REVIEW: Supergroup McBusted get Lytham Festival bouncing

After the raving credibility of Faithless and the wedding disco-style cheese of 80s Vs 90s, it was the turn of pop rockers McBusted to entertain on Lytham Green.

Sunday, 9th August 2015, 1:11 pm
McBusted perform live on stage at Lytham Arena at Lytham Festival. 8th August 2015

The six-piece supergroup, formed of Busted and McFly, raced through what felt like a greatest hits set which had fans of all ages bouncing in the Lytham Festival Arena.

From the opening strains of joint hit Air Guitar, to the closing bars of Star Girl - plus encore tracks Five Colours In Her Hair, Shine A Light and Year 3000, fans sang along throughout.

There’s no doubt this gang of mates have a ball on stage and that energy transferred into the audience.

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McBusted perform live on stage at Lytham Arena at Lytham Festival. 8th August 2015

Brief moments of banter reveal the friendships the two bands’ former members share as a single act. More of those laughs - albeit schoolboy in their humour - would surely have been welcomed from a Saturday night crowd out for a good time.

Among the non-musical highlights was a mini showcase of drummer Harry Judd’s Strictly Come Dancing champion credentials (he won, in a final at Blackpool Tower Ballroom, in 2011).

With bandmate Matt Willis, he raised Dougie Poynter aloft in a Dirty Dancing-inspired lift - backed by the 10,000-strong crowd singing (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life. And Busted’s James Bourne ranked it as his ‘all time highlight of any show’ on Twitter.

And the show, opened by Britain’s Got Talent singer Callum Scott, Irish boy band Hometown, and Say Something chart star Karen Harding, will certainly have marked its place in Lytham’s ‘all time highlights’ too.