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Ten: The Hits Tour
Tour by Girls Aloud
GirlsAloud TheHitsTourPoster.jpg
Promotional poster for the tour
Associated album Ten
Start date 21 February 2013
End date 20 March 2013
Legs 1
No. of shows 20
Girls Aloud concert chronology

Ten: The Hits Tour (also known as the 10th Anniversary Tour) was the sixth and final concert tour by British girl group Girls Aloud, in support of the group's second greatest hits album, Ten (2012). The tour was the group's first tour in four years, following a three-year hiatus.[1][2] The tour ranked on Pollstar's annual "Top 100 Mid Year Worldwide Tours". It earned £7.8m ($13.5m) from 20 shows.[3][2]


Following their Out of Control Tour in 2009, the group announced they would take a year long hiatus before returning for a new album in 2010. The plans never came to be.[4] In early 2012 various sources began indicating that group were to reunite to celebrate their 10-year anniversary in the autumn of that year. The group began secret recording sessions in April/May 2012 for an upcoming album.[5] On 19 October 2012 the group held a press conference where they officially announced their reunion as well as plans to release a greatest hits album, Ten, in November followed by a tour early in 2013. The tour's first fourteen dates in the United Kingdom and Ireland were announced the same date.[5] Due to popular demand, the band announced extra dates in London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Belfast and Dublin.[6][7]

Broadcast and recordings[edit]

The shows in London on the 1 and 2 March 2013 were recorded for a DVD release.[8] It was broadcast on MTV freeview channel Viva on Saturday 30 March 2013. The show was then repeated on MTV Music and MTV Live HD the following day. The broadcast omitted two songs, "Call Me Maybe" and "Beautiful 'Cause You Love Me". A DVD titled Ten – The Hits Tour featuring the full-length show except "Call Me Maybe" was released on 11 November 2013.[9]

Opening act[edit]


Girls Aloud performing "Sound of the Underground" in London.
  1. "Sound of the Underground"
  2. "No Good Advice"
  3. "Life Got Cold"
  4. "Wake Me Up"
  5. "Jump"
  6. "The Show" (Contains elements of "Models")
  7. "Love Machine"
  8. "Whole Lotta History"
  9. "Can't Speak French"
  10. "Biology"
  11. "Sexy! No No No..."
  12. "Untouchable"
  13. "On the Metro"
  14. "Call the Shots"
  15. "Something Kinda Ooooh"
  16. "Call Me Maybe" (Carly Rae Jepsen cover)
  17. "Beautiful 'Cause You Love Me"
  18. "Something New"
  19. "I'll Stand by You"
  20. "The Promise"


Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
21 February 2013 Newcastle England Metro Radio Arena
22 February 2013
23 February 2013
25 February 2013 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
26 February 2013 Birmingham LG Arena
27 February 2013
1 March 2013 London The O2 Arena
2 March 2013
3 March 2013
5 March 2013 Manchester Manchester Arena
6 March 2013
7 March 2013
9 March 2013 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
10 March 2013
11 March 2013
13 March 2013 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
14 March 2013
16 March 2013 Dublin Ireland The O2
19 March 2013 Nottingham England Capital FM Arena Nottingham
20 March 2013 Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool
Cancellations and rescheduled shows

17 March 2013

Dublin, Ireland

The O2

Cancelled due to "transportation issues."[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Kate Mossman of The Guardian wrote "Girls Aloud are still a formidable pop engine – 10 legs and a beat – with a natural sense of economy, which extends to their emotions on stage. Maybe if the farewells – such as they are – come from the less powerful members then they might be easier to go back on." Joanne Dorken said in her review for MTV "Girls Aloud's tour had it all – tears and emotions, mixed with glitter and sparkle, proving that these girls are definitely the leaders of the pack and know how to put on an impressive show." [14] Diane Bourne wrote for the Manchester Evening News "Sadly, by the end, with group hugs and teary eyes from the girls, you get the sense that this tenth anniversary tour is a farewell, rather than a comeback. But with such palpable love from this audience, you certainly wouldn’t bet against their return again. Just don’t wait another ten girls..." [15] Simon Gallagher from WhatCulture! wrote "If this is indeed the end, and the tearful goodbyes (especially from hometown girl Cheryl [Cole]) would suggest so, the world of pop will be missing one of its crown jewels. And while there are now some new girl groups on the block, there are very few out there, whether "manufactured" or otherwise, who can match Girls Aloud for their performance or the staging of their tours." [16] Andre Paine wrote for The Evening Standard "Crucially, they also liked their fans and got up close to the crowd after being transported to the middle of the venue for a sequence including the bracing electropop tune "Call the Shots". "The Promise" was a rousing finale to a celebration of their first 10 years — a lifetime in pop, yet Girls Aloud looked like a group in their prime and hungry for hits." [17]

However, Josh Darvill of TellyMix gave the concert a mixed review stating "...it was, as we would've expected, pretty epic. Standing atop of a giant Girls Aloud logo, the group looked stunning as they went to perform some of their earliest singles, including "Life Got Cold". While a fun night, as big Girls Aloud fans, we couldn't help but feel a little underwhelmed. Whether in a nod to past tours or simply due to laziness, various parts of the concert had been copied and pasted from performances past. "Sexy! No No No..."'s intro has been taken straight from the Tangled Up [Tour] opening, while the group's "Love Machine" breakdown is a carbon copy of their Out of Control [Tour] number, even down to the choreography. After three years of waiting, we can’t help but feeling a tad disappointed with what will no doubt prove to be the girls’ last ever concert together."[18]


  • ^ Data from study is collected from all worldwide concerts held between January 1 and June 30, 2012. All monetary figures are based in U.S. dollars. All information is based upon extensive research conducted by Pollstar.


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  13. ^ "Girls Aloud cancel St Patrick's gig in Dublin... as Cheryl Cole laughs off pregnancy rumours following illness". Daily Mail. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Lolene - MTV UK". Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
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