Little Mix review – the pop trio bow out with a cheerful recap of hits | small mixture

OWhen Little Mix’s mega-tour wraps up in May, the UK will be left without a major girl group for the first time in decades. After winning the X Factor in 2011, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards carried the torch of campy girl power, and in Newcastle the trio show why their “extended break” is so bittersweet.

Draped in neon feathers, the Little Mix hang from the ceiling as they blast the ultimate anthem, Shout Out to My Ex. Confetti cannons explode and the sold-out arena crowd recounts the joyous cuts verbatim of the track. It’s a show for the back row: maximalist, assertive and heavily rhinestoned.

For two breathtaking hours, Little Mix gives a lesson on the last 10 years of British pop. Dance track Bubblegum Move is rightly billed as “a bit of a classic”, while other big hits are given a refresh: Reggae-pop track Woman Like Me explodes into a rock’n’roll dance break with a full pyrography and intensive styling, and Spiky Salute transforms into Lil Nas X’s hit Industry Baby.

When the feathers settle, there’s a lot to talk about. “So much has happened since our last visit here,” Edwards said. “We are moms now!” she beams, gesturing for herself and Pinnock. “And…” Her pause hangs in the air and for a second it looks like she’s going to address the absence of Jesy Nelson, who left the band in 2020.

“…Jade is a dog mom!”

“I miss those little female dogs,” jokes Thirlwall.

It’s clear that Little Mix is ​​happily taking control of his legacy. The set revolves around a transition between Between Us, a tribute to their endurance, and Love (Sweet Love), another new single that declares total independence: “I’ll give it to myself”. Two of the three members have already announced solo careers.

But their emphatic promise that Little Mix is ​​forever (“2011 – forever”) is tearful and heartfelt. 2020’s single Sweet Melody, The Night Is Closer, feels more like a triumphant start than an end, and Newcastle bars are blaring it as the crowd heads home. When Little Mix returns, there will be a party.

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