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Girls Aloud promise “magic” tour – but shows will “never be the same” without Sarah Harding

Girls Aloud have promised fans that their upcoming tour will be “magic”, and added that it will “never be the same” without Sarah Harding.

News that the ‘00s girl group would be reforming arrived last week (November 22), when surviving members Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh, Cheryl and Nadine Coyle announced that they would be coming together for a run of live shows next year.

The 2024 gigs will mark their first performance as a group since 2013, it will also be their first tour since the death of bandmate Sarah Harding, who passed away in 2021 due to breast cancer.

Now, in a new interview the members have shed light on what fans can expect from the live shows, and revealed how they plan to pay tribute to the late Harding.

“It will never be the same again, we accept that,” Cheryl told Sky News, “but we’re going to make a new type of sparkle with her in it.”

“You’re reminded so constantly that she isn’t here,” added Coyle, confirming that the performances will be dedicated to Harding. “She is very much a part of who we are still, a huge part.”

Girls Aloud members, Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh. CREDIT: Ray Burminston/Comic Relief via Getty Images

According to the members, they still need to arrange who will sing lines originally sung by Harding when it comes to the live shows, and the rehearsals are set to begin in the new year.

“Fans have lost Sarah as well,” said Roberts to the outlet. “It’s going to be strange for them to see us as a four, it’s going to be strange for us to be a four, but, well, we’ve got to take it one day at a time. We’re going to make it magic for her.”

Earlier this month the members opened up on why it was the right time for them to join forces again, and explained how the idea was first put forward to them by Harding amid her battle with cancer. The band have also been hinting that they are open to making an appearance at Glastonbury 2024.

Tickets are available now via the pre-sale, and the general sale will arrive on Friday (December 1) at 9am – get them here.

‘The Girls Aloud Show’ arena tour dates are:

18 – Dublin 3Arena

20 – Belfast SSE Arena
23 – Manchester AO Arena
24 – Manchester AO Arena
27 – Cardiff Utilita Arena
31 – Newcastle Utilita Arena

1 – Newcastle Utilita Arena

4 – Aberdeen P&J Live
8 – Glasgow OVO Hydro
12 – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
15 – Leeds First Direct Arena
18 – Birmingham Resorts World Arena
22 – London The O2
23 – London The O2
29 – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena

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