Strictly Come Dancing stars set to form the ultimate boy band of dance

PUBLISHED: 20:00 29 March 2018

Harry Judd, Louis Smith and Aston Merrigold will dance to classic 1960s songs.

Harry Judd, Louis Smith and Aston Merrigold will dance to classic 1960s songs.


Strictly Come Dancing champions Harry Judd and Louis Smith, together with Aston Merrygold, will tour the country, dancing to iconic 1960s songs.

Following the success of Rip It Up’s 1950s-themed debut tour in 2017, which sold more than 50,000 tickets across the UK and was widely acclaimed as one of the most exciting BBC Strictly Come Dancing spin-off tours ever, the 2018 version promises to bring the fabulous soundtrack of the 1960s to life in an explosion of song and dance.

Audiences nationwide will witness Harry, Aston and Louis dance their way through many of the defining and most everlasting hits from the decade.

Backed by the exceptional Rip It Up live band and a stunning supporting cast of singers and dancers, the Strictly champions will dance to tunes from legends such as The Beatles, The Who, Small Faces and The Beach Boys.

Louis is one of Britain’s sporting superstars, having shot to fame at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 by winning a bronze medal in the pommel horse, and silver medals at both the London 2012 and Rio De Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

He won Strictly in 2012 and the Christmas special in 2014.

Harry, the drummer in pop bands McFly and McBusted, is one of the most recognisable faces on the UK music scene.

Having swept the board to win Strictly in 2011 with his professional dance partner Aliona Vilani, he was also voted the best ever Strictly winner in a nationwide poll, before winning Strictly Christmas Special with Joanna Clifton.

The two Strictly champions will be joined by Aston who, as part 
of JLS, achieved five UK number one singles, sold 10 million records worldwide and received two Brit Awards and five Mobo Awards.

Speaking about the tour, Aston said: “I feel like I’ve got some unfinished business when it comes to dance, and I’m excited to get to work alongside some familiar faces.

“As always, I’m looking forward to travelling across the UK and putting my own spin on some classic 1960s moments.”

Rip It Up will perform at the Bristol Hippodrome, in St Augustines Parade, on October 15 at 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced £23.75-101.25, are available from or 08448 717627.

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