Sharp-suited sextet The Magnets a solid night out (4 stars)

This article is from 2010

Sharp-suited sextet The Magnets a solid night out

Acappella group cover pop hits

Their fifth year at the Fringe, The Magnets have once again pulled in a full house to witness their all-vocal/voxbox extravaganza .

For more than a decade this London-based sharp-suited sextet have wowed audiences nationwide and toured supporting the likes of Lisa Stansfield and Geri Halliwell, whilst also earning themselves a fan in the shape of TV star Jonathan Ross.

Comprising (in no particular order) Michael Welton, Nicholas Doodson, James Fortune, Stephen Trowell, Derek Elroy and the human beatbox himself, Andy Frost, these ‘Six Guys Not Named Moe’, call the shots on an almost fresh batch of pop renditions from Kraftwerk’s ‘The Model’, Blondie’s ‘Call Me’, A-Ha’s ‘Hunting High And Low’, The Killers’ ‘Human’ and an audience participation piece of Hendrix’s ‘Crosstown Traffic’.

Aside from Andy’s awesome oral-percussion performance tagged on the end of ‘Let’s Dance’, the highlight of the show stems from their Y-fronted (but ‘suited’) version of Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’. Without running out of popular material and fresh ideas and arrangements, The Magnets, could be stuck on your Fringe list for some time to come.

Udderbelly’s Pasture, Bistro Square, 08445 458 252, until 30 Aug (except 16), 5.25-6.25pm, £12.50-£14.50 (£11.00-£13.00).

The Magnets

  • 4 stars

'Breathe fresh air into a cappella... the world is indeed their oyster' (List). Flawless entertainment in the company of one of Britain's hottest music acts, the Magnets. A six-man sound machine, fusing glorious harmonies with jawdropping beat-boxing in a show packed with musical sophistication. Cool moves, superb…

The Magnets

  • 4 stars

Pop and rock covers performed a Capella and beatbox style by the London-based combo.