I saw The Girls Aloud Show at Newcastle’s Utilita Arena and healed my inner child

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Girls Aloud performed three shows at Newcastle’s Utilita Arena, returning to Cheryl Tweedy’s home city.

Legendary pop group Girls Aloud have just wrapped up three days in Newcastle, as part of their reunion tour The Girls Aloud Show. 

The noughties girl group which were formed on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, have recently reunited to celebrate their music and honour the memory of their band mate Sarah Harding, who sadly passed away from breast cancer in 2021.

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As part of their reunion tour, Girls Aloud made a return to Cheryl’s home city of Newcastle for three days on Friday, May 31, Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2.

I attended the show on Saturday, June 1 and genuinely felt so full of emotion to see the girl group I have idolised since I was a little girl perform right in front of my eyes for the very first time. 

You see, when the members of Girls Aloud first burst onto our screens back in 2002, I was only seven years old. 

Although I was only young, I remember so vividly being absolutely obsessed with the girl group, especially once they released their iconic debut single Sound of the Underground, which went to number one that Christmas. 

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I absolutely adored Girls Aloud, and had such admiration for Cheryl Tweedy - a girl from just around the corner from me who managed to turn her pop star dreams into reality. 

As Girls Aloud released hit after hit, my love and worship for them grew even more. 

I have a very distinctive memory of receiving a karaoke machine in Christmas 2006, as well as their first greatest hits album The Sound of Girls Aloud, and took great delight in performing their iconic songs in front of my family.

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But it wasn’t just the music, I loved how Girls Aloud were super relatable and funny, which was shown on reality shows such as Girls Aloud: Off The Record and The Passions of Girls Aloud. 

Sadly, I never got the chance to see them live during their peak, and after their disbandment and the tragic loss of Sarah, I worried I never would. 

But then, Girls Aloud announced that they would be embarking on a reunion tour in memory of Sarah, a very special tour for not only the girls themselves but the fans. 

The show was absolutely out-of-this-world, from start to finish. The vocals, the choreography, the costumes, the setlist and the stage design was everything I could have dreamed of and more. 

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I laughed, I cried, I danced my socks off and sang my heart out. 

The Girls Aloud Show at Newcastle's Utilita ArenaThe Girls Aloud Show at Newcastle's Utilita Arena
The Girls Aloud Show at Newcastle's Utilita Arena | Holly Allton

As I enjoyed every minute of the show, I took a moment to reflect on little me, and allowed myself to let my inner child out, which I found incredibly healing. 

But while I was emotional for my own reasons, I was also tearing up due to how much Girls Aloud let Sarah and her talent shine throughout the gig. 

During I’ll Stand By You, an audio track of only Sarah’s vocals was played while the rest of the band performed backing vocals. A truly emotional and unforgettable moment. Girls Aloud ensured Sarah was able to take the spotlight through most of the songs performed. 

The Girls Aloud Show really was the best concert experience I have ever had, and a memory I will truly never forget.

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