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Bananarama Return and Tour

The girls sold 40million records and had an image that defined the 80s.

Now, 29 years after their last gig, I can exclusively reveal the original trio are to reunite, taking to the stage again in a huge pop comeback

KEREN WOODWARD, SARA DALLIN and SIOBHAN FAHEY last performed at the Brit Awards in 1988 after six years at the top of the music game, before petty squabbles and in-fighting drove Siobhan to quit and form rival chart act SHAKESPEARE’S SISTER.

But the trio have put their differences behind them to launch a UK tour, with tickets going on sale this week, and have hopes to take the show further afield.

The reunion has been kept top secret for weeks, but in an exclusive interview they told how they are thrilled to be back together, although there are plenty of nerves too.

Sara said: “We first had a chat about it over Christmas and before we knew it the whole thing snowballed. Keren and I called Siobhan to chat about it and things went from there.”

Siobhan added: “By the time I managed to come over to talk about it, somehow it had become a done deal, the dates had been scheduled and we had a photoshoot arranged.

Sara said: “We first had a chat about it over Christmas and before we knew it the whole thing snowballed. Keren and I called Siobhan to chat about it and things went from there.”

Siobhan added: “By the time I managed to come over to talk about it, somehow it had become a done deal, the dates had been scheduled and we had a photoshoot arranged.

“It’s pretty nerve wracking for me, it was 29 years ago that I left so I’m rusty to say the least.

“I didn’t say ‘yes’ immediately, I was in complete shock but my heart felt a sense of absolute joy and I just felt it was the right time in my life.

“Emotionally it felt like something I needed to revisit, to go back to my roots and that time with my best friends.

“We’re going to go back and celebrate that extraordinary life we led together in our twenties.”

The band had blistering chart success, with ten singles reaching the UK top ten, including Cruel Summer, Venus, Love In The First Degree and Robert De Niro’s Waiting.

They also starred in the original Band Aid line-up for charity record Do They Know It’s Christmas in 1984.

And while the homemade outfits, pairing dungarees, cropped jackets and huge hair may be gone, I’m assured the hits that made them global superstars will still be there.

Keren explained: “In some ways it feels like a lifetime ago, but in others it feels like only yesterday. Our first rehearsal together is this week.

“It will be a celebration of the years we were together, rather than us trying to do new music.

"It’s when we had all our biggest hits and really had a lot of fun. We’ve still got time to plan the tour because it doesn’t launch until November but we’ve had a few early discussions and know that we’re going to be doing all of the greatest hits and more. We haven’t quite decided what that ‘more’ is going to be, yet – but it’s exciting.”

The band are signed with music supremo Peter Loraine, whose Fascination Records label has been home to GIRLS ALOUD, THE SATURDAYS and STEPS, so they’re in safe hands.

Full tour dates:
Glasgow SEC Armadillo                                    Sunday 12 November
Blackpool Opera House                                     Monday 13 November
Newcastle City Hall                                            Wednesday 15 November
York Barbican                                                   Thursday 16 November
Manchester O2 Apollo                                       Friday 17 November
London Eventim Apollo                                     Sunday 19 November
Bristol Colston Hall                                            Wednesday 22 November
Birmingham Barclaycard Arena                           Thursday 23 November
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall                           Friday 24 November
Bournemouth International Centre                       Sunday 26 November
Cardiff St David’s Hall                                       Monday 27 November
Plymouth Pavilions                                            Tuesday 28 November
Brighton Centre                                                 Thursday 30 November
Ipswich Regent                                                  Friday 1 December
Southend Cliffs Pavilion                                    Saturday 2 December

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