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The Nolan's Bid A Fond Farewell On Final Tour

Published by: Steve Burbridge on 26th Sep 2012 | View all blogs by Steve Burbridge


The announcement that The Nolan’s are going out on the road one last time marks the end of a showbiz era. Their 19-date farewell tour, which kicks off in February next year and includes a gig at Newcastle City Hall, is entitled In The Mood For Dancing . . . One Last Time and it promises to be a nostalgic and reminiscent affair. The sensational sister act decided to bow out in style after being overwhelmed by the reaction to their 2009 reunion tour, I’m In The Mood . . . Again! So, it seems timely to take a fond look back at the frenzied reaction to their reunion tour and a poignant look forward to their final farewell.

They put an entire generation in the mood for dancing back in the ’70s and ’80s with their wholesome brand of pop, which preceded The Spice Girls, Bananarama and Girls Aloud, and earned themselves a place in British chart history as one of the most successful girl groups ever.

Thirty years later, in 2009, The Nolan’s reunited for what would turn out to be the most talked-about tour of the year. When Bernie, Linda, Maureen and Coleen revealed that they were getting back together to tour the UK, the announcement even made the headlines on News at Ten.

Box offices around the country were inundated with calls and venues sold out in a matter of hours, as fans snapped up tickets like hot cakes, prompting a number of additional dates to be added onto the tour.

Packed with a combination of classic diva anthems - such as I Will Survive, It’s Raining Men and Holding Out For A Hero - and the biggest hits from their own back catalogue, including Attention To Me, Chemistry and everyone’s favourite, I’m In The Mood For Dancing, The Nolan’s took Newcastle by storm when they performed at the Metro Radio Arena that October.

But the Newcastle gig almost never happened.

“On the last tour, Newcastle wasn’t in there to begin with,” Bernie remembered. “But we went to Newcastle to do an interview for something else and there was murder – we had emails and letters asking: ‘Why aren’t you coming?’. So, we put a date in for Newcastle and it was absolutely fantastic.”

Having slung the spandex, banished the boob-tubes and parted with the platforms, the costumes were sophisticated, stylish and yet equally as sexy. And for those who still appreciated a bit of glitzy glamour, there were sequins, stiletto heels and curve-enhancing cocktail dresses galore.

The show was a spectacular mix of incredible vocals, beautiful harmonies, hunky male dancers and sensational choreographed routines and it quickly developed into an enormous party, with women of all ages taking to the aisles and dancing around their handbags.

The success of the tour wasn’t only due to the high production values associated with it, but also to the fact that the likelihood of it happening, in the first place, seemed slim. Each of the sisters was busy with their own highly successful solo careers.

Bernie had established herself as a serious actress, playing leading roles in series’ such as Brookside and The Bill. Linda and Maureen were scoring success in the world of musical theatre, most notably for their portrayals of Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers, and Coleen was a popular presenter on daytime television programmes such as Loose Women and This Morning.

So, the reaction to the tour far surpassed the expectations of the Irish sister act and they were genuinely overwhelmed by the loyalty and support of their fans.

“It was the most fun I think we’ve ever had,” said Maureen. “It was just amazing - pure unadulterated cheese and such camp fun! And the reaction we got from the public was just fantastic, we were so grateful.”

Bernie added: “We have high hopes for Newcastle on this farewell tour. We insisted that the city was put in this time, so I hope they don’t let us down.”

As if we Geordies would!

Steve Burbridge.








  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    I'm in the moooood, for dancing ... C'mon, everybody ... Romancing ... :o)
  • Steve Burbridge
    by Steve Burbridge 5 years ago
    Haha! You're mad, Cammy! Will you be going?
  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    Do you know ... the Nolans are something of a guilty pleasure. I have loved seeing them on stage in various roles separately over the years - they are incredibly talented individuals - but I'll bet their live show would be a fantastic event!!
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