Spice Girls fans complain of ‘awful’ sound at Dublin gig

Mel B acknowledges complaints about Croke Park comeback performance

The Spice Girl Mel B has said she hopes the sound “will be much, much better” at the reformed band’s next show, following complaints about the first gig of their stadium reunion tour.

More than 70,000 fans attended the concert at Croke Park in Dublin on Friday night, many of whom paid more than £100 to see the pop group take the stage for the first time in seven years. However, footage posted on social media showed that many could barely hear the hit songs.

In an Instagram post, Melanie Brown thanked everyone for attending but admitted the sound quality was poor. “We will see you in Cardiff,” she said. “And hopefully the vocals and the sound will be much, much better, pfft.”

However, many fans closer to the stage hailed an “amazing show”. The 1990s band opened the concert with the message: “We welcome all ages, all races, all gender identities, all countries of origin, all sexual orientations, all religions and beliefs, all abilities.”

Geri Horner greeted the crowd saying: “Welcome to Spice World. Spice girls, spice boys, everyone is welcome. We want every single one of you to feel special tonight. Like a king or a queen, we celebrate you. But I got to say, there are a lot of queens here tonight.”

More than 70,000 people turned out for the group’s first gig in seven years at Croke Park on Friday night.

It opened with a performance of Spice Up Your Life and a fireworks display.

But some fans said they could not hear. One concertgoer tweeted the sound was “awful” and “loads of people leaving”.

Another wrote: “@spicegirls at the show in Croke Park and can’t hear a word from your mics, turn it up.”

Another fan tweeted that they needed to sort out the sound issues.

Fans in the stands were particularly affected, with complaints that they could not hear what the stars were saying.

But others tweeted praise. One wrote: “Reliving the childhood was amazing, felt so emotional.

“Best night ever #SpiceWorldTour2019 #GirlPower #wannadoitagain.”

Spice Girls star Melanie Brown – otherwise known as Mel B – thanked their fans for attending the Dublin show in a video message on her Instagram story.

“We will see you in Cardiff. And hopefully, the vocals and the sound will be much, much better, pfft,” she said.

Brown, Geri Horner, Emma Bunton, and Melanie Chisholm performed the 1990s group’s biggest hits in a dazzling show which included a number of outfit changes and messages of diversity and unity throughout.

The show kicked off with Baby, Scary, Ginger and Sporty taking to the stage in extravagant fashion for their first number, wearing hand-embellished Swarovski crystal costumes designed by Gabriella Slade.

Geri Horner donned a floor-length sparkling Union flag gown, Emma Bunton wore a shimmering pink mini-dress, Brown had a glittering animal print jumpsuit for the occasion while Melanie Chisholm sparkled in a shining Olympian outfit.

They opened the show with the message: “We welcome all ages, all races, all gender identities, all countries of origin, all sexual orientations, all religions and beliefs, all abilities.”

Horner greeted the crowd saying: “Welcome to Spice World. Spice girls, spice boys, everyone is welcome. We want every single one of you to feel special tonight. Like a king or a queen, we celebrate you. But I got to say there are a lot of queens here tonight.”

Chisholm told the crowd it was very special for the band to be back in Dublin.

She said: “In ’98, we started our world tour in Dublin, so we truly are home. It’s got a very special place in our hearts.”

During the show, they performed a number of their hits including Who Do You Think You Are?, Viva Forever, Wannabe, 2 Become 1, Say You’ll Be There, Mama and Stop.

The Spice Girls

The stage, which featured an imposing Spice World sculpture and large screens on each side, was used to display messages of female empowerment, including “We are stronger together” and their motto “Girl Power”.

It is the first time the group has performed since the closing ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012.

The group is undertaking the 13-date tour without original Spice Girls member Victoria Beckham, who has decided not to join them.

The band had to deny rumors of a rift in April following Brown’s claims that she had a one-night stand with Horner in the Spice Girls’ heyday.

But on the opening night, there did not appear to be any tension between them. They laughed and joked with each other throughout the show.

The Spice Girls will now head to Cardiff, then Manchester, Coventry, Sunderland, Edinburgh and Bristol. They finish their tour at London’s Wembley Stadium.

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