Tickets go on sale today for a pop-tastic party night in Newcastle which will see All Saints, Atomic Kitten and East 17 lead a nineties revival as they sign up for a joint tour.
The girl and boy band favourites will be back with a vengeance in the eight-date Another Time Another Place tour which takes in Metro Radio Arena in November.
Joining them in the line-up will be Let Loose - with Richie Wermerling, Rob Jeffrey and Lee Murray reforming especially for the tour -who are set to recreate hits Best of Me, Crazy For You and, a top 10 hit of the era: Seventeen; and Jenny Breggren, lead singer from Swedish Ace of Base whose debut album Happy Nation/The Sign is one of the best selling of all time (over 30m copies), producing three number ones including 1993 global favourite All That She Wants.
Fans of nineties pop will be in for a real treat, while reminding them that good times still rolled following the end of the decade will be the MOBO award-winning R & B and hip hop band Big Brovaz who blasted onto the pop scene with their debut album in 2002 named after the hugely successful single Nu Flow, following up with the likes of OK, biggest hit Favourite Things and Baby Boy.
Pop princesses All Saints - Natalie and Nicole Appleton, Melanie Blatt and Shaznay Lewis - were, of course, one of the most successful pop groups of the decade, clocking up a whopping 12m-plus record sales worldwide, with their double Brit Award-winning Never Ever a night club standard and their Ivor Novello Award winning Pure Shores, from second album Saints and Sinners, used on the soundtrack to film The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Meanwhile, Liz McClarnon, Natasha Hamilton and Kerry Katona of Atomic Kitten were holding their own with 10m worldwide record sales and a string of 14 Top 10 hits, and their song Whole Again becoming the fourth best-selling single by a girl group of all time. Oh, and two double-platinum albums.
And raising the ante for the boys - and we’re talking 18m record sales here - were East 17 whose West End Girls will no doubt have the ladies of Newcastle on their feet at the Arena.
If you needed reminding, their debut album Walthamstow shot to number one, with singalong treats including House of Love and Deep, and between 1992 and 1998 the boys had 12 Top Tens. That long-awaited number one came in 1994 upon release of their second album Steam. It might have seemed a long time coming but Stay Another Day took the top slot for five weeks and earned that year’s Christmas number one.
The touring show, which comes courtesy of Tony Denton, the man behind multi-act tours Here and Now and Once In A Lifetime, comes to Metro Radio Arena on November 18 and offers fans a chance to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the colourful pop culture of the nineties and noughties.
Tickets, costing £39.50, to Another Time Another Place are available at 9am today by calling 0844 493 6666 or visiting www.metroradioarena.co.uk or at 10am in person from the box office.