"I wouldn't want to be anywhere else but here."

So sang 1,400 people in Camden's Koko midway during the majestic comeback of All Saints, to the rousing 'Black Coffee'. And you know what? All present very much meant it. None of this lying-through-song Apu stuff.

The late '90s girl group reunited in 2006 that one could argue underwhelmed, and was beset with apparent fractious results, but Monday's night show could not have felt more... perfect. During the hour-plus long 14 track set, Shaznay, Nicole, Natalie, and Melanie on-stage seemed totally at ease and genuinely enjoying the experience, soaking in the unbelievable positive energy from the audience. All the hits that you'd expect were played, spread-out around the set in a well-thought out manner alongside a selection of new - and get this - hugely strong material. Three tracks made available online got an airing: 'One Woman Man', 'This Is A War', and the total jam that is 'One Strike', which also opened the encore.

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Therefore we were treated to the perfect storm of exciting new material alongside deep-rooted nostalgic times; I mean I remember discussing 'Under The Bridge' in McDonalds and having to pretend that I knew it was a cover by some band called RHCP, and desperately trying to remain guitar-kid cool (I was called out on this quite quickly however); then instead of going home and checking out the original song, I just stuck 'Never Ever' on repeat. And I'm sure every other person present - be it in their 20s, gay males in their 30s, mum's in their 40s* - has a similar story. Pop that defined an era and had great influence over the years.

Consequently, every other song is a huge sing-along moment of euphoria - the final two tracks of 'Never Ever' and 'Pure Shores' is a high I don't think I'll ever comedown from. Short version: very fun. No need to overcomplicate it. Shit was lost as soon as Shaznay's spoken word part was uttered.

*The other highlight of the evening was becoming best friends with a group of mums in their mid-40s smashed on Prosecco - with one of particular chatty mum taking a shine to me and informed me of how she had had Botox done 'especially for the gig'.

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To top it off both Mel C and Emma Bunton were present in the crowd, leaving the 12-year-old boy in me screaming. The bassy tones at times drowned out certain aspects, but when a thousand people are singing along it really didn't affect things too much. Speaking of bassy tones - look out for the wild 'Ratchet Behaviour' from the new album that had its first ever airing; an almost dubstep-esque hands-in-the-air booty-on-the-floor number that shook Koko.

All Saints' forthcoming album titled Red Flag is out on Friday, which you really probably should get. 'Bring it on, bring it, bring it on now,' etc.

All photos by the fantastic Rahul Singh.

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