UK pop act All Saints have announced that they will play their first show in over a decade it has been revealed today.
Their first live outing in ten years – which follows the news that their new album Red Flag will be released on April 8 – will feature the group’s original line-up of Melanie Blatt, Shaznay Lewis and sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton, with the group tipped off to play new material from ‘Red Flag’ alongside more well-known hits.
The show will take place at KOKO in London on 4 April. Watch a teaser video from June 2015 announced the rumoured reformation.
The newly reformed pop group – who came to prominence in the 1990s – are set to release their comeback single ‘One Strike’, which was inspired by Nicole Appleton’s split from Liam Gallagherthis week.
The news follows the group teasing their 2016 comeback via their Twitter account in January, posting a peaking image of the band against a gray background with the text ‘2016’.
The girl band’s last album was 2006’s ‘Studio 1’, their third, which was certified gold in the UK, selling more than 100,000 copies. The compilation album ‘Pure Shores: The Very Best Of’ was released more recently in 2010, but the acts major successes came around the turn of the century.
Debut album ‘All Saints’ peaked at number two in the UK, while follow-up ‘Saints and Sinners’ ultimately sold fewer copies, but grabbed the number one spot. The eponymous debut is certified five times platinum in the UK.
Having reformed from 2006 to 2009 after a five-year break, the band reformed again in 2013, and haven’t officially disbanded since, though they’ve been quiet for a while. They played 2014 dates with the Backstreet Boys and at a couple of UK festivals, but haven’t played together in public since their V Festival shows in August of that year.
View the teaser tweet via All Saints official Twitter account below:
— All Saints (@AllSaintsOffic) January 1, 2016
Another 2014 plan from the band, that would have seen them tour with Atomic Kitten and East 17, saw shows canceled.
The ‘Another Time Another Place’ tour was due to visit Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham in November 2014 but was called off six months before the shows were due to take place.
Melanie Blatt in particular has a history of denying reunion rumours, having told London Lite in 2009 “All Saints are never getting back together again. I never want to sing again. I recently did the Brits with Nic and we just went round chatting to people and then got drunk. That’s my goal—to get paid for chatting to people and getting drunk!” Blatt has served as a judge in X-Factor New Zealand in recent years.
The group formed in 1993, and won two BRIT Awards and an Ivor Novello Award around the turn of the century. They lost original member Simone Rainford to kidney cancer in May 2013.