Out of the Blue (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Out of the Blue

All-male a cappella group radiate charm with formidable vocals and infectious stage presence

Before a 500-strong, sold-out Saturday house, 15 young men shimmy onto a lights-down, mist-shrouded stage, to be greeted thunderously from what seems to be most of the visiting female population of Edinburgh. Out of the Blue is back.

In their eleventh year and ninth run at the Fringe, the pop-socking class of 2012 shone once again with resonant vocals, both in solos and thrilling harmonies, and choreography so unprofessional it’s inspired – particularly in the Phil Collins’ rich ‘2.0 Human Drum Kit sketch’. The students romp through a number of masterfully self-arranged pop renditions, from the Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ and Queen’s ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’, to chart-toppers more in the span of their (short) life-times such as ‘Something in the Water’ and the Spice Girls’ ‘Stop’. Bang-on-the-money harmonies, boundless charisma and classic choreography make for an infectious and uplifting fifty minutes of gold entertainment, but the truly hair-raising moments come in quieter songs like ‘Amazing Grace’, showing that, with their voices alone, the boys can reduce a vast auditorium to awed silence.

George Square Theatre, 226 0000, until 27 Aug (not 15), 2pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).

Out of the Blue

  • 4 stars

Oxford's all-male, all-vocal sensation and stars of Britain's Got Talent return to the Fringe with their unique blend of dazzling harmonies, comical choreography and boyish charm. With an eclectic mix of songs ranging from foot-tapping pop, through jazzy R&B and rock, to sentimental ballads, these boys demonstrate the…


1. Chas Cipriano20 Aug 2018, 10:32am Report

Second year at the fringe, and my friend and I made a point to see them again! These young men are so talented. Love their show

2. Charles and Dee6 Aug 2019, 1:06pm Report

This has to be our favourite show this year, so much talent from the best a capella at the fringe, wonderful harmonies, great choreography, an eclectic mix of songs, they are exceptionally talented and have huge appeal, a visual and audible delight and all for their chosen charity, a MUST SEE!

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