by Madeline Weaver-Nolting ’19
The Spice Girls are back. One of the biggest girl groups in the world surprised fans when they announced that they will be reuniting for a tour in the United Kingdom in 2019. Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton, Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell Horner, Melanie “Mel C” or “Sporty Spice” Chisholm, and Melanie “Mel B” or “Scary Spice” Brown are all set to reunite for their first tour since Halliwell left the band in 1998, before the rest of the band broke up in 2000. Victoria Beckham, or “Posh Spice,” will be the only Spice Girl not in attendance.
Although she will not be touring with the Spice Girls, Beckham seems to be doing just fine. As a highly esteemed fashion designer, she is arguably the most successful Spice Girl out of all of the members. Sporty Spice said, “It’s actually quite funny, I saw Victoria recently and you know, obviously we’ve all been in contact, she’s still very much a part of the Spice Girls. But she did raise the point that she was never actually asked…because we just presumed.” Scary Spice hinted that Posh Spice might make a guest appearance at the 2019 tour, saying, “It’s just the four of us that are fully confirmed, but Vic might join us at some point.”
The group’s U.K. stadium tour is set to begin in May 2019 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff and will continue until the final show on June 15 at London Wembley Stadium. The Spice Girls’ ticket sales managed to break Ticketmaster records in the U.K. as millions of fans tried to purchase tickets; the band added four more shows to please their fans who were unable to get tickets.
The Spice Girls have been essential to the development in the pop music scene—especially in pushing for “girl power.” The group broke several music records including their debut album Spice, which became the best-selling album ever by a girl group with over 23 million copies sold worldwide.
The singers also released three studio albums and 13 singles—with nine of them going to number one in the UK (BBC). The last time the group all performed together was in 2012 at the closing of the Olympic Games in London.