Little Mix always put on the best show, now organisers must do the same
PUBLISHED: 15:30 28 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:21 28 November 2017
OPINION: Little Mix may be some of the best performers in the world, but on their return to Norwich organisation needs to be better.
I may be 25-years-old but I have seen Little Mix three times.
They are undoubtedly the best girl band in the world and for the last six years they have been releasing pop gold. From Black Magic to Shout Out To My Ex, these songs are my anthems and for me will stand the test of time like those of the Spice Girls.
So imagine my excitement when I found out they would be coming to Norwich for the first time earlier this year. A few years ago it would have been unimaginable that the city could attract such a current act which are known across the world.
And when the day came on September 3, me and my squad made our way down to Earlham Park. I was living in London when Big Weekend was held at the park so did not know what to expect of it as a music venue.
But what I was met with were queues as long as the eye could see and a look of confusion from stewards when I asked any type of question.
We had golden circle tickets, which were £15 more than standard tickets, and we were soon wishing we had saved the money after queuing for an hour and a half to get into this special section. Organisers had only a handful of staff to check thousands of tickets and issue wristbands which meant us (and may others) missed the two support acts.
And when we got into the arena the queues didn’t stop. Now I expect to queue at events like this, I have in the past, but there was a complete lack of any kind of system with understaffed bars and kiosks. I know of people who queued for an hour for a burger.
There was further frustration from those around us as we waited for Little Mix to come on. There were children crying as they endured an hours wait for the band to come on, something I’m used to, but some of those children in tears really shouldn’t have been at that type of concert so late in the evening.
Little Mix finally opened with their anthem Power and went onto sing and dance their way through hit after hit. They did not disappoint with their, although short, performance and for those thinking of seeing them next year I could not recommend them enough. They offer escapism for a whole generation and should be applauded for all they do.
But the problems before the gig were replicated after with long queues for buses and grid locked roads.
Norwich City Council promised to review transport arrangement for future gigs at the venue but it is the organisers who really need to up their performance at Earlham Park ahead of the July gig.
We know concerts can be successful there, we have seen it with Big Weekend and Let’s Rock Norwich!, so let’s hope all the conversation in July is about Little Mix and nothing else.