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Canterbury: Steps will play at the Spitfire Ground for their Grandslam 2018: Summer of Steps tour with Blue

By Angela Cole

Nineties dancefloor supremos Steps will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a date in Kent next summer.

The group, who have returned to the charts and performing together, will play the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury in June.

They will be in Canterbury as part of their summer outdoor tour, Grandslam 2018: Summer of Steps, at the Spitfire Ground, the home of Kent County Cricket Club, on Saturday, June 9 - and will be joined by special guests Blue.

Steps are bringing their Summer of Steps tour to Kent
Steps are bringing their Summer of Steps tour to Kent

Steps first broke on to the pop scene in 1997 and their debut single 5,6,7,8 achieved recordbreaking success. They went on to achieve an unbroken run of 14 Top 5 singles - including three No.1s - two four-times Platinum albums and one five-times Platinum album.

By the time they split in 2001, they had notched up 20 million in record sales and seven sold-out arena tours. A decade later, they reunited, shooting to No.1 with their hits compilation and a sell-out tour.

This year they released Tears on the Dancefloor, which achieved Silver status in just three weeks, and has been re-released as a deluxe edition.

Steps said: "We can’t wait to play outdoors across the UK next summer following on from our sold-out Party on the Dancefloor arena tour this winter. The appetite for Steps has never been stronger, and we are thrilled to continue performing throughout next year. We promise to deliver a massive party at our summer gigs. Bring your family and bring your friends – we cannot wait to see you there."

Blue will be performing at the Spitfire Ground, Canterbury
Blue will be performing at the Spitfire Ground, Canterbury

Blue dominated the charts from the early 2000s and have amassed five studio albums - including three UK No.1 Platinum-selling albums - two Brit Awards and more than 40 million record sales worldwide.

Antony Costa, Duncan James, Simon Webbe and Medway's own Lee Ryan's debut single All Rise hit the UK charts at No.4, followed closely by their No.1 hit Too Close. In 2005, they took a hiatus to pursue individual interests before reuniting for the 2009 Capital FM Summertime Ball. Two years later they officially reunited to represent the UK in the
Eurovision Song Contest. Last month, they released their biography All Rise: Our Story.

Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of promoters LHG Live, said: "Steps are amazing performers and put on a terrific show. We are thrilled to be working with them on their 2018 summer outdoor tour. They are better than they have ever been! We welcome their strong legion of fans who have followed them throughout their career, also many new fans. With Blue completing the line up we’re looking forward to a terrific summer in Kent."

Tickets cost from £39.50 and go on sale on Friday, November 17 November at 9am. To book visit stepsofficial.net, ticketmaster.co.uk or lhgtickets.com Tickets are all standing. There are limited accessible tickets also available at ticketmaster.co.uk

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