Mel B has responded to claims fans walked out of the Spice Girls opening night complaining about the sound.
Geri Horner, Mel B, Mel C and Emma Bunton took the stage in Stoke Park, Dublin on Friday for the opening night of their sell-out Spice World 2019 reunion tour.
But fans complained on social media about problems with the sound and some concert goers were said to have walked out in ‘huge numbers’.
Scary Spice said in a video on her Instagram stories: “Hey guys, thank you for attending our show tonight. We will see you in Cardiff. And hopefully the vocals and the sound will be much, much better.”
Earlier fans took to Twitter to complain that they could not hear the sound, and some walked out in anger having paid from £66 to £146 on tickets.
Many claimed they could not hear the music or what the band were saying on stage, blaming the sound technicians and appealing for them to “sort it out”. But for some ticket-holders it was all too much and they chose to leave the venue.
Yes. The sound is horrific. Even now when the girls are just talking you can’t hear them properly. pic.twitter.com/lOSJEdlLex— Yvonne Rossiter (@msvonage) May 24, 2019
Nope because the stewards said there is a “glitch” and huge numbers around me leaving.— Yvonne Rossiter (@msvonage) May 24, 2019
@spicegirls currently sitting in croke park, was absolutely buzzing to see you lot but its very disappointing cos the sound is really bad! We cant hear a thing sitting up the top row, up the back, all we're getting is mumble, and for €110 a ticket, not good!— Claire Grant✨ (@clairegrant85) May 24, 2019
The days leading up to the concert had seen the band dogged by rumours they were in crisis. Horner and Mel B were said to have fallen out after Mel B claimed she and Horner had had a lesbian fling during the nineties, which Horner denied.
And Scary Spice was forced to deny reports she had gone blind in one eye after being struck with a painful eye infection.
Performing on the stage in Dublin Mel B and Horner appeared to have put their rift behind them as they were pictured embracing in between songs. And Scary Spice appeared without an eyepatch, despite being left in agony with an eye infection that affected her vision just days before the show.
And many fans were delighted with the Spice Girls’ return in Dublin last night which saw Horner wearing a new Union Jack dress in homage to the famous outfit she performed in at the BRIT Awards in 1997.
Victoria Beckham chose not to join her former bandmates on this latest reunion tour, despite several meetings with the other Spice Girls in the run up to its announcement. But Mel B hinted on Celebrity Juice this week that Posh Spice will be making a surprise appearance at some point.
In a clip posted online from the Dublin show, during the performance of Wannabe, when Horner rapped: “Easy V doesn’t come for free, she’s a real lady,” Mel B added a loud, sarcastic laugh.
Beckham sent the rest of the band a good luck message on Instagram, writing: “Good luck to the girls today as they start their tour! x VB”
The Spice Girls continue the tour in Cardiff on Monday night and will play Manchester, Coventry, Sunderland, Edinburgh and Bristol, before finishing with three show’s at London’s Wembley Stadium.