Edinburgh Fringe: Oxford a capella pulls the crowds in
In the Pink: 4 stars
Out of the Blue: 5 stars
Out of the Blue are the more well known group, due to their recent success on Britain’s Got Talent, getting to the live rounds. But as both groups are from the same beginnings and have been performing at the Fringe for a comparable number of years, it was time to see who’s on top in the never-ending battle of the sexes.
I had seen In the Pink promoting their show on the Mile earlier in the week and was looking forward to seeing a full hour of them. Although they should have started with a more upbeat number – and one or two could have done with a microphone at times – they did not disappoint. President Haz lead the girls through their set, with ‘Candy Man’ and ‘Walking on Sunshine’ as highlights. In their obligatory pink sashes they looked a picture. And musical director Clare Palmer was on track, as the tunes topped the performance as a whole. With tight harmonies and a good selection of songs, it was looking like a sure win for In the Pink – especially with a very impressive female beat boxer.
I had a wonderful time.
On to the boys
I entered the auditorium to find it packed, at which point I realised how much of a following these guys have (probably due to BGT). So to make it fair on the girls, I decided to put all thoughts of Saturday night television out of my mind, and only judge OOTB on what I saw that day.They started brilliantly – with a rendition of ‘The Final Countdown’ – and just got better and better. Their ‘quirky choreography’, as they call it, was excellent. ‘Mambo No. 5′ took us back to dodgy 90s school discos (in a good way). The boys exuded energy: say what you like about Oxford’s extra-curricular culture, it’s hard to believe they put this together in their spare time.
To sum up: the girls were great, but the boys pipped them at the post.
In the Pink perform every day at 1.15pm at C Venues until 29th August.
Out of the Blue perform every day at 3pm at Pleasance Courtyard until 29th August.
Images: In the Pink by Scott Turner, Out of the Blue by Sandig