I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
UK talent shows have produced some memorable and gifted performers in recent years. Who can forget Scottish-born Susan Boyle, who sang with the voice of an angel but was mocked for her strong accent and her less-than-desirable looks? After performing on Britain's Got Talent in 2009, she went on to sell millions of records and became an inspiration for people who wanted to get into the music industry but were too afraid of rejection based on their looks. The X Factor also spawned boy-band One Direction, the show's biggest success to date. Not only have they reduced teenage and prepubescent girls all over the world into screaming and hysterical messes, but they have also confounded everybody else, who are still trying to work out how the supergroup became as big as it did, within such a short amount of time.
While Australian versions of these shows are yet to produce performers as well-known as their UK counterparts, they are still giving it an admirable shot. One of The X Factor's offerings, The Collective, have already begun to draw attention to themselves for their stereotypical boy-band looks and upbeat pop songs. The group performed to thousands of screaming fans at Brisbane's Logan Hyperdome Shopping Centre in February, and now it's Geelong's turn to host the popular quintet.
You can see The Collective perform at Centre Court in Market Square Shopping Centre
On Saturday 1 June, The Collective will be performing at Market Square Shopping Centre in the Geelong CBD, and fans (both local and interstate) are expected to flock to this free 30-minute live show. Not only will followers of the group be able to sing along to their favourite tunes, including the debut single 'Surrender', but they also have the opportunity to meet their favourite stars during the one hour meet-and-greet, which will be held directly after the performance. The shopping centre is also running a few competitions where fans have the chance to win a special merchandise pack, or the chance to have a VIP stage experience with The Collective and three friends. Visit the Market Square website or their Facebook page for more information on chances to win.
The Collective may not be One Direction (and they're definitely not Susan Boyle) but they are more than capable of holding their own when it comes to performing live in front of large screaming audiences. If you don't mind being surrounded by hordes of teenage girls, and want to experience live music in a different setting from your usual stadium or local pub, then why not come along to Market Square and check them out?