The Spice Girls kicked off their reunion tour and opened with a love note to their LGBTQ fans. Inaugurating the show, they declared: “We welcome all ages, all races, all gender identities, all countries of origin, all sexual orientations, all religions & beliefs, all abilities.”
Although missing Posh Spice (aka Victoria Beckham), the four-piece ensemble performed some of their hits like “Wannabe,” “2 Become 1”, and “Spice Up Your Life” in front of a massive crowd. The quartet performed at Dublin’s Croke Park and became the first all-female group to play there.
The show maintained its message of equality throughout the night; words of love and togetherness were displayed on screens.
The Spice World Tour creative director Lee Lodge collaborated with Jason Sherwood on set design, Paul Roberts on choreography, Kate Moross on art direction and digital content and Tim Routledge on lighting design.
Thanks to the work of costume designer Gabriella Slade, the group sported outfits inspired by their legendary 90s style with “a grown-up take on girl power.” The costumes include delicate crystal embellishments from Swarovski and colors reminiscent of their original fashion.
Earlier this year, Melanie C, aka Sporty Spice, announced she wanted to see fans dressed as their favorite member of the group.
“I have met some incredible Spice Drag acts,” she told Glyn Fussell on his new BBC Radio 1 podcast Drag Queen’s Den. “Back in the day in the late 90s, everyone would turn up to the shows dressed as us.”
She continued: “In the UK it was just the kids, but in the US all the grown-ups did it too. When we get back out on the road next year, I hope we’re going to see a lot more of that. I hope we see a lot of Posh Spices. She needs to be represented in the crowd. It’s the cheapest costume, ironically!”
Tickets for the Spice Girls Reunion Tour can be purchased on their website.
Spice Girls Open Reunion Tour With Love Note to LGBTQ Fans