Last Thursday, something incredible happened. One of my dreams came true.
I saw The Spice Girls!
I’ve been a fan of The Spice Girls since I was 6 years old.
I kicked myself last time they toured and I didn’t get tickets as I honestly believed that they’d never tour again… until they made an announcement last year that led me to able to get my hands on 4 tickets.
Okay, so can we put a price on childhood dreams?
Yes. Yes we can. £146 per ticket.
But, come on, its THE SPICE GIRLS!
These incredible women are legendary, and worth every penny.
I was able to purchase tickets for myself and 3 of my girl friends.
The concert would be held at Sunderland football club’s stadium, ‘Stadium of light’. We booked 2 double rooms at The Sunderland Central Travel lodge, which was about a 20 minute walk away from the stadium.
We paid £160 per double room for 1 night, which wasnt bad since we were in walking distance to the stadium, and a 2 minute walk to the shopping mall, bars and restaurants.
Although Sunderland wasnt our first choice of location, it was so quick and easy to get to.
We decided to fly instead of drive or use the train as it was quicker and more straight forward. We paid £130 each for a return flight, from Southampton to Newcastle.
We woke up at 4.30am to travel to the airport for our hour long flight, grabbed a quick Costa coffee, and were ready to depart for our 7am flight. A couple of pages of sudoku completed, and bam, we had landed!
The train station was located next to Newcastle airport. The train only cost a few pounds, and we were travelling for about 40minutes. As you can imagine, we were raring to go, and couldn’t believe what we had to look forward to that evening.
The train station was a 10 minute walk from our hotel, thankfully, we were in need of a quick cuppa!
We arrived at the hotel at 10, but check in wasnt until 3pm so we paid an extra £10 so that we could leave our bags in the room and do a little bit of retail therapy before the concert.
After a quick bite to eat and a few too many shopping bags…. (we kept on having to remind each other that we have to pack all of this away in our carry on luggage), we headed back to the hotel to glam up.
On arrival I grabbed the second room keys, and we headed to our room to shower, and then meet the others in their room to do glam together. Well… didn’t quite happen that way.
We walked into the room, it seemed neat and tidy, quite a good size…walked inti the bathroom, and this is what I found.
A pair of knickers on the floor. Grim. I took a picture, as you do, and skipped down to the front desk, showed them the picture and politely asked them if our room had been cleaned. They apologised and said a stagg member would greet us in our room shortly.
I had just stepped into the room and closed the door when a staff member knocked on the door, she apologised and headed to the bathroom, I turned around to pick something up from my bag. And she was gone. She’d picked up the pants and left!
Now, I didnt want to have to back back down stairs and mess around and ask question weather around bathroom had in fact been cleaned, but at the same time, I didn’t want to shower in their either! So of course, i used my friends shower… no time to dilly dally… I had glitter to apply and a mini bedroom concert to attend!
Clothes, shoes, make up, and glitter…. everywhere. Of course. Many selfies and funny videos were taken, half of the fun of getting ready to go out, is the getting ready with the girls. When we first bought our tickets, I asked the girls if they wanted matching personalised Spice Girl t shirt, obviously, they agreed!
We bought our tops for £10 each from Ebay, that included delivery and the personalised message on the back. How rad is that?
We strutted to the closest bar where we were greeted by dozens of other spice girl fans.
The bar was rammed! We waited for about 15 minutes for our drinks, and by the time we got then we were greatly disappointed. Firstly they had run out of cocktail glassess, so we were given small lemonade glasses, which didn’t make them look half as fun, then when we went to pay, it cost almost 40 for 4 drinks! Apparently the barman had doubled the drinks and charge extra to add lemonade. Okay… yes youd normally get charge for that, but come one!
£9 for a gross drink. Strawberrys and cream… you’d think sweet, summery and luscious. No. It was bitter, sour and tasted cheap.
Although the drinks were grim, the atmosphere was incredible. There was a sea of 90’s outfits, hair and make up, costumes, and finger peace signs.
After our one drink, we headed to Tesco and bought a few of the pre mixed Pimm’s and Gordon’s gin in cans, it did the job!
After a few drinks, we made it to The stadium. The doors opened at 5pm, but we didn’t arrive until 6.30pm.
On arrival, we were given flashing wrist bands which we were told to pull out the tag later that evening.
We sat and took selfies and chatted for a while until the opening act came on stage, Jess Glynn.
I didn’t realise how many of her songs I knew until she started performing, I sang along to almost every track. Although she was brilliant and warmed up the crowd, everytime a song finished I was secretly hoping it would be the last and that the spice girls would perform shortly after, I was too excited.
8pm hit and The Spice Girls dancers hit the stage. Their dancers were absolutely incredible. They hyped everyone up, and had us screaming with excitement. And then I was covered with goose bumps. The Girl band I’ve loved for the past 23 years appeared on stage… and the crowd went insane.
They opened the show with ‘Spice up your Life’, one of my favourites, and since then I didn’t stop singing, dancing and screaming.
Once the sun had set and the sky became darker, we were told to remove the tags from our wrist bands, and the stadium lit up.
The wrist bands were synchronised to the music, and would change to different colours depending on the song and the colours of the stage. The bands also made a Mexican wave, and created rainbows in the stadium, it was a sight to see!
They sang every one of their song’s with pazzaz, they are incredible performers and singers. Everything was so well thought out, each costume change was more beautiful than the next, so was the set changes, the dancers choreography, the confetti cannons, the lot.
The concert was more mind blowing than I ever could of imagined, and I had tingles all over from start to finishh. We girls got a little emotional, we had listened to this music for 20+ years, learnt and made up the dance routines, dressed like them, admired them, and now we can finally say that we’ve seen them.
We walked back to the hotel with thousands of others in the crowd, a fair few of us singing along the way, we got back to the hotel about 11ish, and hit the hay.
The next morning we checked out about 11ish, and thankfully, were able to leave our luggage at the hotel whilst we went for a stroll to find brunch.
The weather was lovely and warm, so we have a good mooch around town and decided to have brunch at a wetherspoons. You cant go wrong.
After refueling, hitting primark, lush and a few other stores, we returned to the hotel for our bags and made our way back to the airport for our 5pm flight.
As soon as I stepped through my front door,my phone was pinging like crazy as our group chat had been filled with shared photos and videos of our adventure away together.
It was truly a one of a kind experience, and one that I’m so thankful I was able to share with people I love.
Are you a Spice Girls Fan? If not, what 90’s band would you like to see perform?