Do you feel that pop music peaked in the mid-noughties and think that Britain should leave Europe in the upcoming EU referendum? If you answered ‘yes’ to one or ideally both of those questions, then – boy howdy! – do we have the gig for you.
For one night only on June 19, just four days before the in/out referendum, the stars of yesteryear will attempt to convince you that leaving Europe is the path to the future. And who are you, readers, to argue with political heavyweights such as Aleesha Dixon (formerly of Mis-Teeq and currently of Britain’s Got Talent), East 17 (but not the good members Brian Harvey and Tony Mortimer) and two of 5ive?
This pop concert is being billed as Bpop Live and is endorsed by the Leave.EU group, who have attempted to woo younglings with a line-up that also includes ’70s soul-pop sensations Sister Sledge and Gwen Dickey from Rose Royce, a soul group from the ’70s literally no-one under the age of 27 has heard of. There will also, it is promised, be “special guests speakers”. Fingers crossed it’s Duncan Bannatyne.
These musicians might not even know that this is a pro-Brexit gig – three acts, including dance duo Sigma, pulled out of a similar gig last month, claiming they hadn’t realised it was political. Or maybe East 17 really don’t want to stay another day after all.