After almost 20 years of waiting, we finally managed to watch the Spice Girls live in concert, albeit without Victoria, for the first time in our lives.
When I managed to buy the tickets to the 15 June 2019 show in Wembley, London, back in October 2018, I was in complete shock. I could not believe that I had actually managed to buy tickets to the sold out shows at Wembley Stadium. It took a few days to sink in that I was going to realise a bucket list item to watch the Spice Girls live.
The last time the Spice Girls did a reunion tour back in 2008, we did not manage to get tickets to the UK tour and were planning to fly to wherever in Asia and pay whatever we could afford to watch them. After the UK tour, they announced that they were calling off their world tour and we were so gutted.
This time around, we are older and wiser. The moment they announced the Spice World 2019 UK tour, we decided that we would fly out to the UK to watch them if we could get tickets. We didn’t want to bank on them saying they want to do a world tour only to back track after the UK tour is completed like back in 2008; we are not taking any chances.
9 months later, here we are:
It’s been about 3 weeks since the concert happened and it still feels so unreal that I was there. It was also very unreal to hear Geri say, “I’m sorry for leaving the band” in person. All the feels that night. And the tears.
We were greeted by the huge LED banners when we arrived at around 4 PM (GMT) and we got super excited.
We had arrived a bit earlier as we wanted to buy tour merchandise and were afraid that items would get sold out. Thankfully, there were many merchandise booths there so we all managed to buy what we were eyeing.
When we first saw the stage, it was like, “WOW!!” We knew there was a VIP area right in front of the stage so we thought, from where we were standing, we should be able to at least see the Spice Girls and not just a dot.
However, when the opening act Jess Glynne walked out to the extended stage during her set, we were so shocked to realise that we were actually very close!!!
Despite knowing how close we were after seeing Jess Glynne, we were still so shocked to see the Spice Girls start the show with “Spice Up Your Life” from the extended stage. OMG??!?! This is happening??!!?!?!? We could see them so clearly!?!?!?! Geri is so pretty!!!?!?!
We absolutely freaked out as we were not prepared for this level of proximity. At all. I had specifically avoided looking at the set list and concert videos to be surprised. And surprised I was.
Never did I dream that I would be able to get photos like this of the Spice Girls. T_T (I didn’t manage to get any good photos of Sporty. Sorry!) I was really just grateful to be there. T_T It’s been about 20 years and I can still sing along to every single word of every song. T_T
When people hear about how I went for the Spice Girls concert, one of the things I’m bound to hear is, “How are they still Spice Girls? Aren’t they so old now?” This kind of ageist comment irks me so much. There is no question that they are no longer “girls” but who doesn’t age and grow older?
Anyway, screw the haters. All of them still look and sound fantastic!! Despite the shit sound at Wembley Stadium.
Where I was standing, I could barely make out what they are saying from all the echo. At least when they were singing, it was still ok. And most of the times, the whole stadium was singing every song like it was an anthem anyway. So amazing!
One of the biggest highlights was to be able to experience the concert high when they performed “Wannabe”!! “Stop” was a massive crowd favourite as well.
The 1.5 hours concert was definitely too short. We couldn’t get enough; we were wanting to do it all over again but alas, 15 June 2019 was the last date in the entire UK Tour.
You know, I did try to get tickets for another London/Manchester date after managing to buy the first time around. I couldn’t even load the ticket page the second time around.
While Scary Spice said that Spice World 2019 would head to Australia in 2020 even though it’s not confirm, I really hope it happens. We are so ready to re-live it all over again!!