Girls Aloud at Utilita Arena Sheffield: What to expect from the show, how to get there, timings and setlist

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Eleven years since their last live show, the biggest girl band of the noughties are back on the road.

Girls Aloud’s huge arena tour across the UK and Ireland, which hits 12 cities in 30 days, is coming to Sheffield tonight (May 28).

Along with the pop bangers that fans know and love, concert-goers tonight should expect some intense and emotional moments, too.

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Tributes to band member Sarah Harding, who passed away from breast cancer in 2021, aged 39, have been scattered throughout the shows.

Her distinctive vocals singing words from The Promise, ‘here I am, walking Primrose, wondering when I’m gonna see you again’, paired with visuals of her on the screens, left bandmates Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh holding back tears when performing in her hometown of Manchester.

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They have not released any new music or filmed any music videos, but have opted to celebrate their rich back catalogue and groundbreaking success they achieved as a five.

Sarah’s spirit has been prominent throughout the tour so far, not only in the intense and emotional moments, but in the exciting, lively and funny moments too. 

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In a show on BBC Radio 2 on Monday (May 27), Kimberley Walsh said: “For me, I just love, I can see it in my mind whenever I want, seeing her perform Footloose on tour. 

“To me, it just epitomises everything about her that was just so electric and wild. And the way she moved, like everything! If I need to feel Sarah that's what I watch.”

And lighthearted moments have been present in the shows, particularly when things are not quite going to plan - one wardrobe malfunction saw Cheryl’s dress fail to inflate with the rest of the band, and Nadine Coyle endured a lyric slip-up in their Dublin show.

Mid-way through their cover of The Pointer Sister’s Jump, she appeared to be getting the lyrics wrong before singing in their place, “I’m singing the wrong words,” and laughing as she carried on with the performance.

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Here is everything we know about the emotional, exciting, and hopefully mistake-free performance that Sheffield fans should expect tonight.

The Girls Aloud Show Arena Tour 2024.The Girls Aloud Show Arena Tour 2024.
The Girls Aloud Show Arena Tour 2024. | Girls Aloud

How do I get to Utilita Arena Sheffield?

The tram maintenance works provide a bit of an obstacle to some concert-goers tonight.

Instead of taking the tram from the city centre to the Arena stop, use the temporary Green service.

It will operate from Sheffield Station to Meadowhall, and will take you directly to the Arena.

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Car parking tickets at the arena have sold out, but Meadowhall have agreed to let Girls Aloud fans park in their Blue and Green car parks until 12.30am on May 29.

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Credit: Utilita Arena Sheffield | Utilita Arena Sheffield

Meadowhall has direct access to the Arena tram stop via tram (seven minute journey from the Tinsley Tram Stop), or it is a 25 minute walk.

More information on the specific tram disruptions can be found here.

What are the show times for Girls Aloud in Sheffield?

The timings, approximately, are as follows:

Car park and box office: 4pm

Doors open: 6pm

DJ Mr Theo: 8pm

Interval: 8:30pm

Girls Aloud on stage: 8:45pm

Curfew: 11pm

Girls Aloud announced a reunion tour at the end of 2023, in memory of their bandmate Sarah.Girls Aloud announced a reunion tour at the end of 2023, in memory of their bandmate Sarah.
Girls Aloud announced a reunion tour at the end of 2023, in memory of their bandmate Sarah. | Instagram

What is on the Girls Aloud reunion tour setlist?

For the shows so far, fans have documented the setlist as follows:

Untouchable

The Show

Something New

Love Machine

Can’t Speak French

Biology

Whole Lotta History

Girls Aloud won their first BRIT in 2009, winning Best Single for The Promise.Girls Aloud won their first BRIT in 2009, winning Best Single for The Promise.
Girls Aloud won their first BRIT in 2009, winning Best Single for The Promise. | Getty Images

Wake Me Up

Sound of the Underground

Girl Overboard

No Good Advice

Graffiti My Soul

Long Hot Summer

I’ll Stand by You

Sexy! No No No…

Girls Aloud in the iconic dresses from the Love Machine video in the mid-noughties.Girls Aloud in the iconic dresses from the Love Machine video in the mid-noughties.
Girls Aloud in the iconic dresses from the Love Machine video in the mid-noughties. | Getty Images

On the Metro

Jump (For My Love)

Call the Shots

Something Kinda Ooooh

The Promise

Can I still get tickets to Girls Aloud?

Yes - head over to Ticketmaster to grab last-minute tickets, some of which have been reduced in price.

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