WHEN FIVE BE­COME FOUR – GO ON TOUR

Are you ready to spice up your life? Mar­ion McMullen checks out the stream­lined Spice Girls

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1 THE Spice Girls – mi­nus Vic­to­ria Beck­ham – have an­nounced a six-date UK sta­dium tour next June, in­clud­ing a date at Bris­tol’s Ash­ton Gate. Me­lanie Brown, Me­lanie Chisholm, Geri Horner and Emma Bun­ton an­nounced the tour as a mock news broad­cast on the band’s new Twit­ter ac­count. Mel B said they cried with re­lief af­ter they con­firmed their re­union. 2 VIC­TO­RIA, be­low, wished her for­mer band­mates good luck say­ing “friend­ship never ends”. She shared a photo of the other four Spice Girls on In­sta­gram say­ing: “I won’t be join­ing my girls on stage again, but be­ing in the Spice Girls was a hugely im­por­tant part of my life and I wish them so much love and fun as they go back on tour.” 3 SINGER Adele was one of the first to wel­come the tour news. She shared a throw­back snap of her­self on In­sta­gram as a young Spice Girls fan stand­ing in front of a wall cov­ered in posters of the

90s su­per­stars and do­ing a fist pump. “Ha! This is how I feel right now,” she cap­tioned the photo. “I AM READY.” 4 THE re­united Spice Girls will per­form at the Eti­had Sta­dium in Manch­ester, Coven­try Ricoh Arena, Sun­der­land Sta­dium of Light, Ed­in­burgh’s BT Mur­rey­field Sta­dium, Bris­tol Ash­ton Gate Sta­dium and Lon­don’s Wem­b­ley Sta­dium. Singer Jess Glynne, in­set, will join the Spice Girls on tour as a “very spe­cial guest”. 5 THE Spice Girls burst onto the mu­sic scene in 1994 with their de­but sin­gle Wannabe and they went on to be­come one of the most suc­cess­ful acts of the decade. A Top Of The Pops mag­a­zine fea­ture gave them their nick­names – Posh Spice (Vic­to­ria), Baby Spice (Emma), Scary Spice (Mel B), Sporty Spice (Mel C) and Gin­ger Spice (Geri). 6 THEY fol­lowed Wannabe with a string of num­ber one sin­gles in­clud­ing Say You’ll Be There, 2 Be­come 1 and Spice Up Your Life. Their de­but al­bum, Spice, made them the fastest-sell­ing Bri­tish act since The Bea­tles and to date they have sold more than 85 mil­lion records. 7 THE group per­formed with opera star Pavarotti dur­ing the height of their fame and were pic­tured with Nel­son Man­dela – who called the girls “my heroes”. Geri also made head­lines when she wore a Union Jack dress dur­ing their ap­pear­ance at the 1997 Brit awards. 8 GERI left the group in 1998 fol­low­ing the re­lease of the Spice World movie cit­ing “dif­fer­ences be­tween us”. The band split in 2000 but per­formed at the Lon­don Olympics clos­ing cer­e­mony in 2012. They last toured to­gether

10 years ago. 9 POST-SPICE Girls, Geri has en­joyed solo suc­cess with sin­gles like Mi Chico Latino and Lift Me Up, Vic­to­ria launched her fash­ion ca­reer, Mel B be­came a judge on The X Fac­tor, Mel C has brought out hit sin­gles like Never Be The Same Again And I Turn To You and Emma is about to join Paul Hol­ly­wood to present the US ver­sion of Bake Off. 10 TICK­ETS go on sale for the 2019 sta­dium tour at 10.30am on Satur­day.

In a joint state­ment, the Spice Girls said: “We are be­yond ex­cited to be re­unit­ing next year for a sta­dium tour.

“Bring­ing girl power and our mes­sage of friend­ship and love back to the stage feels more rel­e­vant that ever. We hope ev­ery­one can join us for one big Spice Girls Party!”

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