The Magnets: Naked 80s Volume 2 (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

The Magnets: Naked 80s Volume 2

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Safe, easily digestible acapella 80s special

Male vocal group The Magnets are a Fringe mainstay. The acappella quintet once again delving into the back catalogue for an 80s special. It's basically Glee goes 80s. You probably already know if this show is for you just from reading the last three sentences.

The playlist features everything you'd expect: Whitesnake, Madness, Chaka Khan, Whitney, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Run DMC, Rick Astley, Prince, the list goes on. All recreated by five men on stage harmonising with added vocal percussion (John Pointer even gets a pretty impressive beatbox solo section). It's incredibly accomplished and professional, they all boast solid vocals that blend nicely, and know how to get people on their feet.

Shamelessly trading on nostalgia with mid song banter about cassettes, VHS and 80s movies. The songs themselves are buffed and polished until all the sharp edges have been removed for an hour of easily digestible pop morsels. It ends with a big medley then two massive final tunes that get half the audience on their feet and dancing in the aisles. If you want edgy or innovative you've come to the wrong show. The Magnets don't pretend to be anything but mainstream, family friendly, feel good entertainment and they do what they do very well.

Assembly George Square Gardens, until 26 Aug (not 20), 7pm, £15--£17 (£14--£16).

The Magnets: Naked 80s Volume 2

  • 3 stars

The Magnets Back with more bangers than a Now! double cassette, the hit a cappella show of the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 returns to present the 80s remixed. Like Pitch Perfect with shoulder pads, vocal harmony supergroup The Magnets strip away the synths to honour the decade of big snares and bigger hair with their voices…