REVIEW: Collabro: Act Two Tour, The Sage, Gateshead
You'll never be hit by a more beautiful wall of sound than a live Collabro performance.
The boys put on a stunning show tonight for member Jamie Lambert's home leg of their Act Two tour.
Along with fellow members of the Britain's Got Talent-winning group - Matt Pagan, Richard Hadfield, Michael Auger and Thomas Redgrave - Washington's Jamie wowed the packed crowd with one jaw-dropping rendition after another.
Rising up onto the stage, they kicked off with Circle of Life from The Lion King before moving into All I Want.
Looking dapper in smart suits, the lads told stories of their career so far and thanked fans for their support while belting out one stunner after another.
I had tears in my eyes as they sang A Thousand Years and tapped my feet as they took on swing classic That's Life - I'd love to see them delve further into the genre, it was fantastic.
Special guest opera singer Catrina Murray delivered beautiful performances with I Could Have Danced All Night and You'll Never Walk Alone.
But she really shone in a Phantom of the Opera sequence that completely stole the show. Collabro delivered a stunning rendition of Music of the Night before letting Catrina take the lead with Think Of Me.
But when they were united in song for the musical's title track my jaw hit the floor. The performance was beyond incredible - I have goosebumps just thinking about it. Between the dramatic lighting display, the famous music played beautifully by a live orchestra, the spine-tingling harmonies and impossibly-high notes, it was a feast for the senses.
The night was kicked off by support act AJ Brown who sat behind a piano to perform a mixture of covers and originals. His own songs left a clear impression on the audience who lined up to meet him in the interval and his cover of Bridge Over Troubled Water was gorgeous.
The Collabro boys never fail to get emotions running high. Their breathtaking delivery of tracks like Over The Rainbow, Memory and Bring Him Home were real tearjerkers.
The lads left the stage before coming back to deafening cheers to perform the first ever song we heard them sing, their BGT audition Stars.
They sang it beautifully, showcasing how far they've come since their stint on the ITV show.
Stood before a backdrop of giant letters spelling out their name, Collabro put on an unforgettable show that earned them one standing ovation after another.
They joked about staying on stage until midnight but I'm sure the audience would have happily stayed there all night.