LIBERTY BELLES!

NME.COM was at the invite-only show in London to hear the band run through a well-received short set...

HEAR’SAY arch rivals LIBERTY made their live debut last night (August 21) at a swanky party at LONDON’s exclusive KENSINGTON ROOF GARDENS.

The band are formed from the five singers who just missed out on being picked to join Hear’Say on this year’s hit TV show ‘Popstars’ – and have been dubbed the Flopstars in the tabloid press.

However, they’ve signed a six album deal rumoured to be worth £1million to Richard Branson’s V2, and last night performed live for the first time, looking every inch as good – and some would say better – than Hear’Say, who recently banned them from performing on their new show ‘ Hear’Say It’s Saturday’.

Liberty, looking very slickly styled, came on stage singing an acapella version of their debut single ‘Thinking It Over’, a strong R&B/garage flavoured track produced by former Artful Dodger Pete Devreaux before launching into another track, the catchy pop tune ‘Doing It’.

Another more urban influenced song followed with ‘Doing It’, before they sang the full version of ‘Thinking It Over’. The last song ‘Saturday’ was the weaker point in their short set.

After the gig, one industry insider quipped that they made Hear’Say look like “uncoordinated elephants”. Hear’Say, sadly, were not at the gig to give their opinions.

‘Thinking It Over’ is released on September 24, with the debut album, which is as yet untitled, to follow in November.