Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Babes Promise Sweet Show

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Babes Promise Sweet Show

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Byline: By Gordon Barr

In August 2002, all-girl trio the Sugababes brought Newcastle city centre to a halt. They attracted about 2,000 people to Northumberland Street for an open-air gig to launch their album Angels With Dirty Faces.

It was an incredible sight, with the Babes putting in a rousing performance.

They were back in the city last autumn for a set as part of the week-long Radio 2 Live in Newcastle event.

Now they are gearing up for their first gig proper in the Toon, at the City Hall on Tuesday.

But ask group member Keisha of her memories of Newcastle and she looks back blankly.

"If I am going to be totally honest, I can't remember it. I can't remember what I was doing yesterday, never mind last year or the year before that," she says.

"I'm terrible when it comes to things like that."

Sugababes are currently the hottest female property on the UK music scene.

Long-running rumours of arguments within the band only add to the interest in the trio, who have scored three chart-toppers.

The group was founded by Keisha and Mutya Buena. Original third member Siobhan left amid rumours she was the outsider, with the others speaking in code about her all the time.

So enter Heidi Range and the rumour mill has been running overtime again, suggesting she too is being left out by the other two. There were also suggestions they cancelled a recent sell-out gig in Dublin after Keisha and Heidi had a huge falling out backstage.

Sugababes refuse to comment on these stories. "Good times? Bad times? I see it all as a journey, I don't look back. I'm just having fun," says Keisha.

Hopefully Tuesday's City Hall gig will run smoothly.

"I'm so excited by this tour," continues Keisha. "We had our first ever tour last year, but we want this tour to be more of an actual show. …

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