Girls Aloud to reunite for 21st anniversary with huge arena tour, including two nights in Manchester

The Sound Of The Underground is returning to Manchester.

Sophie Smith Sophie Smith - 22nd November 2023

Girls Aloud are back.

It’s been 21 long years since Cheryl, Kimberley, Nadine, Nicola and Sarah won over the nation on Popstars: The Rivals, and whilst it’s been ten years since Girls Aloud last performed as a group, that’s all set to change in 2024…

The arena anniversary tour will honour founding bandmate and Mancunian Sarah Harding who sadly passed away in 2021.

The tour will “celebrate Sarah […] the band […] and the fact that we can still do this 21 years later” says Cheryl Tweedy.

The 15-date ‘Girls Aloud Show’ will begin in Dublin in May 2024, finishing in Liverpool six weeks later and includes two nights in Manchester at the AO Arena.


No doubt these will be emotional nights for the whole band and Girls Aloud fans alike, as this was the city that Sarah Harding called home.

Before finding fame on talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, the popstar was a former Hazel Grove High School pupil who studied hair and beauty at Stockport College and she worked on the promotions team for two nightclubs in The Grand Central Leisure Park in Stockport, as well as waitressing at Pizza Hut.


Kimberley said: “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.”

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.”

Entitled ‘The Girls Aloud Show’, the band have confirmed the tour will not feature any new music, but will instead “be a celebration of Girls Aloud’s rich back catalogue and all the ground-breaking success they have achieved as a band.”

‘The Girls Aloud Show’ 2024 arena tour dates

Saturday 18 May – 3Arena Dublin

Monday 20 May – SSE Arena Belfast

Thursday 23 May – Manchester AO Arena


Friday 24 May – Manchester AO Arena

Monday 27 May – Cardiff Utilita Arena

Friday 31 May – Newcastle Utilita Arena

Saturday 1 June – Newcastle Utilita Arena

Tuesday 4 June – Aberdeen P&J Live


Saturday 8 June – Glasgow OVO Hydro

Wednesday 12 June – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena

Saturday 15 June – Leeds First Direct Arena

Tuesday 18 June – Birmingham Resorts World Arena

Saturday 22 June – London The O2


Sunday 23 June – London The O2

Saturday 29 June – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena

Nadine: “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.”

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Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 29 November from 9am, with the general on sale Friday 1 December at 9am, all via the Girls Aloud website.

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