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All of the emotions and more: Bowie Experience at St David's Hall.

Last night Warren and I headed to St David's Hall in Cardiff to catch the BowieExperience. I was a tad nervous, since his death I haven't quite reached a point where I can listen to endless Bowie because I find it too emotional, but I knew this was the perfect way to face grief head on.

There was a fab atmosphere at the hall and it was great to see that security measures have been increased to keep everybody safe. It was soon time for the show to begin so we found our seats and held our breath, unsure of what was to come…

The show opened with a powerful rendition of Space Oddity, giving me tingles down my spine and a tear in my eye. Laurence Night made his presence known as he enunciated the lyrics with a Bowie twang and his powerful voice travelled across the theatre. Behind him were an array of talented performers and the large screen at the back of the stage provided visual elements to the performance.

When it comes to talent I have to say I was completely blown away by guitarist Tim Wedlake, who provided no end of wonderful guitar solos. Emily Westwood also blew my mind as she performed, she completely wowed the audience with her saxophone skills and her presence on stage was joyous and full to the brim with energy. The musicians were so impressive and each performer offered a different layer to each song, I particularly liked Stuart Darling's performance on the keyboard during the show.

As for the selection of songs on offer, vintage Bowie fans will not be disappointed. I am much more into the pre-2000 Bowie music, especially songs from his early years so I was totally in my element with the show. My favourite Bowie song, Ziggy Stardust (yes, Ziggy's namesake…) was great to hear, but there were times during this song and a few others where I felt Night over-exaggerated Bowie's characteristically quirky voice. It was amazing to see such dedication to the legend that is (not was!) Bowie though, and it was obvious how much Night adores him. I also had a little tummy flip when Sound & Vision was performed!

Some songs really surprised me, and I am not ashamed to say I shed a tear or two during both acts. Songs that stood out for me include Ashes to Ashes, Aladdin Sane, The Man Who Sold The World and Young Americans and Warren loved Rebel Rebel and Heroes. We also adored their performance of All the Young Dudes with the encouragement for the audience to take part. At times it felt like I was listening to the real Starman, and it gave me undeniable goosebumps! A memorable moment for me was their rendition of Under Pressure, a powerful and emotional duet between Night and Charlotte-Elizabeth Talbot. This was a beautiful moment between the two talented performers and Talbot's voice was utterly outstanding. 

You could tell there is a good relationship between the performers, the stage was full of interaction, communication and love. Night was particularly sweet with a mention of all the staff involved in the show, from lighting to costume, and all that's in between, he was super respectful. He also handled the hecklers well, I for one thought it was pretty rude to shout out requests when Night was trying to tell a Bowie anecdote. Much like leaving your litter strewn across the floor after the show, it's just not cool.

The show was definitely more interesting than I expected, and I adored the costume changes and song choices. I think Night is fantastic as Bowie, and not once did I feel irritated by his performance, mostly because it was blatantly obvious how much he adores the late star. I also think Night is just a super nice guy, with a lot of passion and bags of talent.

It was also mega emotional to see the vast array of generations within the room, dancing and singing along to the beautiful music. To the kid who was dancing by himself, you rocked and it made me wonder why I hadn't brought my two along to boogie!

We had a fab night and it was pretty special to learn that it was their last show from their current tour, but don't worry because they'll be reworking the show for a month or so ready to wow us all with more Bowie goodness.

This show is perfect for any Bowie fans young or old, or for anyone who wants a fab evening out, and I will definitely be booking up again to see their new tour when it comes to Cardiff!

Disclosure: I received tickets in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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