Screams as McFly hit the stage

THERE were screams, there were glow sticks, there may even have been fainting - then there was McFly.The four-piece boy band arrived in Ipswich last night as part of their 33-date Up Close and Personal Tour - and there were plenty of fans eager that the gig lived up to its name.

THERE were screams, there were glow sticks, there may even have been fainting - then there was McFly.

The four-piece boy band arrived in Ipswich last night as part of their 33-date Up Close and Personal Tour - and there were plenty of fans eager that the gig lived up to its name.

Tickets for the sell-out gig had been hot property from the outset, with followers queuing outside the Ipswich Regent to snap up their tickets when the date was announced in December.

The queues were back again last night with hundreds of McFly devotees - many accompanied by some not-so enthusiastic parents and boyfriends - arriving at the venue early to savour the atmosphere, with a ban on banners the only thing dampening their glee.

Inside the atmosphere built quickly for warm-up act and Lowestoft boy Lil Chris, with the Rock School star romping through a short but energetic set.

The audience seemed to be Getting Enough - with screams and cheers so loud that it seemed impossible for McFly to top them.

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But after an interval music sing-a-long to the appropriately named Dirty Dancing classic (I've Had) The Time of My Life it was time for the four stars to hit the stage.

The set included songs from all three of the band's albums, plus the chance for the audience to chose via scream-o-meter a cover version from Ghostbusters, Fight For Your Right and Don't Stop Me Now - and the Queen number won it by a mile.

The songs came thick and fast to the obvious delight of the dancing, screaming crowd, with the only real interruption some particularly ham-fisted marketing efforts to sell downloads of the next single, DVDs and tickets for their upcoming arena tour.

McFly have recently taken on a rockier edge from their original pop roots and the encore rounded off with a plectrum-wielding version of their first hit Five Colours In Her Hair, complete with guitar throwing at the finale (even if it was carefully tossed to a roadie).

The night was All About McFly - and the audience lapped up every minute of it. It's a wonder the Regent auditorium survived the heat and the hormones.

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• McFly facts:

McFly are: Harry Judd, Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter and Danny Jones.

The band have had hits with songs such as Five Colours In Her Hair,

Obviously, All About You and I Wanna Hold You.

Their debut album, Room On The Third Floor, earned them a place in the

Guinness Book of Records for being the youngest band ever to enter the album

chart at number one.

The group has served as ambassadors for Comic Relief and also support

the Guide Dogs charity by having four Guide Dog puppies named after them and

the band will follow the dogs' progress.

Guitarist and vocalist Tom Fletcher has co-written three of Busted's

many chart-topping hits.

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