The Stockport band were playing at The Other Stage when they were joined by the Spice Girl: “Since it’s technically the 50th anniversary, we thought we’d do something a little bit special,” frontman Tom Ogden said. “Do we have any Spice Girls fans in the house? OK would you please welcome to the stage Melanie C aka Sporty Spice.”
As Mel C joined the band on stage, Ogden asked her: “Right are we gonna do it? Excuse my attempt at the moves, but you’ve got it.” Watch footage below from the unlikely collaboration.
Blossoms just brought Mel C on ❤️ pic.twitter.com/NLa1Ci20dX
— Tom Copley (@tomcopley) June 24, 2022
Blossoms have just been joined by a very special guest to play Spice Up Your Life.
— Mark Savage (@mrdiscopop) June 24, 2022
Speaking to NME hours before the show, the band explained how the team-up came to be: “We did a gig for the charity Shelter in 2016 set up by Olly [Alexander] from Years & Years and met her there. We hung out and got on well, and we were both on Radio 2 this morning and we did a session where we had to do a cover, and she was already a guest on the show, so we asked if she wanted do one there.”
Blossoms frontman Tom Ogden continued: “She suggested that we change from ‘2 Become 1’ and do ‘Spice Up Your Life’ because it gets the crowd going a bit more. It suits us! We’ve got extra percussionists and a bit of a carnival thing going on – Josh is playing a whistle, so it’s a lot of fun.”
Elsewhere, Mel C performed a lively set yesterday at the festival’s William’s Green stage, mashing up Spice Girls classics with songs from Nirvana and Pulp. NME‘s review said: “Move over Calvin Harris – get Sporty Spice in the Arcadia Spider ASAP.”
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