Bananarama review – hi-NRG poignancy as pop trio return for first proper tour

SEC Armadillo, Glasgow
Dusting off their sci-fi shoulder pads, the 80s veterans finally return to deliver the hits on stage – and they’re beefed up to epic proportions

By a quirk of scheduling, the recently reconvened Bananarama find themselves playing the first of two sold-out nights in Glasgow next to a Little Mix arena gig. It seems appropriate, and not just because strobing, party-ready headgear features among both sets of fans. Bananarama were the bolshy trailblazers of insouciant girl bands with DIY dance moves. Like the Spice Girls and countless others, Little Mix owe a debt to Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey.

Emerging from the creative free-for-all of London’s early-80s post-punk scene, Bananarama got so big so quickly that they never properly took a show on the road, skipping straight to parachuted-in TV promo spots. After almost a decade of international success, Fahey left abruptly in 1988. That this is the band’s first proper tour featuring the original lineup is a major selling point, an invitation to witness history in the remaking.

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