S Club 7 have added extra dates to their upcoming reunion tour in celebration of their 25-year legacy.
All seven members of the popular band – Bradley McIntosh, Hannah Spearritt, Jo O’Meara, Jon Lee, Paul Cattermole, Rachel Stevens, and Tina Barrett – announced last week that they would be performing a series of UK arena shows.
The pop group has added three concerts, taking place in at Manchester’s AO Arena on October 12 this year, a matinee gig at London’s O2 Arena on October 28, and one at Birmingham‘s Utilita Arena on October 29, with tickets going on sale on Friday 24 February.
Speaking on coming back together, the band said: ‘It’s so good to be back!! We have all been so overwhelmed by the response following the tour announcement.
‘Thanks again for all the lovely messages and support, it means the world to us.
Phenomenal demand: S Club 7 have added extra dates to their upcoming reunion tour in celebration of their 25-year legacy (clockwise L-R: Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Tina Barrett, Hannah Spearritt, Jo O’Meara and Rachel Stevens)
‘It’s such fun seeing ourselves back on TV, on the radio and on the front pages of newspapers and being added to playlists…
‘We can’t wait to see you all in October.’
The band, who released four albums between 1999 and 2002 and went on to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide, are set to perform their hits including their four UK number one singles Bring It All Back, Never Had a Dream Come True, Don’t Stop Movin’, Have You Ever.
It comes after S Club fans were left fuming after only one member of the band turned up to sing at a sold-out gig.
Tina and Bradley had been booked to perform at a 150-capacity bar, with tickets selling out in 90 seconds for £23 a piece.
However, on the night Tina was absent, leaving Bradley to perform on his own and angering fans.
They took to the venue’s Facebook page to complain, with one writing: ‘What a let down.
‘Turned up to find out they can’t perform as S Club as they’ve signed a contract and no Tina. Happy to take everyone’s money though.’
Back together: All seven members of the popular band announced last week that they would be performing a series of UK arena shows (pictured in 2000)
Another person tweeted: ‘What a disappointing night. I felt so bad for Bradley.’
A third person echoed: ‘Absolutely raging!! Paid good money to see two members of S Club 7 and only one showed up. We weren’t notified about this either.’
The bar, Wyld, responded to the controversy, explaining that it was down to contract obligations after the band announced their reunion.
Owner Josh Peverley told the Isle of Wight County Press: ‘Sadly, this situation was out of our hands, and when we booked the show earlier this year there was no speculation or confirmation of an S Club 7 reunion, for which contractual obligations meant they weren’t able to appear for the show we had booked and sold tickets to. ‘
It comes after S Club 7 recently announced they are reuniting for a special 25th anniversary tour.
The band said in a statement: ‘After eight years it feels amazing to announce that we’re reuniting and performing together again.
On show: They will take place at at Manchester’s AO Arena on October 12 this year, a matinee gig at London’s O2 Arena on October 28, and one at Birmingham’s Utilita Arena on October 29 (pictured L-R: Bradley and Paul)
Pop magic: The tickets for the extra shows will be going on sale on Friday 24 February (Jo pictured)
Making music: Speaking on coming back together, the band said: ‘It’s so good to be back!! We have all been so overwhelmed by the response following the tour announcement’ (Jon pictured)
‘We’re so excited to bring the S Club Party back to our fans across the country to celebrate 25 years of S Club 7. We can’t even believe it’s been so long!
‘Music and friendship have always been at the core of everything that we’ve ever done. We hope everyone can join us for one big party!’
After the announcement was made, the group went on BBC’s The One Show for their first interview.
Rachel said: ‘We are so excited to get back out there and sing our hearts out.’
When asked about the possibility of new music, Bradley said: ‘If you know you know. We’re bringing the nostalgia, in today’s time we need a bit of positive.’
Jon said: ‘I don’t think we have changed that much. We all said yes immediately and we set up a WhatsApp group called S Clubbers.’
Rachel added: ‘It feels like the right time to spread some positivity.’
Paul continued: ‘We would like our fans to let us know what sort of songs they want to hear.’
Back again! S Club 7 announced they were reuniting last week during an appearance on The One Show and they have since added additional tour dates
Jo has had many operations on her back in recent years, but said she was determined to join the other six on tour.
She said: ‘I’m ready, I’m doing physio, I’m just starting to get my back strong. But I will be there on that stage 100 per cent.’
Speaking on their longstanding popularity, Hannah added: ‘Its incredible that Generation Z are picking up on TikTok, but I will just add that everyone is saying reach up for the stars.’
Talking on their fashion choices, Rachel explained: ‘The nineties were special for fashion and there’s little bits we’ll take from that.’
They said they were most excited to sing Reach and felt less pressure to perform than in the past.
Speaking to The Sun the group said they wanted to do Glastonbury, with Jo saying: ‘We’ve been very lucky. But we need Glastonbury next. I’m going to manifest it. We need to do it. Can you imagine the whole of the Glastonbury crowd singing Reach? It would be pretty amazing.’
Solo show: It comes after S Club fans were left fuming after only Bradley turned up to sing at a sold-out gig
Absent: On the night Tina was absent, leaving Bradley to perform on his own, and angering fans
The band said that they would have rejoined even sooner had it not been for the fact that they couldn’t find Jon.
He said: ‘That’s why it’s taken so long to do this, they couldn’t find me. I was in India for three and a half years. I went travelling and then I found some dogs over there which I adopted and brought home.’
The members have now grown up and had children of their own, with Hannah pointing out: ‘I realised today that between us we have seven kids. Isn’t that spooky? And it’s the same ratio of three boys and four girls.’
Tickets for S Club 7 Reunited extra dates go on sale at 10:00am GMT on Friday 24 via www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk, with all other dates on sale now. Tickets for Ireland will be available via www.ticketmaster.ie.
Speaking out: S Club said of their tour: ‘We’re excited to bring the S Club Party back to our fans across the country to celebrate 25 years of S Club 7. We can’t even believe it’s been so long!’