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Rachel Stevens: ‘The S Club comeback came with mixed emotions’

S Club star Rachel Stevens looks back on her year, bringing the iconic pop band back, and how the finer details – and priorities – of her life have altered drastically in the last decade.

Rachel Stevens has had a bit of a bumper year – for a number of reasons. The main change for her is that S Club returned in a big way throughout 2023, playing some of their biggest venues in the process.

Included in this run of shows was a couple of gigs at London’s O2 Arena, where their comeback reached its apex, placing them in front of 20,000 people and relaying some of their biggest songs to date once again.

For one, Stevens has two grown-up children to contend with in her household now. And, as a result, she exclusively tells Express.co.uk over Zoom, she’s forced to think about some of the more mundane things in life – like… keeping her glasses safe. Yeah, this probably isn’t something you’d expect a BRIT Award-winning pop star to be worrying about, but it’s a very real problem she thinks about.

“Obviously, glasses in itself are expensive,” Stevens explained, getting real. “And we want to look after them.” As a result, the S Club Party singer has teamed up with Vision Express to help promote their hugely generous Breakage and Loss Protection Cover, which “replaces and repairs broken designer glasses with 75 percent off as well as offering 50 percent off the replacement of glasses that have been lost”.

“I just think it’s such a brilliant thing which will help so many people,” she grinned through the phone. “I mean, because they’re expensive, aren’t they? So any help, and that kind of thing, it’s such a great thing to be involved with.”

Stevens also confessed that having children changed her touring life, as well. “I think, for me, initially it was just logistics,” she explained. “Because the last time I obviously in the band, I didn’t have children and it was it was different. This time around. I think we were all kind of, you know, working out the diaries of kids in the mix and all of that kind of thing. And you know, the thought of leaving them for go on the road was daunting.” She added: “But so wonderful to be back together… We were all so excited.”

That wasn’t the only massive change to hit the band, though. On April 6, 2023, S Club member Paul Cattermole was found dead at his home. As a result, the band rebranded from S Club 7 to S Club, and carried out their following shows in tribute to him.

“That was a really special thing to be able to do,” Stevens sombrely said of the comeback. “It was a mix of emotions, really – a real mix of emotions. It does feel like we all – I think we all would say the same – we all just fit back together again. We’ve got so much history and all this sort of banter and fun and just doing it a different stage of our life.”

Stevens continued: “And also bringing that nostalgia for our fans and people who are all grown up now who were like five and six who would come up to us before the show and say you were our childhood. It was really special to hear their stories and share them with our own. Yeah, it was a mix of everything.”

Thankfully, it sounds like this isn’t the last we’ll see or hear of S Club in the near future.

Stevens revealed: “Yeah, no, we are looking to carry on. We’ve got some festivals coming up in the summer, which is really exciting.”

“We are potentially working on new music,” she added, without elaboration. “So lots of talk about that.”

Rachel Stevens has partnered with Vision Express to highlight the benefits of its Breakage and Loss Protection Cover. Vision Express will replace and repair broken designer glasses with 75 percent off as well as offering 50 percent off the replacement of glasses that have been lost. Book an appointment for an eye test here.

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S Club to headline Alderfest

S Club are planning their year and the first of hopefully many events has finally been announced.

Fresh off the heels of ‘The Good Times Tour’ (set to debut in North America next month) and Rachel’s performance at Mighty Hoopla, it has been announced that S Club will be bringing their S Club party to Shropshire on Saturday 06 July 2024.

You can find out about other headliners and how to get tickets on their website by clicking here.

S Club to perform at Jingle Bell Ball

It has been announced that S Club are scheduled to perform at Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball on 10 December 2023.

This will mark the bands first televised performance since the inception of their reunion earlier this year.

Details on the setlist are non-existent but we think they are sure to perform their beloved “Never Had A Dream Come True” which was released in 2000 as the Children In Need single.

Speaking of ‘Never Had A Dream Come True’ the song will be released on streaming on 17 November 2023 along with the long sought after “Spiritual Love” and “Stand By You”.

You can purchase tickets for Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball by clicking here.

