Out Of The Blue
  • By Pete Shaw
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  • 8th Aug 2006
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  • ★★★★★

For this reviewer, Out Of The Blue is one of the shows in my schedule that I look forward to with some confidence that it's going to be good.

Unsurprisingly, this all-male a-cappella group have a near-capacity audience, building a strong following at C Venues over the last few years. They come from Oxford University, and as Harry reminds us during a quick aside to the appreciative crowd, he's a chemist. This isn't a manufactured boy band. Simon Cowell might scoff at their mismatched assembly, but their talent is far beyond anything you're going to see on Pop Idol.

This years show is a familiar mix of contemporary and classic - all given a distinct 'Out Of The Blue' twist. Interwoven tracks and pure 'Wall Of Sound' harmonies make for an emotional performance. I may be a wizened old hack, but even I found myself reaching for a hanky during their interpretation of Coldplay's Fix You.

This is one of those feel-good shows that will make you do something impetuous like by their CD. And please do. A percentage of the proceeds from both CD and Fringe box office goes to deserving charities. Bravo.

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The Blurb

The suited and booted brilliance of this all-male vocal sensation returns with a new comic concoction of A Cappella. 'Bravo'

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