New Music Friday
Here are our highlights from today's release schedule.
There is no pop comeback story bigger than Steps’, who have returned to claim their pop crown this year with the release of their huge new album Tears on the Dancefloor. 2017 has seen the band return to the charts, to TV, to radio, to huge concerts and to the hearts of the nation.
The huge success of the album, which achieved Silver status in just three weeks and features a host of new material – including smash hit single Scared of the Dark – has recently led to the album being re-released as a deluxe edition (led by the new single Dancing with a Broken Heart).
Now, as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations, the iconic pop group have announced a huge outdoor summer tour for 2018. Summer of Steps will see Claire, Faye, Lisa, H and Lee hit the road across the UK and play a string of dates across open air venues, cementing their place as one of the most exciting and current names in pop music.
Venues on the new summer tour include Colchester Castle, Kent County Cricket Club and Bolesworth Castle, and the stars will be joined by pop acts Aqua and Blue as they head out across the UK
Steps first broke onto the pop scene in 1997 and their debut single 5,6,7,8 achieved record-breaking success; a clear indication of what was to follow.
The band quickly became synonymous with lively dance performances, colourful costumes and a refreshing take on pop tunes of the later ’90s and went on to achieve an unbroken run of fourteen Top 5 singles (including three No.1s), two four-times Platinum albums and one five-times Platinum album.
Prior to their break, Steps had notched up an impressive 20 million in record sales and seven sold-out arena tours. A decade later, the band decided to reunite, shooting to No.1 with their 2011 hits compilation The Ultimate Collection and selling out their 20-date Ultimate Tour. Now, in their 20th anniversary year, they’re doing it all over again!
Of the new tour, Steps said: “We can’t wait to play outdoors across the UK next summer following on from our sold-out Party on the Dancefloor arena tour this winter. The appetite for Steps has never been stronger, and we are thrilled to continue performing throughout next year. We promise to deliver a massive party at our summer gigs. Bring your family and bring your friends – we cannot wait to see you there!”
Take a look at what happened when the band came into Ticketmaster’s UK office to teach some of our staff their moves:
Here are those Summer of Steps 2018 tour dates in full:
26 May 2018 – Cheltenham Town FC, Cheltenham
27 May 2018 – Mowden Park, Darlington
2 Jun 2018 – Peterborough Utd FC, Peterborough
3 Jun 2018 – Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli
9 Jun 2018 – Kent County Cricket Club, Canterbury
10 Jun 2018 – Yeovil Town FC, Yeovil
16 Jun 2018 – Colchester Castle, Colchester
17 Jun 2018 – Doncaster Rovers FC, Doncaster
22 Jun 2018 – Slessor Gardens, Dundee
23 Jun 2018 – Bolesworth Castle, Chester
24 Jun 2018 – Coventry Rugby Club, Coventry
30 Jun 2018 – South of England Event Centre, Ardingly
Tickets for Steps’ summer shows go on sale at 9:00 on Friday 17 November 2017 via Ticketmaster.co.uk.