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Blue

Exposed meets Antony Costa of Blue ahead of their Sheffield City Hall date on April 5. Antony tells us about Blue’s new album, taking part in The Big Reunion, his dream collaboration and how the Blue boys are all grown up now…

Great to have Blue back in Sheffield Antony, how is it being back on tour?

Yeah it’s great! It’s nice to be back on the road. It’ll be a lot more chilled this time; we’ve grown up a bit! For this tour we’re bringing a new slick vibe to the songs, and have sort of reinvented them in a way. It’s been nice seeing the audience, you have teenagers, but they bring their mums, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles. It’s been great.

You’re visiting lots of cities over the next few weeks, is there anywhere in particular that you’re excited to return to?

We’re just happy to be performing and being back on the road, revisiting cities that we’ve played. We don’t have a particular favourite though.

The tour goes hand-in-hand with Blue’s new album Colours which came out March 9. For those who haven’t had a chance to listen yet, what can you tell us about the album?

It’s very grown-up. It’s more Motown and soul based, sort of like Blue’s earlier stuff. The first single from the album, ‘King of the World’ is a good taster!

I understand you’ve worked with producer Brian Rawling?

We have! It was very nice; he’s a very good producer and has been around in the music industry for a long time.

Over the years Blue have performed with some legendary artists, most famously Elton John and Stevie Wonder. Is there anyone currently on the music scene you’d like to collaborate with?

Hmm, that’s a tough one! I’d probably have to say Sam Smith. He’s very talented and something different on the music scene at the moment.

Can you believe it’s been 14 years since Blue’s debut album?! Do you feel older and wiser as a band?
Yeah we do. It’s all working a lot more now we’re a little bit more mature and it’s so much more enjoyable. We work for our families now as opposed to before where we’d just be working for ourselves.

So if you could go back in time and give yourself some wise advice, what would it be?

Don’t listen to whisperers, and enjoy yourself.

A lot of folk were surprised to see Blue take part in The Big Reunion in 2013. Why did you want to get involved in the show?

We thought it was a great idea! We’re friends with a lot of the bands who were taking part in the show and thought it would be a laugh. We had a great time!

Blue have only recently taken part in another ITV venture; Blue Go Mad in Ibiza. Do any of you fancy yourselves as potential barmen since the experience?

No way! I loved it and we had a great time doing it, but it was such hard work!

So who is the biggest party animal of the group?

The other three! Certainly not me, I’m a dad now, not much of a partyer anymore.

You started out as an actor, and since Blue you’ve had various successes on stage and screen. Do you prefer working in music or acting?

I love them both, I can’t possibly pick one over the other! I love the boys and working with them, and there’s something so satisfying about performing live and being applauded. Both are so different I couldn’t possibly choose.

Lastly, what can the people of Sheffield expect from a Blue live show?

Something very different to what they’ve seen before from us. We’ve got a new band, who have really revamped our songs, and given them a really different, more mature feel. The new version of ‘U Make Me Wanna’ is probably my favourite on the setlist.

Blue hit Sheffield City Hall April 5. Tickets from £25. For tickets and info go to www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.

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