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Atomic Kitten: Manchester Arena

Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 23 February 2004

THE OFFICIAL LINE is that Atomic Kitten are taking time off mainly so that Natasha Hamilton can look after her young son, Josh. However, a year's sabbatical will provide a much-needed opportunity to repair the damage five years as Britain's top girl band has inflicted on their hair. After innumerable TV-friendly dye jobs, Liz McClarnon's locks are starting to resemble string, Jenny Frost's horror barnet could stuff a cushion, while the band mum has taken the sensible, motherly option of lopping hers off altogether.

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