What Will the Neighbours Say...? Tour

What Will The Neighbours Say...?
Tour by Girls Aloud

Cover of itinerary guide for the tour
Associated album What Will the Neighbours Say?
Start date 4 May 2005
End date 2 June 2005
Legs 1
No. of shows 21
Girls Aloud concert chronology

What Will The Neighbours Say...? was the first concert tour by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud. It supported their second studio album, What Will the Neighbours Say?. Girls Aloud initially planned to tour in 2003 with their fellow Popstars: The Rivals contestants; however, the tour was cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Girls Aloud announced their first headlining tour in December 2004. Girls Aloud performed twenty-two dates in theatre-sized venues across the United Kingdom and Ireland, beginning in Nottingham on 4 May 2005 and concluding in Dublin on 2 June 2005.

The show was divided into four distinct sections, including a ballad section. The set list consisted of songs from Girls Aloud's first two albums, Sound of the Underground and What Will the Neighbours Say?, as well as cover versions. The stage featured a stairway, where Girls Aloud made their first appearance for the opening performance of "The Show". The tour received generally favourable reception from critics. The tour was a commercial success, allowing Girls Aloud to perform in arenas for their Chemistry Tour in 2006. In December 2005, the show was released on DVD as What Will the Neighbours Say? Live in Concert.


Girls Aloud had previously planned to embark on a Popstars: The Rivals tour in March 2003, alongside their fellow winners One True Voice as well as other contestants.[1] However, the tour was cancelled due to poor ticket sales.[2] The tour would have included shows at London's Wembley Arena and Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre.[2] Girls Aloud's manager Louis Walsh said the group would tour by themselves later in the year; however, these plans never came into fruition.[2]

Seventeen tour dates were initially announced by various news sources in December 2004.[3][4] Tickets went on sale on 10 December 2004.[4] Extra shows were added at the Manchester Apollo and London's Hammersmith Apollo respectively, due to the high demand.[5] Three more dates for Ireland and Northern Ireland were added, one at Belfast's Waterfront Hall and two at Dublin's Olympia Theatre.[5] "We've been itching to do this for a long time", Kimberley Walsh told press. "We decided to wait until we had two albums worth of songs to perform before we took to the stage. The time is right for us to give the fans a show they deserve."[3]

Concert synopsis

The first song performed is "The Show", the first single from What Will the Neighbours Say?.[6] Girls Aloud appear at the top of a stairway and greet the fans, wearing tight jeans and metallic tops, before performing album track "Here We Go".[7] The opening section of the show closes with Girls Aloud's cover of the Duran Duran song "Girls on Film". For the show's second section, Girls Aloud perform in sexualised versions of school uniforms. Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" serves as an introduction to "No Good Advice".[6] They then perform the album track "Graffiti My Soul" and the single "Wake Me Up". Girls Aloud perform "a poppy version" of Wheatus' "Teenage Dirtbag", led by Nicola Roberts.[7]

Girls Aloud wear long dresses for the third section of the tour, which is a ballad section. The group opens the set with their single "Life Got Cold", followed by the album track "Deadlines & Diets." The final song in this section is a cover of The Pretenders' "I'll Stand by You", previously a number one hit for Girls Aloud. The final section of the show begins with the single "Love Machine" and the album track "Real Life". A cover of Chic's "Le Freak" is incorporated into the debut album track "Girls Allowed". The group has a disco dance-off.[7] Girls Aloud end the show with their cover of The Pointer Sisters' "Jump", before returning with an encore of their debut single "Sound of the Underground" with an extended dance breakdown.[6]

Opening acts


  1. "The Show"
  2. "Here We Go"
  3. "Girls on Film"
  4. "Another Brick in the Wall" / "No Good Advice"
  5. "Graffiti My Soul"
  6. "Wake Me Up"
  7. "Teenage Dirtbag"
  8. "Life Got Cold"
  9. "Deadlines & Diets"
  10. "I'll Stand By You"
  11. "Love Machine"
  12. "Real Life"
  13. "Girls Allowed" / "Le Freak"
  14. "Jump"
  15. "Sound of the Underground"

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
4 May 2005 Nottingham England Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
5 May 2005 Brighton Brighton Centre
7 May 2005 Plymouth Plymouth Pavilions
8 May 2005 Cardiff Wales Cardiff International Arena
9 May 2005 Oxford England New Theatre Oxford
11 May 2005 Blackpool Opera House Theatre
12 May 2005 Carlisle Sands Centre, Carlisle
13 May 2005 Glasgow Scotland Clyde Auditorium
14 May 2005 Edinburgh Edinburgh Playhouse
16 May 2005 Newcastle England Newcastle City Hall
18 May 2005 Manchester Manchester Apollo
19 May 2005
20 May 2005 Sheffield Hallam FM Arena
21 May 2005 Birmingham National Indoor Arena
23 May 2005 Bristol Colston Hall
24 May 2005 Portsmouth Portsmouth Guildhall
25 May 2005 Ipswich Regent Theatre
27 May 2005 Liverpool Liverpool Empire Theatre
28 May 2005 London Hammersmith Apollo
29 May 2005
31 May 2005 Belfast Northern Ireland Waterfront Hall
1 June 2005 Dublin Republic of Ireland Olympia Theatre
2 June 2005

Broadcast and recordings

What Will the Neighbours Say? Live in Concert
Video by Girls Aloud
Released 7 November 2005
Recorded 28–29 May 2005
Hammersmith Apollo
Genre Live, pop
Length 175 minutes
Label Polydor
Director Jonathan Potts
Girls Aloud chronology
Girls on Film
What Will the Neighbours Say? Live in Concert
Girls Aloud: Greatest Hits Live From Wembley Arena

The show was recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo on 28 and 29 May 2005. The recording has been broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. A DVD of the concert, What Will the Neighbours Say? Live in Concert, was released on 7 November 2005.[8] The footage was directed and edited by Jonathan Potts, while David Venni provided photography.[9] The DVD was produced by Richmond Studios. They used in-house video production skills to provide especially shot menus and interviews with the Girls.[10] In addition to the show in its entire, the DVD consists of bonus material, such as the music video for "Long Hot Summer" and a featurette documenting its creation. Photo galleries, screen savers, interviews with Girls Aloud, an interactive game, and a making of the DVD are also included.[10] The DVD charted within the top ten of the DVD chart.

Audio of "Love Machine" and "Real Life" were included on the single release of "Long Hot Summer". Later, an audio recording of the "Teenage Dirtbag" performance was included as a b-side to Girls Aloud's 2006 single "Whole Lotta History". A studio recording of the cover was finally released in 2007 on the compilation Radio 1: Established 1967.

Critical reception

In a review of the DVD, MusicOMH stated "this features all that you'd ever want from a pop concert [...] almost every song is a cracker."[6]


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  5. 1 2 "Girls Aloud unveil UK tour schedule". TourDates.co.uk. 10 January 2005. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
  6. 1 2 3 4 "Girls Aloud – What Will The Neighbours Say Live (Polydor)". MusicOMH. 2 November 2005. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
  7. 1 2 3 Kelly Karrington (11 July 2007). "A review of Girls Aloud's What Will the Neighbours Say? Tour". Yahoo! Voices. Yahoo!. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  8. "Girls Aloud- What Will The Neighbours Say? Live in Concert [2005] [DVD] [2007]". Amazon.co.uk. Amazon.com. Retrieved 2 December 2008.
  9. "What Will the Neighbors Say? Live in Concert [DVD]". MSN Music. MSN. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
  10. 1 2 "Richmond Studios charts with Girls Aloud". 4rfv.co.uk. 23 November 2005. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
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