We arrived at Hammersmith Apollo just after the doors had opened after following the confusing signs to the venue (we ended up over the road on the Fulham side, there didn’t seem to be a subway close to the venue), to find a load of merch sellers outside – possibly touts, although I recognised the helium balloons on offer (£6 for a round one, and £12 for a Dorothy one, ouch). H hadn’t had a nap, and I feared this might mean she’d not be as involved.. (I was right, she was quite withdrawn apart from when Dorothy was involved)
After the obligatory photo of the venue from outside (and hoping The Charlatans hadn’t left a mess from the previous night for those nice Wiggles men) we headed inside to a mass of children, buggies (there was a buggy park for £2), more children, lots of Dorothy the Dinosaurs (I suspect we had the biggest one, I heard a few gasps “look at that HUGE Dorothy – she was so big she stuck out of my backpack), and three merch stands – all surrounded by parents and kids.
I’d decided that as I’m classing the event as H’s first gig, that she needed what any gig goer needs, an official t-shirt (I say this, as my first gig my dad bought a t-shirt and satin scarf from a tout outside the venue which is my lasting memory) and at £15 it was a reasonable enough price (though they came in sizes 0, 2, 4 and so on, so I got a 4 that she can grow into).
Now my biggest gripe – the auditorium wasn’t open – so the main foyer was gradually filling up with loads of toddlers and their parents – to the point it was safer to sit at the top of the stairs – there wasn’t a crush, but I wish there’d been a notice about the delay in opening the doors, as we’d have left a little bit later (we knew it was doors a 3.30 and they were due on stage at 4.30). Anyway, it wasn’t the end of the world – I just wish the venue had put up more information.
We got seated and realised we actually had really good seats – we were the front row of an aisle, and at the furthest edge – potential Wiggle sightings were likely.. excellent! So once we were settled the toddlers had their snacks, and we waited for the lights to dim… which they did around 4.40.
H had the most excellent of faces as they appeared on stage (Jeff first, then Greg, then Anthony and finally Murray) – her mouth wide open in awe – and while there were a few songs we didn’t know (we’re old school, okay?), they were easy enough to pick up, and more than anything it was fun! Which is what you need. They launched straight into reading out posters and banners, sung a few more songs, Jeff fell asleep a bit (“WAKE UP JEFF!” shouted everyone including the adults in delight), then the Wiggle dancers came into the audience to pick up the bones for Wags – not proper bones, just the bazillion paper ones that the kids had decorated.
Fortunately we were prepared.
H handed hers to the Wiggle dancer, and that was it. Phew.
But then! The Wiggles all came into the audience to pick up the flowers for Dorothy – so we got Murray and Greg near us – we had great seats!
Song-wise I don’t remember hearing ‘Wake Up Jeff’ or ‘Play Your Guitar With Murray’, though there was a medley of the classics at the end – and right at the end everyone left the stage bar Murray, Greg and Jeff for a proper goodbye to everyone – which was nice. We’ll see Anthony, Captain Feathersword, Dorothy, Wags and Henry next time (yes, we’ll be back – I can only hope that if they do a new programme we get it over here too, to get to know the new Wiggles). The show was over by 6pm – and we were home just after 7 – now that’s good!
Is it bad I’m considering buying tickets for the 2pm show today? There’s two aisle seats available in the stalls….