Rachel Stevens announced for “Mighty Hoopla” 2024

Following the abrupt cancellation of her 2023 appearance at ‘Mighty Hoopla’ Rachel has made good on her promise to “make it up” as she has been announced to appear at the festival on Sunday, 02 June 2024.

Rachel will appear along side Jessie Ware, Rita Ora, Delta Goodrem, Louise, and The Veronicas (to name a few).

This event will follow the rescheduled US dates for “The Good Times Tour” which now take place in February of 2024. The band has hinted at “exciting plans” for next year, with a promise of new music, but with all of those exciting plans, it is nice to see that S Clubbers will still be focusing on solo endeavors (even if it is just a one-off).

The festival will take place at Brockwell Park in London and tickets are now available.

Rachel Stevens to release book “Finding My Voice: A story of strength, self-belief and S Club 7”

You can add author to the long list of adjectives behind Rachel’s name as her new book titled Finding My Voice: A story of strength, self-belief and S Club 7 will be released on 25 April 2024 via Harper Collins.

The inspirational first book from S Club 7 legend Rachel Stevens

Whether as part of the iconic S Club 7 or as a successful solo artist, Rachel Stevens was in the eye of the 00s pop storm. Catapulted to fame at 18, her life took a whole new direction, and the whirlwind began.

Constantly stereotyped and controlled within the industry, she has privately struggled with her self-worth and mental health, and has since gone on a journey of personal growth.

Following a personal break-up and an S Club reunion – and having found her confidence and voice – Rachel is ready to be completely open and honest for the very first time.

Finding My Voice is Rachel’s unfiltered story about discovering her true self in a manufactured world.

An official announcement is expected soon, and you can pre-order the book on Amazon with more pre-order links to be available in the coming weeks/days.

Listen Now: S Club Girls on “Frosted Tips with Lance Bass”

Worlds collide as Lance Bass (*NSYNC) features the S Club girls in his latest episode of his podcast Frosted Tips where the band reminisce on the early days of S Club and divulge information on the upcoming tour which is set to launch in Manchester on the 12th!

You can check out the Podcast at any of the distributors listed below!

Check out some items you may have missed!!

  • Purchase tickets to the “Good Times Tour”
  • Shop the S Club Shop (To include 12″ Vinyls)
  • Stream “Don’t Stop Movin'”
  • Stream “Don’t Stop Movin'”
  • Chat with S Club while re-watching “S Club Party Live” (10 October 2023 1:30 EST)
  • Watch Now: Rachel Stevens appears on Robin Elliott Tonight

    Earlier this month Rachel joined Robin Elliott Tonight to discuss everything from her recent Activia campaign, as well as the upcoming S Club “Good Times” Tour which is scheduled to start on 12 October 2023, in Manchester and continue through the UK through the end of the month, and launch their second leg in the United States in November.

    You can watch Rachel’s interview below (Rachel’s interview begins at the 23 minute, 20 second mark)

    You can purchase tickets for S Club’s tour at their official website!

    Rachel Stevens opens up on being famous in the noughties: “It was a very special time and it will never be like that again”

    Rachel Stevens shared that she has “grown and evolved” as she reflected on the height of her fame during her time in S Club and her relationship with actor Jeremy Edwards.

    Rachel Stevens was undoubtedly one of the biggest stars of the late 1990s and early 2000s thanks to her role as one-seventh of the BRIT-winning pop group, S Club 7.

    By 2002, the group had 10 UK Top 10 singles, four albums and their BBC sitcom Miami 7. Meanwhile, Rachel’s fame was also reaching new heights due to her well-publicised relationship with Jeremy Edwards.

    The 45-year-old was engaged to the Holby City actor from 2002 and they were the it-couple of their day, even predicted to be the next David and Victoria Beckham.

    Reflecting on that time, Rachel told Express.co.uk: “I don’t really remember that really, I’m not a massive fan of labels of any kind whatsoever.

    “I just think when you are in the moment of something, you’re just in it aren’t you and I feel like as you get older, you learn, you grow, you change, you evolve, and you realise things.

    “It’s hard to put it into words, there is so much change that goes on. So, it was a very amazing time to be in it and I definitely learned so much about myself since then.”

    Rachel and Jeremy confirmed they had parted ways in 2004 explaining that although the split was “sad” it was “the right” decision.

