After months of rumours about a potential JLS reunion, it’s finally been confirmed with a post on the band’s official Twitter account. The tweet announced that all four members of JLS will be touring the UK and Ireland at the end of 2020 and it’s all the internet can talk about.
IT’S TIME!! Our #BeatAgainTour is coming your way this Nov/Dec. We can’t wait to be reunited with you all!
— JLS (@JLSOfficial) February 12, 2020
This year marks seven years since the group split in 2013. When speaking about their return, the members agreed that “this is the right time for us to get back on stage and perform in front of our loyal fans”. The fans are most certainly loyal, given the reactions on social media.
But while many are still getting over this initial stage of excitement, some may be wondering which songs they’ll hear if they buy tickets. As is typical of reunion tours, there is no talk of new music, so it can be assumed that all of the fan favourites will be included, complete with dance routines.
So far, there are 15 tour dates, kicking off in Dublin on 12th November and closing in Birmingham on 28th December. Titled ‘Beat Again’ after hit song of 2009, tour tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday 21st February on TicketMaster, but fans can register for early access pre-sale.
Check out the full tour dates below, and register for pre-sale here.
12/11/2020 – 3Arena – Dublin
13/11 – SSE Arena – Belfast
15/11 – Brighton Centre – Brighton
16/11 – Bournemouth International Centre – Bournemouth
18/11 – Motorpoint Arena – Cardiff
19/11 – Bonus Arena – Hull
20/11 – Flydsa Arena – Sheffield
21/11 – Utilita Arena – Newcastle
25/11 – First Direct Arena – Leeds
26/11 – The SSE Hydro – Glasgow
27/11 – Manchester Arena – Manchester
30/11 – M&S Bank Arena – Liverpool
01/12 – The O2 – London
02/12 – Motorpoint Arena – Nottingham
28/12 – Resorts World Arena – Birmingham
Created by Ortisé Williams, other JLS members are Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, and JB Gill. It’s been 12 years since the band came runner up to Alexandra Burke on X Factor in 2008, before officially launching their music careers. They had five number 1 singles in the UK, including ‘Beat Again’ and ‘Everybody in Love’, the first singles from their self-titled debut album (released 2009). The album itself sold over a million copies and won two Brit Awards, which was followed by three more multi-platinum albums.
Once the band split, the members kept working on their own projects, with Williams going on to win the first series of ITV dance show ‘Stepping Out’ and release a solo single in 2015. Humes was a host on The Voice from 2014-2016 and co-presented The Official Big Top 40 from 2014-2018; he now hosts BBC One music quiz ‘The Hit List’.
Gill won the Christmas Special edition of Strictly Come Dancing in 2012 and also released a solo single, currently presenting a show on children’s TV channel CBeebies. Finally, Merrygold created a solo album, but only went as far as putting out the lead single. Just like his JLS “brother”, he performed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, from which he was eliminated.