In celebration of their 20th anniversary, British boy band Blue have today (November 30th) announced that they are heading back out on the road to play a string of live dates next year, as part of their 2022, Heart & Soul Tour!
The group, made up of Anthony Costa, Duncan James, Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe, will play 14 arena shows around the UK, with tickets set to go on sale this Friday (December 3rd) at 9am.
In further exciting news, the lads have also revealed they will be joined on the tour by fellow 00’s pop icons Atomic Kitten (aka Liz McClaron, Natasha Hamilton and Jenny Frost), who will serve as special guests at each of the dates.
In a joint statement released alongside the announcement of the tour, the quartet say: “We can’t believe it’s been 20 years since ‘All Rise’, our debut album, was released. It’s been quite the ride since then, and now we have so much to look forward to as we go into our third decade!
“We had a lot of time in lockdown to reconnect as friends, and we started thinking how we could celebrate the anniversary. The four of us started working on new music and it felt so good to be back doing what we love again. This time off during the pandemic also made us realise how much we missed performing live.”
“We can’t wait to get back on the road and see all of you at our Heart & Soul Tour – we’ve been planning this show for a while and we promise you, we’ll be putting on the best show and making it a celebratory night you won’t forget! We have some surprises up our sleeve for the 20th anniversary so stay tuned, 2022 is going to be a big one!”
All Rise (Official Music Video)
The announcement of the tour comes 20 years (!) to the week that Blue released their debut album, All Rise. Landing at #1 on the Official Album Charts, and featuring the hit singles All Rise, Too Close, If You Come Back, Fly By and Best In Me, the record went on to sell over 1.4 million copies in the U.K. alone and was certified 4x Platinum.
As one of the most successful British bands of all time, Blue have sold over 16 million albums worldwide, including 3.6 million albums and 1.4 million singles right here in the U.K.
Famous for the hits One Love, You Make Me Wanna, Guilty and Hurt Lovers, the groups first three albums all hit the top spot on Official Album Chart, and saw the group collaborate with some of musics biggest names including Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John, Angie Stone and Lil’ Kim.
Having recently begun to work on new music, the four-piece promise fans that there are many more exciting announcements to come over the course of the next few months…
20th Anniversary Heart & Soul Tour 2022
September 11th – Belfast, Waterfront Hall
September 12th – Dublin, 3Olympia Theatre
September 17th – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
September 18th – Leeds, First Direct Arena
September 19th – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
September 21st – Aberdeen, P&J Live
September 22nd – Newcastle, Utilita Arena
September 24th – Manchester, AO Arena
September 25th – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
September 26th – Brighton, Brighton Centre
September 28th – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
September 29th – London, The O2
October 1st – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
October 2nd – Bournemouth, International Centre