Edinburgh Fringe 2011: Out Of The Blue
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5/5Being one of the few members of the public who doesn’t watch Britain’s Got Talent religiously I was looking forward to watching Out Of The Blue at the fringe, mainly because I love singing and I love acapella music. They were suggested by my friend (who does watch BGT) and I had only seen one quick youtube video of a previous performance, deciding to keep the rest of their show a surprise. And what a surprise it was.
Free seating means you have to be pretty ruthless in the queue if you want a good spot and luckily we were only three rows back so had a great view. The show began with the lads running on from the wings dressed very smartly in dark suits and...socks? No shoes for these guys, their undergraduate youthfulness oozes through every gesture and every movement is laced with quirky charm. The audience arrive in flocks to hear these boys sing and boy can they sing. A mixture of mash-ups, party anthems, chart hits and the odd slowie for the Mams and Grandmas all receive the Out Of The Blue treatment complete with layers of smooth harmony and beat boxers to keep the songs moving. A bit of physical comedy ensures the show doesn’t get samey half way through. The lads themselves hand out badges and flog CDs outside after the show giving you the impression that they’re all extremely down to earth and just completely love what they do. Audience participation towards the end really connects everybody with the performance and even those who protest that they can’t sing would be hard pressed to not find themselves singing along with ‘Ride, Sally, Ride!’ in the chorus. My only quibble with the show as a whole would be with the venue. Out Of The Blue perform without microphones at the fringe and the room in which they sing has a very dead acoustic. The boys still sounded wonderful but if I were to see them again I think I would prefer it in a venue with better acoustics to really enhance their talent. This is definitely a show that you could invite anybody to have a spiffingly good time singing along with the boys from Oxford.
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