Headlines! Tour
Tour by The Saturdays
Associated album Wordshaker
Headlines!
Start date 2 February 2011
End date 2 March 2011
No. of shows 22
The Saturdays concert chronology

Headlines! Tour is the second headlining concert tour by English-Irish girl group The Saturdays. The tour consisted of dates in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and, for the first time, the Republic of Ireland. The setlist included songs from their two studio albums: Chasing Lights and Wordshaker, as well their second EP Headlines!. All dates sold out within one month.

Background[edit]

The tour was officially announced on The Saturdays' official website.[1] It is the groups's second headlining tour, after The Work Tour which included six sell-out dates.[2] On 15 September 2010, The Saturdays tickets at Newcastle City Hall were declared all sold out, with over 2,000 tickets sold.[3] It was announced that tickets to see the band at Rhyl Pavilion, Rhyl were sold out in under 2 hours and 50 minutes.[4] Liverpool's Royal Liverpool Philharmonic sold out all its tickets late September 2010.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

The Headlines Tour gained positive reviews from critics. Georgina Littlejohn of Mail Online stated, If there was ever a girl band that looked as though they really enjoyed their job, that it has to be The Saturdays. The five piece kicked off their Headlines Tour in Rhyl in Wales last night and couldn't stop smiling throughout the entire set. She also stated, The girls also had several costume changes from their old-school attire to sexy, short, sequinned numbers.[6] Evening Times reviewed the tour stating, Pop princesses The Saturdays would have wowed Glasgow audience any day of the week with their sell-out Headlines tour. [...] who wore sparkly, sequined outfits, to the Clyde Auditorium.[7]

Kirstin Lynn of STV has mixed reviews of the tour. She first labelled the tour as a "pop sermon" with an audience made-up largely of teens and kids. She went on to say; Finally, rising from the depths of the stage, The Saturdays are produced like jewelled Barbies, fresh from the box with most recent hit Higher and choreography more impressive than their singing in the up-tempo number. As they tackle the staircase, mandatory for all pop stage setups, it becomes apparent that much like horse racing, you cheer when your favourite takes the lead. Then later stating Frankie Sandford was the Cheryl Cole of the group. She also spoke about the group's harmonies saying they their solo vocals are much stronger than their group harmonies. Then later cutting the band some slack by saying, though these are often sung whilst bounding around the stage, fun being a bigger concern for the vastly preteen audience than tuning.[8]

Emma Kay of the Chronicle Live see started the review off by saying The Saturdays fans "just can't get enough", she then went on to say, A sell-out crowd packed Newcastle City Hall to see the girl band strut their stuff – and boy did they deliver! She stated that the group was in the process by saying "the audience was treated to a dazzling array of costumes with several changes, each outfit smaller than the last from short, leather dresses to hotpants and lots and lots of sequins." she complimented the girl's vocals by saying "As well as their singing, what they bring to the show is the real performance element – a strong sense of showmanship and energy."[9]

Concert synopsis[edit]

The show began with an intro which saw the Saturdays say names of people from the audience along to a backing track of "Barbra Streisand" by Duck Sauce. the song ends by hearing the girls laugh before Vanessa White says 'Here We Go' then the curtain drops and a video introduction begins which sees each individual member playing with camera after Flo Rida is heard saying each of their names. Once each of the members are shown, the group then rises onto the stage through a Trolley lift and opens the show with Higher. the group then performs 'One Shot which sees them perform choreography on the platform at the back of the stage. following a brief chat to the crowd they carry on with their second single Up. The girls then walk off stage as an extended intro to 'Lose Control' begins, when the vocals start, a door behind where the staircase stands in the middle (with the staircase now split on either side of the stage) opens to reveal the group sat on a bench similar to the one on the Headlines! album cover. Act 1 is then ended with 'Denial'.

A video interlude is then shown during the break of the group changing costume. The video named 'The Saturdays 24/7: The Best Bits', shown highlights from the group's ITV 2 documentary The Saturdays 24/7: The Best Bits' Once the video ended, 'Puppet' began and the screens open up revealing the girls stood in a huddle wearing white strings around their wrists to act as puppet strings. Work follows, to be continued with 'Died in Your Eyes'. The act is then continued with a Rihanna Medley containing Love The Way You Lie part 2 What's My Name? and Only Girl (In The World). If This Is Love saw the girls perform behind lighted frames that lowered from the roof of the venue.

