Girls Aloud have confirmed the news that fans have all been waiting for - the iconic girl group will be going on tour across the UK and Ireland next year, including two dates in Newcastle.

Cheryl, Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts will reunite for the epic tour in May and June, with tickets set to go on sale next week. As the band's first tour in more than a decade, it will also be the first time that Girls Aloud will perform together since the loss of Sarah Harding, who died in September 2021 after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Announcing the tour on Instagram on Wednesday evening, Cheryl, Kimberley, Nadine and Nicola said that the shows will be "a celebration of Sarah, our music and our incredible fans". The first show will be in Dublin on May 18, with other dates including Belfast, Manchester, Cardiff, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Nottingham, Leeds, Birmingham, London and Liverpool.

Girls Aloud will play at Newcastle's Utilita Arena on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1. The announcement featured a short clip of Cheryl, Kimberley, Nadine and Nicola getting out of cars and reuniting in the middle of a traffic jam, holding hands and watching footage of their performances from years gone by as some of their greatest hits played.

The news immediately sent fans into a frenzy, with the Instagram announcement quickly generating thousands of comments with followers saying they already "can't handle" their excitement for the reunion. "Ready to drop every penny I have for this," one fan vowed, while someone else declared: "All calendars for May and June next year cleared... nothing more important than this!!"

Tickets go on sale on Friday, December 1, with Ticketmaster having a landing page set up that is likely to be updated very soon. Show organisers TEG Live are also offering fans the chance to get access to presale tickets, which will go live at 9am on Wednesday, November 29, by signing up via email.

Earlier this week, Nicola Roberts sparked speculation among fans with a cryptic post on Instagram that hinted a reunion was imminent. Nicola posted a short clip on her Instagram grid on Sunday evening of a big screen, very much like the one in The Promise video, stuck on the number four - leading many to believe that an announcement would come on Thursday.

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