Prince Spice Overjoyed His Pop Idols Are Coming to Cardiff

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Prince Spice Overjoyed His Pop Idols Are Coming to Cardiff


Byline: DAVID OWENS Reporter david.owens@walesonline.co.uk

DAVID PRINCE may look like somebody you'd see down the front row of a rock gig - but looks are deceiving as all the music fan really, really wants is to see the Spice Girls live.

And although the multimedia assistant from Cardiff confesses he is a fan of rock and metal, he's always harboured a love of pop music - and the Spice Girls in particular.

So when dates for the group's reunion tour at stadiums around the UK next summer were announced earlier this month, this particular super fan was primed and ready.

"When I heard they were reforming I had mixed emotions, because it's four of them, not the five of them," he said. "My plan was always to get tickets for Bristol (Ashton Gate) as, at that point, it was the closest to home.

"When tickets went on sale I was a little disappointed there was no Cardiff date, but I was out shopping with my mother and I had a couple of tabs open on my phone to try and buy tickets for different venues.

"It took a while to get Bristol tickets. As a back-up plan I thought I'd try for a Wembley Stadium date. I managed to get Bristol first - when I was waiting for confirmation to come through for that, I also got confirmation that I'd got the Saturday at Wembley. They then announced a Friday date at Wembley and that quickly sold out, which I missed out on. They then announced a Thursday date at Wembley which I managed to get a ticket for.

"So at that stage I had a pair of tickets for Bristol on the Monday, and single tickets for Wembley on the Thursday and Wembley on the Saturday."

At this point David had spent around PS350 on tickets. However, there was one thing he wasn't aware of - the Spice Girls were planning to announce a Cardiff show to kick off their comeback tour at the Principality Stadium next May.

"It will be great to see them finally in Wales with their full production, but I wish that they had announced the show at the same time as the other dates so the Welsh fans could choose. That said, I am happy to be able to see them and hear them live again, even as a quartet."

David's love affair with Spice Girls began in August 1996 at the Big Weekend in Cardiff when the then brand-new girl group first declared their intention to shake up pop music with "girl power".

It remains, until next year's gig at the Principality at least, the only time the group have performed live together in Wales.

"I was at the event, which was part of the Red Dragon Roadshow," recalled the 43-year-old. "They did two songs, Wannabe and Say You'll Be There. …

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