Girls Aloud reunion: Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts announce 2024 The Girls Aloud Show UK and Ireland arena tour to 'celebrate' Sarah Harding
Following days of social media teasers sparking reunion speculation, the group have revealed that they're to perform The Girls Aloud Show; a 2024 UK and Ireland arena tour in honour of their late bandmate Sarah Harding.
Sarah tragically died in September 2021, after announcing her breast cancer diagnosis in August 2020.
Now, Girls Aloud tell fans: "It's the right time to celebrate Sarah."
Girls Aloud reunion: What have Cheryl, Nadine, Kimberley and Nicola said about 2024 The Girls Aloud Show reunion tour?
Girls Aloud have announced a UK and Ireland reunion arena tour, taking place May-June 2024.
Cheryl says: "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."
Nadine adds: "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."
Kimberley explains: "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."
Nicola says: "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."
When do tickets for Girls Aloud's reunion tour 2024 go on sale?
Tickets for Girls Aloud's 2024 tour go on sale Friday December 1 2023 at 9AM GMT.
WATCH Girls Aloud's The Girls Aloud Show reunion tour trailer below:
What are the dates for Girls Aloud's 2024 reunion tour?
Sat 18 May – 3Arena Dublin
Mon 20 May - SSE Arena Belfast
Thurs 23 May – Manchester AO Arena
Fri 24 May – Manchester AO Arena
Mon 27 May - Cardiff Utilita Arena
Fri 31 May - Newcastle Utilita Arena
Sat 1 Jun - Newcastle Utilita Arena
Tues 4 Jun - Aberdeen P&J Live
Sat 8 Jun - Glasgow OVO Hydro
Weds 12 Jun - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Sat 15 Jun - Leeds First Direct Arena
Tues 18 Jun - Birmingham Resorts World Arena
Sat 22 Jun - London The O2
Sun 23 Jun – London The O2
Sat 29 Jun - Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
Will Girls Aloud release a new single?
The group haven't announced any new material.
Will Girls Aloud release a new album?
What is Girls Aloud's biggest song?
According to Official Charts Company data, Girls Aloud's biggest song to date is their 2002 debut single Sound of the Underground.
The track has racked up over 1,065,000 UK chart units in total, including 42.8 million streams. The song also remains the band's biggest physical seller so far (562,000).
Girls Aloud's UK chart history highlights:
In 2009, The Promise earned the group a BRIT Award for Best British Single.
The group last reunited for their second hits compilation, 2012's Ten, and its corresponding tour of the same name. The album was preceded by Something New; that year's official Children in Need charity single and a Number 2 hit for the band.
When were Girls Aloud formed?
Girls Aloud were officially formed on November 30 2002, on ITV talent show Popstars: The Rivals. The show saw Girls Aloud pitted against One True Voice, a rival boy band also formed via a public vote; with the groups going head-to-head for 2002's Official Christmas Number 1 single.
Girls Aloud's Sound of the Underground famously beat One True Voice's double A-side Sacred Trust/After You're Gone.
When did Girls Aloud split up?
Following their 12-date Ten: The Hits Tour, the group officially announced their split on Thursday March 21 2013.
They said: "Dear Alouders, we just want to say from the bottom of our hearts Thank you!!
"This tour has been an amazing experience and the perfect chance to say thank you for being on this journey with us through a decade.
"It has far exceeded any of our dreams and we hope we are forever your inspiration and reminder that dreams really do glitter!!
"Your love and support will stay with us forever but we have now come to the end of our incredible time together. Love you lots."
How much money have Girls Aloud raised for charities in honour of Sarah Harding?
Throughout various initiatives, Girls Aloud have raised over £1million for breast cancer charities in the last year. 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 the band’s debut single ‘Sound Of The Underground’ was released, also to raise funds for The Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal.
Tickets for Girls Aloud's 2024 UK and Ireland arena tour go on sale Friday December 1 2023 at 9AM GMT.
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