    The breakdown of their relationship was reportedly sparked by Jeremy’s struggle to cope with the tragic death of his Holby City co-star, Laura Sadler.

    He told Heat at the time: “It was a tough time for me…I was drinking a hell of a lot and got seriously depressed.

    The 45-year-old was engaged to the Holby City actor from 2002 and they were the it-couple of their day, even predicted to be the next David and Victoria Beckham.

    Reflecting on that time, Rachel told Express.co.uk: “I don’t really remember that really, I’m not a massive fan of labels of any kind whatsoever.

    “I just think when you are in the moment of something, you’re just in it aren’t you and I feel like as you get older, you learn, you grow, you change, you evolve, and you realise things.

    “It’s hard to put it into words, there is so much change that goes on. So, it was a very amazing time to be in it and I definitely learned so much about myself since then.”

    Rachel and Jeremy confirmed they had parted ways in 2004 explaining that although the split was “sad” it was “the right” decision.

    “It really shook me up. Losing such a close friend pushed me off the rails and sadly Rachel got caught up in my mess. It was at this point she confronted me about my problems and we agreed to have a break.”

    As Rachel, Jo O’Meara, Tina Barrett, Jon Lee and Bradley McIntosh get ready to go on their long-awaited S Club reunion tour, Rachel shared whether she is glad she experienced the height of her fame 20 years ago as opposed to now.

    She said: “I think it is all relative, I think you just get used to what you know and you adapt and go with what is going on at the time.

    “I do think it was incredible to be in pop music at that time, it was a very special time and it will never be like that again because everything is always moving and changing.

    “Everything was so fast it was like a whirlwind. We were quite unique to other bands because we had our TV show so when we were promoting a single or album, we’d be doing all the TV shows and the radio tours which was so huge then.

    “We’d then be off in LA, Miami, wherever we were in the world filming the series, so it was just constantly going, going, going. It was incredible but it was a whirlwind.”

    S Club will kick off their Good Times tour on October 12 in Manchester. They will then visit cities including Liverpool, Newcastle, Cardiff and London before taking the show to the United States in November.

    Hannah Spearritt pulled out of the tour in May following the death of her bandmate and former fiancé, Paul Cattermole.

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    Rachel Stevens: “There are things that are bubbling for S Club next year”

    Rachel Stevens won “cool mum points” when S Club entered the Official Vinyl Single Charts at number one earlier this summer.

    The pop group had released their 2001 smash hit Don’t Stop Movin’ on vinyl for the first time in.

    “My daughters are so into music now and get the charts,” says Stevens, 45, who shares Amelie, 12, and Minnie, nine, with her ex-husband Alex Bourne.

    “They couldn’t believe it, and were blown away. I got serious cool mum points for about five minutes. So it was good, I’ll take that. They are gorgeous, and so excited for the tour,” the London-born singer adds.

    The band – formerly known as S Club 7 – will be heading on tour in October, reuniting to celebrate their 25th year with shows planned across the UK and Ireland. A couple of months after the Reunited Tour was announced however, bandmember Paul Cattermole died from natural causes in April, aged 46.

    S Club recently released their first new new single in 20 years – These Are The Days – paying tribute to their late bandmate.

    With the first tour date just weeks away, how is Stevens feeling about getting back on stage?

    “I am so excited. We just can’t wait to get back on stage again and have the best time with everyone, singing and dancing,” she says. “But I always get nervous when I care so much. I want to be the best I can be, and channel how I’m feeling in the best way.”

    Thank goodness her daughters have turned out to be S Club fans: “It’d be very awkward if they weren’t,” Stevens quips over the phone. “They are starting to see S Club for what it was and still is now. It stands for positivity, energy, kindness, and love, but I didn’t think about it in that way when I was 19, back in the early days.

    “Since having kids of my own and hearing the music again — the girls always want me to put it on in the car — it makes me a bit emotional, because the lyrics mean something different now that I’m a mum,” she continues.

    “That’s how I want my kids to feel, think, and believe in themselves. It’s a really lovely message to be putting out there, especially now more than ever, when there is so much music [to choose from]. Bringing it to a new audience and releasing new music is really special too.”