A Video interlude shown the girls backstage rushing to get changed for the next act. Issues began the third section. This was followed by 'Karma'. A new song from the band's upcoming 3rd studio album called 'Turn Myself In' was sung, giving fans a taste of the new album, similar to what the group done on the work tour with performing 'One Shot' and Wordshaker. 'Here Standing' continued the show, with Just Can't Get Enough ending the penultimate section.

The encore consisted of the songs Forever Is Over, Missing You, and Ego before the Saturdays left the stage the final time through the stage lift.

Support acts[edit]

Setlist[edit]

Encore

Tour dates[edit]

Date(s) City Country Venue
England, Wales, Scotland & Ireland[1]
2 February 2011 Rhyl Wales Rhyl Pavilion[11]
3 February 2011
5 February 2011 Liverpool England Liverpool Philharmonic
6 February 2011 Glasgow Scotland Clyde Auditorium
7 February 2011 Newcastle England Newcastle City Hall
9 February 2011 Carlisle Carlisle Sands Centre
10 February 2011 Manchester Manchester O2 Apollo
11 February 2011 Sheffield Sheffield City Hall
12 February 2011 Nottingham Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
14 February 2011 Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Civic Hall
15 February 2011 Brighton Brighton Centre
17 February 2011 London HMV Hammersmith Apollo
19 February 2011[A] Oxford Oxford New Theatre
20 February 2011[B] Southend Cliffs Pavilion
21 February 2011[A] Leicester De Montfort Hall
22 February 2011 Bristol Colston Hall
24 February 2011 Plymouth Plymouth Pavilions
25 February 2011 Cardiff Wales Cardiff International Arena
26 February 2011 Bournemouth England Bournemouth International Centre
28 February 2011[C] Belfast Northern Ireland Waterfront Hall
1 March 2011[C]
2 March 2011 Dublin Ireland Olympia Theatre
A Due to illness, Mollie was not able to perform at the Oxford and Leicester shows.[12]
B During the Southend show, Una had to leave the stage during the group's performance of "Denial" to get her inhaler. Mollie was still absent.[13]
C Due to illness, Frankie was not able to perform at either of the Belfast dates.[14]

Broadcast and recordings[edit]

The group's appearance at the London HMV Hammersmith Apollo was filmed for a DVD release. During the showing of the group's second documentary for Channel 4 called What Goes on Tour, revealing what the group gets up to backstage on tour, five songs performed in the show was used but not all of the song was shown. Roughly only two minutes of each was previewed, giving fans a taster of what the DVD would be like. The five songs added in the documentary was; Higher, Puppet, Work, Issues, and Forever Is Over. A DVD of the show entitled Headlines! Live from the Hammersmith Apollo was available through the Saturdays official store within a Deluxe Fan edition boxset of their third studio album On Your Radar.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Saturdays Announce 'Headlines' Tour!! Tickets on General Sale From Friday – The Saturdays". Thesaturdays.co.uk. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Glasswerk National \\ The Saturdays Announce February Tour". Glasswerk.co.uk. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Saturdays tickets for Newcastle City Hall on Monday, 7 February 2011 | Ticketline". Secure.ticketline.co.uk. Retrieved 11 January 2011. [dead link]
  4. ^ "The Saturdays at Rhyl Pavilion sells out in under three hours". Dailypost.co.uk. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Buy tickets for Mean Fiddler Introducing: Liverpool at O2 Academy2 Liverpool, Liverpool". Seetickets.com. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Littlejohn, Georgina (3 February 2011). "Hello, Wales! The Saturdays strut their stuff in shorts and sequins as they kick off their sell-out Headlines Tour". Daily Mail. London. 
  7. ^ "Fans scream for Saturdays". Evening Times. 7 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Kirstin Lynn (7 February 2011). "Glasgow Just Can't Get Enough of The Saturdays | Music | Entertainment | STV". Entertainment. 
  9. ^ Chronicle, Evening (2011-02-08). "Review: The Saturdays, Newcastle City Hall". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  10. ^ "The Saturdays Fansite >> Headlines Tour – Tour Setlist". The-saturdays.co.uk. 
  11. ^ "Second Rhyl Pavilion date for girl band – Your Vale". Denbighshirevisitor.com. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Mollie King pulls out of Saturdays gig". Digital Spy. 21 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "Saturdays Una makes inhaler stage dash – Music News". Digital Spy. 21 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "The Popjustice Forum". Popjustice.com.