Atomic Kitten wear One Love armbands on stage ahead of football match

Atomic Kitten wear One Love armbands on stage ahead of football match

November 29, 2022

Atomic Kitten wear One Love armbands as they perform the football version of their song Whole Again ahead of England v Wales game

Atomic Kitten showed their support for the LGBQIA community on Tuesday as they performed at BOXPARK Croydon ahead of the England v Wales match.

Bandmembers Natasha Hamilton and Liz McClarnon took to the stage to perform the football inspired version of their hit song Whole Again.

They each wore a rainbow armband around their arms as they belted out the tune with a cardboard cutout of Gareth Southgate behind them.  

Ally: Atomic Kitten showed their support for the LGBQIA community on Tuesday as they performed at BOXPARK Croydon ahead of the England v Wales match

The armbands have been viewed as a symbolic protest against laws in World Cup host Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal. 

Both the England and Wales football teams was also planning to wear the anti-discrimination armband along with other European teams before the campaign was dropped when FIFA threatened to hand out yellow cards. 

Atomic Kitten first recorded the football version of their hit 2000 track, titled Southgate You’re The One (Football’s Coming Home Again) last year during the Euros.

Popular: Bandmembers Natasha Hamilton and Liz McClarnon took to the stage to perform the football inspired version of their hit song Whole Again

Last year they discussed the rising popularity of the song, noting that the hype began back in 2018, the same year that England reached the semi-final of the World cup. 

Natasha explained: ‘Way back in 2018 myself and Liz started getting sent all these random videos of large groups of men drunk in pubs singing Whole Again, but the Southgate version. And at the time we just thought it was funny and didn’t think much more of it.

‘And over the past few years, it’s been a bit of a slow burner and once the Euros started, that was it! We were inundated with videos. 

‘But the crowds just got bigger and bigger and bigger with each video and here we are.’

Hilarious: They each wore a rainbow armband around their arms as they belted out the tune with a cardboard cutout of Gareth Southgate behind them

Throwback: Their hit song Whole Again shot back to the top of the charts 20 years after its original release, after they recorded a special version for Euro 2020  (pictured in 2001)

Liz went on to add: ‘We did a gig last week and because it was for football fans we thought we’d sing the Southgate version, it’ll be funny. Well, it went viral, the video was everywhere.

‘Loads of people were saying “please release it, please release it!”, so we said “you know what? We’d love to be a part of it, it’s really nice, everyone’s getting into it.”

‘So we rang Jen up and said “do you fancy just going to the studio in Ibiza and recording your bit and she went yeah alright!” And we went “alright we’ll do the same” and that was it!’

Natasha then interjected: ‘That was on Monday by the way’, highlighting the fast turnaround of the new release. 

Rise: Last year they discussed the rising popularity of the song, noting that the hype began back in 2018, the same year that England reached the semi-final of the World cup

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