Like all good things, at some point, bands come to an end. Regardless of if they part amicably or have the bust-up of the decade, they often reform eventually whether it be for financial or nostalgic reasons. As always there have been tons of reunion rumors flying around for 2019, so we’ve created a list of some of the biggest names who are 100% reuniting this year.
Where: United Kingdom
When: May - June 2019
So the Spice Girls minus Posh Spice, Victoria Beckham (obviously she has a fashion empire to run) have announced another reunion tour: Reunion Spice World UK Tour. The girls have confirmed there are no hard feelings towards Posh and they completely understand her wanting to focus on her brand. The girls originally got back together in 2007-2008 for a world tour but quickly called it quits after struggling to be away from their young families. Maybe now their kids are a bit older, they’ll be able to stick with it, without canceling any shows. There’s no confirmed plans to extend the reunion into a world tour, but all but 3 of their shows are already sold out so you never know you’re luck. Maybe they’re just waiting to see if the UK tour goes well, to save the embarrassment of having to cancel again.
When: June 2019 onwards into 2020
So it’s a bit of an odd one this one. ABBA are producing new music and are going on tour for the first time in 35 years. The only thing is, the actual band members won’t physically be on the tour performing live. In one of the first tours of its kind, ABBA’s world tour will be using ‘ABBAtars’ (holographic avatars of the band) creating, at least from their side, an entirely virtual experience. The ABBAtars will be all singing, all dancing copies of the bands 1979 selves, but supposedly the technology is so high tech you won’t be able to tell they aren’t human.
Era: 80s - 00s
Where: USA & United Kingdom
When: May - October 2019
Commemorating 25 years since the release of ‘Cracked Rear View’ Hootie and the Blowfish are back from their hiatus and solo projects with a 56 date tour AND a new album. Their first, new album since 2005, it’ll be interesting to see if they’re exploring new waters or keeping it old school. Originally only 44 dates, the band added another 12 by popular demand. The tour kicks off at the end of the month in the band’s hometown of South Carolina, USA, and finishes in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Genre: Pop/Pop Rock
Era: 00s -10s
Where: USA & Mexico
When: August - December 2019
The Jonas Brothers announced their comeback on the 28th February 2019 and had released new music with 2 days. The new single ‘Sucker’ reached number 1 on the Billboard 100 making it their first number 1 since 2003 and their new album ‘Happiness Begins’ is due for release at the start of next month. Compared to some of the others on this list, the Jonas Brothers have one of the shortest gaps before getting back together. I was surprised to find out it’s only been 6 years since the boys called it quits. The Jo Bros were around whilst I was a teenager, so I guess there’s been a hell of a lot that's happened in my life since then, which is why it feels like a lifetime ago for me.
Genre: Alternative Rock/Post Hardcore
When: June-July 2019
Jawbox haven’t toured for 22 years and have only played together for a one off performance on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show in 2009. The band never really fell out and they’ve been in contact ever since they split in 1997 so a reunion isn’t that unexpected. Having been almost 10 years in discussions, Jawbox have finally decided now is the right time for a reunion tour. Like most bands, there’s been multiple members who’ve come and gone over the years and this reunion is made up of the most well known members Coletta, Zach Barocas, J. Robbins and Bill Bardot. It’s currently a 12 date tour, but the band have said they’re open to doing more dates in the future.
Genre: Punk Rock
Where: USA - only NY and LA
When: April-June 2019
Queens of the 1990’s Punk Rock era Bikini Kill are back performing shows for the first time since 1997. They were trailblazers for the cultural feminist resistance movement ‘Riot Grrrl’, which encouraged women to create zines, form bands, take an interest in politics and feminism and make a stand against sexism and homophobia (a slightly different approach to the Spice Girls ‘Girl Power’ ethos). The band reunited to perform a single song in 2017, but this will be there first full shows since breaking up the band. Originally starting with only 3 tour dates (not sure that can really be classed as a tour), they’ve now added another 4 shows in LA and NY bringing the total to 7 dates.
Era: late 90s-00s
When: May 2019 onwards
Westlife are getting the band back together to mark their 20th anniversary… well apart from Brian McFadden. As well as a UK tour, the Irish pop band are releasing new music and they’ve teamed up with Ed Sheeran to write some of it. It’ll be their 11th album and first album since 2001! Despite their new music, I’m sure they’ll be playing plenty of their classics on the tour too, so there’s no need to panic if you’re an old school fan. What started out as a UK and Ireland tour quickly, spiraled into a world tour. The band were even quoted saying “Every country that wants to see Westlife will see us at some point. We won’t step away from this until we’ve managed to tour the world.” So watch this space, they could be coming to a country near you.