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Louis Smith talks about the new Rip It Up tour

He'll be joined by Harry Judd and Ashton Merrygold.

It’s just over a month until Louis Smith, Harry Judd and Aston Merrygold hit the road for the new Rip It Up tour, bringing the swinging ’60s to venues across the UK.

The tour follows the success of last year’s Dancing Through The 50s shows, borne out of the trio’s respective appearances on BBC staple Strictly Come Dancing.

Gymnast Smith won the acclaimed dancing competition in 2012, two years after touring partner and McFly drummer Harry Judd took the crown. The pair are joined by Aston Merrygold, who became a firm fan favourite on last year’s series.

The trio will be joined by the Rip It Up live band to deliver iconic songs from the ’60s, a decade that brought the world Mersey Beat, Motown, Mod and Woodstock, among others.

They’ll be dancing to songs from legendary artists such as The Beatles, The Who, Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel and more.

The show also features others huge names from the decade, from Motown stars Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes to the King of Rock‘n’Roll Elvis Presley, as well as soul classics like Aretha Franklin and James Brown.

Dancing up and down the country through September and October, don’t miss the show that celebrates some of the most iconic sounds, sights and events from that tumultuous period which transformed the 20th century.

Here are those UK dates:

14 September 2018 – Carlisle Sands Centre, Carlisle
18 September 2018 – Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
20 September 2018 – Sage Gateshead, Gateshead
21 September 2018 – York Barbican Centre, York
22 September 2018 – Opera House Buxton
26 September 2018 – Victoria Theatre, Halifax
27 September 2018 – Blackpool Opera House
29 September 2018– Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
3 October 2018 – Hexagon Theatre, Reading
5 October 2018 – New Theatre Oxford
7 October 2018 – Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
10 October 2018 – Royal and Derngate, Northampton
12 October 2018 – London Palladium
15 October 2018 – Bristol Hippodrome
19 October 2018 – Alban Arena, St Albans
24 October 2018 – G Live Guildford

Tickets for Rip It Up are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.