    There are a lot of dreams and goals the TV personality – who featured on hit shows including Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 and Celebrity MasterChef in 2017 – says she is aspiring to. She hasn’t sat down and done vision boards or anything like that, though.

    “I don’t know when I would have the time to do that right now,” she reflects. “It’s going to sound a bit cheesy, but I think the more we work on ourselves and get to know who we are, the more we can identify what we want, be grateful and push our intentions out there. That’s my way of manifesting.

    “There are things that are bubbling for S Club next year. We’re just so open to all the different opportunities and the new things that are evolving for us. But at this stage, I just want to get some proper quality time with my girls before the tour kicks off and get through rehearsals. I’m so excited to be dancing again.”

    S Club launch #ShareYourHearts with British Heart Foundation

    Earlier today, S Club, consisting of Jo O’Meara, Tina Barrett, Bradley McIntosh, Jon Lee, and of course our very own Rachel Stevens appeared on BBC Breakfast to launch the #ShareYourHearts campaign alongside the British Heart Foundation. Together, they are hoping to raise awareness and research funds for undiagnosed heart conditions, as their bandmate, Paul Cattermole tragically passed away in early April from a previously undiagnosed heart condition.

    S Club will help promote “Spotlight-On” in efforts to raise awareness for underlying heart conditions. These endeavors will include exclusive merchandise sold on the “Good Times” tour, where 100% of the proceeds will benefit the charity.

    If we can help save one life doing this we’ll have made a massive difference” says McIntosh, lead singer Jo O’Meara adds”…For us to be able to jump on board and be a part of this absolutely incredible campaign is so important

    The band has also launched the #showyourhearts campaign on social media, they are encouraging fans to pose as featured above, and upload the picture to social media using the tag #showyourhearts – the photographs will be later utilized during the “Good Times” tour which begins in Manchester on the 12th of next month.

    It’s been a busy few days, check out a news dump of all of the news from the past 48 hours!

    Purchase October Issue of “RetroPop” featuring S Club
    Watch S Club on BBC Breakfast
    Listen to S Club on BBC Radio
    Listen to “Natural” on Spotify / Listen to “Natural” on Apple Music

    Rachel Stevens says S Club are ‘back in the studio’ and ‘buzzing with new ideas’ for music

    S Club singer Rachel Stevens has hinted at even more “exciting new things” following the release of their first single in 20 years and the upcoming Good Times tour.

    The beloved bubblegum pop band – including Rachel, Jon Lee, Tina Barrett, Jo O’Meara and Bradley McIntosh – will hit the road in October for a new 15-date tour. Good Times will mark their first run of gigs all together since 2015.

    S Club released their first new single in two decades, titled These Are The Days, in memory of late band member Paul Cattermole, who
    passed away in April aged 46.

    The S Club Party hit-makers had some chart success with These Are The Days, but will there be more new music to perform on their long-awaited tour?

    It seems like it could be so according to Rachel, who exclusively told virginradio.co.uk that the band are “buzzing with ideas,” and confirmed they are all “back in the studio” too.

    “We’ve been working with some of our old team,” the Funky Dory singer added. “We look back at who we got to work with, like the writers, producers, and it’s so great to be back recording with [songwriter] Simon Ellis, who we worked with on all our tours, but he did Don’t Stop Movin’. We just have such an incredible team around us. There’s lots of talk of exciting new things.”

    While preparations for the latest S Club tour begin on Monday (4th September), Rachel admitted that while the set list will obviously be filled with all the massive hits, including Never Had A Dream Come True and Reach, it’s their latest track the Some Girls singer is the most excited to perform.

    She continued: “These Are The Days will be really special now to perform live because we haven’t done that live before and then Good Times will be special too now because that’s going to become a whole different tribute and different thing now. So much creativeness is coming out of something so tragic, but we can share so many beautiful things through it.”

    After Cattermole’s tragic passing earlier this year, Rachel explained how the band’s collective grief ended up bringing them closer together, and Paul is still very much in the forefront of their minds when it comes to putting the gigs together.

    Rachel explained how the show preparations are “therapeutic”, adding: “After [Paul] passed away, we all came together. We were just sharing your memories, we just really took the time to be together when we needed to, to chat when we needed to and to share our memories.

