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Bolton’s 40th Birthday bash slammed as worst gig ever by Girls Aloud member

For many people in the UK mortgage market, as it was famously said of the 60s, if you can remember the boom years then you just weren’t there.

The market has obviously sobered up now, but four or five years ago for many in the industry life was just one long party.

But one event that should jog peoples’ memories is Michael Bolton’s 40th Birthday Party in 2005 at the top of the Gherkin.

At the time Bolton’s then employer HBOS attempted to tell everyone that the 40 was actually something to do with lending targets to justify the expense but everyone knew what the event was really for. Rumours were rife that in total the event cost around £200,000.

Radio One’s Scott Mills was DJing and the icing on the cake was Girls Aloud who performed in the tiny drinks area at the top of the building.

Not surprisingly though it sticks in the minds of the members of Girls Aloud for a completely different reason.

Speaking to the London freesheet Metro, Girls Aloud member Nicola Roberts was asked what was the worst gig she’d ever done.

Her response was “a private gig at the top of the Gherkin building”.

“There was no stage – just a 6ft square in the middle of the floor for us to do our dance routines with a group of old banker men staring at us,” she explained to the Metro.

“That was very early on. Kimberley [Walsh] hadn’t worked out our stage dimensions at that point.”

If you have any memories of the event – even a hazy one – let us know below.


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  • Ancient a mortgage broker in N3 29th June 2011 at 9:01 am

    ..oh dear – just goes to show some girls prefer young, slim and wityy, over fat, bald and rich.

    Im sure they have paid for worse.

  • dave horsman 28th June 2011 at 8:54 pm

    think all that went thought they were the worst part of the night !

  • Nial Fergusson 28th June 2011 at 4:52 pm

    This is the kind of rubbish I’d expect to read in the Sun. Have you lot got nothing better to do?

  • John Rogers 28th June 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Mmm – wasn’t there a fight that night? Maybe that’s what she didn’t like about it. It certainly couldn’t have been the £50k they got for performing three songs.
    That Marilyn was well fit.

  • Colin Payne 28th June 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I think we all preferred the Marilyn Monroe ‘happy birthday’ routine!!!

  • Anon 28th June 2011 at 4:19 pm

    This article left me crushed – how could
    she feel that way – did she not see me?

  • Dermot Brannigan 28th June 2011 at 3:41 pm

    and this is important because……?

    What will be surprising is if, anyone reading this remembers, Bolton, Girls Aloud or HBOS?

    Haven’t you got better things to do with your time, Robert? If not, I’ve got some filing you could do

  • Esther 28th June 2011 at 3:17 pm

    What exactly is this analysis of? Please write something worthwhile Robert. ‘Mortgage Writer of the Year’ worthy this is not.