They were the ultimate British girl band of the noughties, whose fierce attitudes and groundbreaking pop sound defined an entire generation. And now, two decades on, Girls Aloud are reuniting to honour and celebrate their incredible legacy!
With 2023 marking 21 years since Cheryl, Kimberley, Nadine, Nicola, and the late Sarah Harding were voted the winners of ITV’s Popstars: The Rivals, the four remaining girls have today (November 22nd) announced they will come together for a huge arena tour of the UK and Ireland in May and June of 2024.
The Girls Aloud Show UK & Ireland Arena Tour 2024
Scheduled to kick off at The 3Arena in Dublin on Saturday May 18th 2024, the girls will a further 14 dates before wrapping up proceedings with an extra special show at The M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on Saturday June 29th.
The hugely anticipated shows will feature all of the band’s iconic hits including the UK No.1 singles ‘Sound Of The Underground’, ‘The Promise’, and ‘I’ll Stand By You’, alongside fan favourites ‘Love Machine’, ‘Call The Shots’, ‘Biology’, ‘Something New’ and ‘No Good Advice’.
Tickets for the tour will go on pre-sale on Wednesday, November 29th at 9am, with the general sale going live on Friday, December 1st at 9am, all via girlsaloud.com.
Check out the full list of dates below:
Girls Aloud on reforming and touring…
“We all started talking about the possibility of doing something to celebrate Girls Aloud’s 20-year anniversary a few years ago. The anniversary seemed like an obvious thing that we would celebrate. But when Sarah fell ill all priorities changed. She passed away a year before the anniversary and it just didn’t feel right, it felt too soon. But now, I think there is an energy that does makes it feel right. It’s the right time to celebrate Sarah, it’s the right time to celebrate the band and the right time to celebrate the fact we can still do this 21 years later. That’s a big honour in lots of ways.”
“Girls Aloud are a band that made such a huge impact on people’s lives. We grew up with the band, but so did so many other people. So for us not to do something again feels like such a shame and a waste. We want to have that moment with fans where we can all enjoy it together.”
“Over the last year, we’ve felt this outpouring of love – obviously towards Sarah, but actually towards all of us as a group. And I guess it’s ignited something in all of us again. It feels like something has changed and it does feel like the right time to celebrate Sarah and the 20-year anniversary that we didn’t celebrate at the time.”
“I think what’s really encouraging is that whenever people ask us about reuniting it’s not, “Would you guys ever do it?” but “When are you guys gonna do it?” To know we still have that love from our fans and people who watched us grow up gives us the confidence to do the tour. It will be massive celebration of everything we’ve done up to this point. We want people to leave being like, “Wow, I’ve just had one of the best nights of my life.”
Perhaps in a bid to squash any rumours or online debates, the girls say in a press release they will not be releasing any new music around the tour. Nor have they recorded any new songs, or filmed any music videos.
The tour will instead be a pure celebration of Girls Aloud’s rich back catalogue and all the ground-breaking success they have achieved as a band.
Originally formed in 2002, the group have sold in excess of 5 million albums in the UK, and hold the Guinness World Record for their 20 consecutive UK Top 10 singles.
Their debut ‘Sound Of The Underground’ was the 2002 Christmas Number One, and spent an impressive four weeks at the top of the charts, selling over a half a million copies in the process.
Throughout the course of their initial run, the girls released 5 studio albums, 21 singles, embarked upon 5 headline tours and won a BRIT Award for the Best British Single for ‘The Promise’.
Girls Aloud – Sound Of The Underground (Official Music Video)
In recent years Girls Aloud have raised over £1million for breast cancer charities.
In October 2022 Cheryl, Kimberley, Nadine and Nicola held The Primrose Ball, a charity gala event for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Cancer Research UK, as part of The Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal.
More recently, a limited edition 7” vinyl release of ‘Sound Of The Underground’ was released, also to raise funds for The Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal.