Girls Aloud have confirmed plans for a much-anticipated reunion tour across Ireland and the UK, marking a poignant celebration of their cherished bandmate, Sarah Harding. The announcement, made on their 21st anniversary, ends weeks of speculation about the group's reunion.
This special tour, dedicated to Harding, commemorates her legacy two years after her passing due to breast cancer. Although rumors hinted at new music accompanying the tour, the band clarified that it will exclusively showcase Girls Aloud's iconic hits, such as "The Promise," "Love Machine," and "Biology."
Cheryl expressed their initial contemplation of celebrating the band's 20-year milestone years ago. However, when Sarah fell ill, their priorities shifted. Her passing, a year before the anniversary, felt too recent to commemorate. Now, Cheryl believes it's the appropriate moment to honor Sarah, the band, and the remarkable journey they've had together over the past 21 years.
In a teaser video shared on X (formerly Twitter), each member is seen in a car amid traffic, while a medley of their popular songs plays. They eventually converge under a drive-in cinema screen featuring clips from their past tours, expressing their excitement to reunite with fans for singing and dancing.
Announcing our #TheGirlsAloudShow arena tour next May/June 2024. A celebration of Sarah, our music & our incredible fans. On sale Fri 1 Dec, Presale Weds 29 Nov. Signup: https://t.co/OHwTxCq7Iy. We can’t wait to sing & dance with you again -Cheryl, Kimberley, Nadine & Nicola 📣 pic.twitter.com/4ceHwEw50m— Girls Aloud (@GirlsAloud) November 22, 2023
Scheduled for May to June next year, the tour will kick off in Dublin and stop in cities like Manchester, London, Cardiff, Glasgow, and Liverpool. Fans eagerly welcomed the news on X, expressing their elation and disbelief at the long-awaited reunion.
Girls Aloud initially rose to fame in the early 2000s through ITV's Popstars: The Rivals and went on to become the most successful girl group of the noughties, selling over five million albums in the UK. Notably, their song "Sound Of The Underground" topped the 2002 Christmas chart, and "The Promise" earned them a Brit Award for Best Single.
After a hiatus from 2009 to 2012 and subsequent disbandment in 2013, they briefly reunited for a 10-year anniversary tour in 2012. Last year, the group reconvened for a charity gala supporting breast cancer research in honor of Sarah Harding, raising over £1 million for related charities.
Pre-sale tickets for the 2024 tour will be available starting November 29 at 9 am, followed by general sales on December 1 at 9 am.