IT’S an intimidating sight, all five of The Saturdays in one place. Mollie King, Una Foden, Vanessa White, Rochelle Humes and Frankie Bridge are an excitable bunch, all eager to talk and aware that getting a word in can’t be taken for granted when there are four other people in your band.
King and Foden seem the de facto leaders; King comes across as the sensible one of the bunch, while Foden, who’s a few years older than the rest of the group, is the matriarch; maternal and in charge.
The girls recently released their first greatest hits collection, Finest Selection, and to support the album, they’re on a tour that comes to Nottingham this week.
They may only have formed in 2008, but often when bands release their greatest hits, it’s after they’ve reformed after years apart, or when they’re about to split up.
“Not at all,” says 25-year-old Humes when that possibility is mentioned, emphatically denying that they’re planning to go their separate ways after the tour. “It’s a natural question, but this tour is more of a celebration and a marker of where we’re at than anything else. It was always a dream plan to be able to do a greatest hits,” continues King, 27.
We started off putting one album out and just took it from there. We didn’t plan too far ahead and can’t believe we’re still around, but the fact we are still here, seven years and five albums in, was always something we all hoped would happen. We haven’t actually been on tour like this for a couple of years,” says Foden, 32. “We’ve performed a lot, but not a full tour. It’s our favourite thing to do, so it’s very refreshing to get into it.”
There was a time when putting together greatest hits albums was something bands only did decades into their career. But times have changed, and The Saturdays have experienced a lot in the past seven years.
Mostly in their teens and early 20s when they formed, they were propelled into the limelight, kicking things off by supporting Girls Aloud on tour. Their debut single shortly afterwards, If This Is Love, was a top-ten hit, and their first album, Chasing Lights, reached Number 9 in the album charts and went platinum. Read more