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10,000 Little Mix Belfast fans rejoice as they finally get to see heroes at SSE Arena

Little Mix, SSE Arena, Belfast

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 20/04/2016

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Little Mix
Jesy Nelson (far right) promised on Instagram that Little Mix would dedicate a song at their Belfast show.
Little Mix
Jade Thirlwall
Little Mix perform on stage during the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Little Mix like to think their show is just the right amount of sexy
Little Mix
Jade Thirlwall (fourth right), Perrie Edwards (second left), Jesy Nelson (third right) and Leigh-Anne Pinnock (second right) of Little Mix with their mothers arriving for the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 24, 2016. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
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Little Mix are spending their third week at the top of the charts with their track Black Magic
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Little Mix cancelled gigs because Jesy Nelson was ill

After two March concerts in Belfast were cancelled at short notice amid a flood of tears, Little Mix's excited young fans finally got to see the girls take to the stage at the SSE Arena last night.

The British pop group, consisting of Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson, were in fine voice.

The four-piece have come a long way since winning the X Factor in 2011, selling seven million records and enjoying success, not only in the UK and Ireland, but also Japan, Australia and the US.

In 2013, around 2,500 people saw the band perform at the Waterfront Hall.

But last night, there were 10,000 fans - known as 'Mixers' - packed into the arena for the hotly-anticipated concert.

The quartet's Get Weird Tour was due to kick off in Belfast with concerts at the end of last month.

But there were tears and tantrums on the day of the gig when they cancelled the performance less than an hour before the first show was expected to start, as Jesy had taken ill. Those gigs have now been rescheduled for July 2.

The girls said they were very pleased to be performing in Belfast. Perrie treated us to her impersonation of Nadine Coyle's Derry accent and Jesy told everyone to always be themselves and be confident.

Pyrotechnics, sparkly costumes, sexy dancing, big screens, flashing lights, lasers and positive messages were the order of the day as we were treated to a selection of tracks from the DNA, Salute and Get Weird albums.

The girls belted out Change Your Life, A.D.I.D.A.S, Secret Love Song, OMG, Move, the incredibly catchy Wings and chart topping hit Black Magic.

Flashback to the fallout from Little Mix cancellation of Belfast gig - Seven year-old Lola Gilmore from Portadown
Flashback to the fallout from Little Mix cancellation of Belfast gig - Seven year-old Lola Gilmore from Portadown
Flashback to the fallout from Little Mix cancellation of Belfast gig - Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Emile Watson Claire McLaughlin Eve Graham Picture: Kevin Scott
Mia Lundy (5) from Coleraine was in tears
Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Katie Dougan and Alex Redpath Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -31st March 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members. Ella and Amy Louise McLaughlin from Belfast
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -31st March 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members. Aoife,Shiuna and Katie Lennon from Monaghan.
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -31st March 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members. Keela Laverty from Lisburn.
Emma, Erin, Clodagh, Leann, Jamie, Rhiannin, Megan and Fiona were all left frustrated at the cancellation
Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members. Megan and Lilly Doherty Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -31st March 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Sauna Heaney is comforted by her mother Emma as Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance.
Little Mix Thursday afternoon concert at SSE Arena Belfast was cancelled after a member fell ill. Long journey back to the North West. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Katie Coyle, Georgia Linehan, Carolyn Fitzsimons, Maeve Linehan and Fiona Linehan Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Little Mix Thursday afternoon concert at SSE Arena Belfast was cancelled after a member fell ill. Long journey back to the North West. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Katie Dougan 8 Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Emma, Erin, Clodagh , Leann, Jamie, Rhiannin , Megan and Fiona Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

I am not quite the group's target demographic, and despite enjoying myself much more than I thought I was going to, my favourite little mix still remains tonic water with gin.

But for the thousands of dedicated young fans in the audience, the girls reign supreme, particularly - in the opinion of my 'plus one', nephew Ethan - Jade, as "she's the best singer".

There is usually a weak link in pop groups but in fairness to the four they all sounded very good and put on an energy packed two hours of entertainment.

It was Ethan's first gig and he gave the show five out of five. He reckons the Mixers with tickets for the rescheduled shows in July are going to enjoy the big, loud, fun party.

Fans of Little Mix at the SSE Arena in Belfast for the gig last night are (from left) Rebekah McCord, Morgan Cochrane and Jessica McClellan from Belfast
Fans of Little Mix at the SSE Arena in Belfast for the gig last night are (from left) Rebekah McCord, Morgan Cochrane and Jessica McClellan from Belfast
Fans of Little Mix at the SSE Arena in Belfast for the gig last night are (from left) Pauline Woolsey, Misty Cordner, Alison Adamson and Brooke Cordner
Fans of Little Mix at the SSE Arena in Belfast for the gig last night are (from left) Pauline Woolsey, Misty Cordner, Alison Adamson and Brooke Cordner

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