SAINTS COM­ING

UK girl group All Saints have waited a long time to tour Aus­tralia and now Gold Coast fans have the op­por­tu­nity to catch them at two shows

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - AM­BER MACPHER­SON

If you squealed at the an­nounce­ment of UK girl group All Saints fi­nally com­ing to Aus­tralia, don’t worry – they prob­a­bly did too. The pop stars with at­ti­tude are thrilled to be be­gin­ning two tours Down Un­der later this month, af­ter miss­ing out on tour­ing our coun­try for the past 20-odd years.

“We did a mas­sive pro­mo­tional tour (in Aus­tralia) about 18 years ago,” singer Natalie Appleton says.

“We never ac­tu­ally toured, we did a lot of in­ter­views, al­bum signings. We ac­tu­ally did one gig in a mall.”

“It was for a ra­dio sta­tion when there was a lot of re­gional sta­tions,” sis­ter and fel­low All Saints mem­ber Ni­cole Appleton in­ter­jects.

“We were all like, ‘Oh my god, we want to live here, it’s so beau­ti­ful’.”

“So when we got the call and they said ‘Do you want to come to Aus­tralia?’, we went, ‘Oh my god, at last’,” Natalie says.

All Saints, of thought­ful pop sin­gles Never Ever and Pure Shores fame, will sup­port Craig David in three shows in Syd­ney, Can­berra and the Gold Coast, as well as fea­ture in the line-up of tour­ing hip hop pop mu­sic fes­ti­val RNB Vine Days.

If the soul­ful four-piece weren’t en­ticed enough with the prom­ise of balmy weather and friendly faces, their RNB Vine Days shows will be held in some of Aus­tralia’s best winer­ies.

“This is my idea of heaven,” Ni­cole says.

“We’re su­per ex­cited. Craig David is so lovely, so we’re just buzzing.”

“This would prob­a­bly be like, when peo­ple ask ‘When do you feel like you’ve made it?’ And that will be my an­swer,” Natalie con­tin­ues.

“Play­ing in Aus­tralia, in a win­ery, a vine­yard. Heaven.”

Fans can ex­pect a mix of old and new songs from All Saints at their shows, fea­tur­ing sin­gles off their 2018 al­bum Tes­ta­ment as well as multi-plat­inum 2000 al­bum Saints and Sin­ners.

“I love singing (new sin­gle) Glo­ri­ous, it’s so pow­er­ful. And Af­ter All, and Don’t Look Over Your Shoul­der,” Natalie says.

Ni­cole rec­om­mends pre­par­ing your­self for the shrieks that fol­low the open­ing pi­ano chords of Never Ever, their high­est chart­ing song ex­plor­ing the dev­as­ta­tion of heart­break.

“When I start Never Ever, it’s like a fan just hits my face from the screams,” Ni­cole says.

“It’s amaz­ing I get to ex­pe­ri­ence that.”

All Saints play RNB Vine Days at Sir­romet Wines, Mount Cot­ton on Fe­bru­ary 3, and The Star Gold Coast on Fe­bru­ary 5. Tick­ets from $99.90, avail­able at tick­etek.com.au and tick­et­mas­ter.com.au

All Saints will play at Sir­romet Wines on Fe­bru­ary 3 and The Star Gold Coast on Fe­bru­ary 5.

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