    “[The tour] was always going to be a celebration without doubt, but a tribute now to Paul. We’ve renamed it The Good Times tour, which was his song which he was going to do an acoustic version of, and everything just feels really right.

    “He’s been with us the whole way through it and every decision we make, we talk about Paul and Paul’s involvement. It’s really special to be able to keep his memory alive through our music. We’ve got so much footage which is just incredible. The TV shows I mean, it’s really special for the fans and all the memories and yeah, big celebration.”

    These Are The Days by S Club is out now. For more details about the Good Times tour, visit sclub7.co.uk.

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    Rachel Stevens opens up about ‘therapeutic’ S Club tour prep

    Rachel recently sat down with Virgin Radio to discuss the ‘therapeutic’ tour rehearsals for the upcoming “Good Times Tour”

    S Club singer Rachel Stevens has revealed how late bandmate Paul Cattermole is still very much a part of the upcoming The Good Times tour.

    Five of the original members – Rachel, Jon Lee, Tina Barrett, Jo O’Meara and Bradley McIntosh – will hit the road in October for a new 15-date tour. Good Times will mark their first run of gigs all together since 2015.

    The shows will also
    celebrate 25 years
    since the band first formed, and will no doubt include all the big bangers, from S Club Party and Never Had A Dream Come True.

    S Club suffered a devastating loss earlier this year after bandmate
    Paul passed away
    in April aged 46, but according to Rachel, Paul’s death has ended up bringing the band closer together.

    Tour prep begins on Monday (4th September) and the Funky Dory hit-maker revealed how Paul is still at the forefront of their minds when it comes to putting the gigs together.

    Speaking to exclusively to virginradio.co.uk, Rachel admitted how the show preparations are “therapeutic”, adding: “After he passed away, we all came together. We were just sharing your memories, we just really took the time to be together when we needed to, to chat when we needed to and to share our memories.”

    S Club released their first new single in over 20 years, These Are The Days, in memory of Cattermole, which Rachel described as “the perfect tribute to him.”

    Despite the grief over losing Paul, Rachel confirmed there were never plans to cancel the tour, but that his loss “fueled us in a different way.”

    She continued: “It’s always going to be a celebration without doubt, but a tribute now to Paul. We’ve renamed it The Good Times tour, which was his song which he was going to do an acoustic version of, and everything just feels really right.

    “He’s been with us the whole way through it and every decision we make, we talk about Paul and Paul’s involvement. It’s really special to be able to keep his memory alive through our music. Through the footage we’ve got like, I mean we’ve got so much footage which is just incredible. The TV shows I mean, it’s really special for the fans and all the memories and yeah, big celebration.”

    Meanwhile, Rachel is the new face of Activia, who recently found that nearly a quarter (24 percent) of Brits feel their health and well-being worsens as summer ends, with 10 percent stating their gut health worsens.

    Speaking about the new campaign, the Some Girls singer said gut health is something she’s “felt really passionate about for a long time.”

    Rachel admitted she’s keen to get back into a good routine ahead of the S Club tour, telling us: “I’m about to kick off with tour rehearsals on Monday, I can’t believe it’s come around so quickly. My head is really in that place of coming out of summer holidays, where I’ve been over indulging, drinking more and travelling. Now I’m like, right, work’s about to kick off, getting the kids back to school. I just want to get into a really nice routine and get consistent again, get organized.”

    Rachel Stevens Teams Up With Activia

    S Club beauty, Rachel Stevens, has announced her partnership with Yogurt company Activia.

    Stevens, has joined forces with the company to help raise awareness for Gut Health. The partnership was announced via Instagram earlier this morning

    Stevens also posted a short clip from the behind the scenes photoshoot, with more exciting things to come!

    Be sure to follow Rachel on Instagram @MsRachelStevens to get the most up to date news and information!

    Watch Now: S Club appear on “This Morning”

    S Club ended their week of promo for their new single “These Are The Days” today appearing on “This Morning“. In it the band discusses their upcoming tour, their brand new single to honor Paul Cattermole, and briefly mentions Hannah’s absence from the band (citing the validity of “anonymous sources”.)

    You can watch S Club’s appearance on “This Morning” below!

    There are no other announced promotional events at this time, though more can be announced at any moment.