Spice Girls make triumphant return at Dublin’s Croke Park performing set list packed with their top hits

THE Spice Girls made a triumphant return in front of 75,000 fans last night for their first gig in seven years.

Ginger, Baby, Sporty and Scary reunited at Dublin’s Croke Park for a gig almost four years in the making — with absent Posh wishing them luck on Instagram.

The Spice Girls made a spectacular return as they performed at Dublin's Croke Park
Andrew Timms

The Spice Girls made a spectacular return as they performed at Dublin’s Croke Park[/caption]

And in an emotional video montage halfway through the show, each of the foursome had recorded a gushing tribute to Victoria’s input, adding: “She will always be a Spice Girl.”

In a set list packed with hits, the group opened the show by emerging from beneath the stage with Spice Up Your Life — one of their nine UK number ones.

The show featured six “acts” and a total of 24 costumes between the bandmates — including a demure update of Ginger Spice Geri Horner’s Union flag dress after she refused to wear the revealing original.

Pictures from the final dress rehearsal also show Mel C (Sporty) in a navy halterneck top, Emma Bunton (Baby) in a figure-hugging dress with a fluffy pink jacket, and Mel B (Scary) in thigh-high gold boots.

Ginger Spice turned out in a demure update of her iconic Union Jack dress
Andrew Timms

Ginger Spice turned out in a demure update of her iconic Union Jack dress[/caption]

The gig was the girls' first in seven years
Andrew Timms

The gig was the girls’ first in seven years[/caption]

Pyrotechnics and dancers accompanied hits including Wannabe, Two Become One and Mama.

Speaking in the show’s official programme, Geri said: “Almost 25 years later and we’re still doing it.

“Emma, you’ll always be my little sister, (much to your annoyance) who I want to protect.

“Melanie B you’re amazing up on that stage, Victoria you’ll be missed, but here in spirit and Melanie C, what strength and focus you give us all, thank you. I love you all.”

An absent Posh Spice posted on Instagram to wish them luck before the show
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An absent Posh Spice posted on Instagram to wish them luck before the show[/caption]

However during the gig the others made a touching tribute to Victoria saying 'she will always be a Spice Girl'
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However during the gig the others made a touching tribute to Victoria saying ‘she will always be a Spice Girl’[/caption]

The Spice Girls went to number one with their debut single Wannabe in 1996 and went on to become the biggest-selling girl group of all time, selling 85million records.

Geri left the band in 1998 and in 2000 the group said they were taking an indefinite hiatus to concentrate on solo careers — but never officially split.

Their last official performance together was at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012.

Their return was complete with a whopping 24 costumes and a set list that was packed with their top hits
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Their return was complete with a whopping 24 costumes and a set list that was packed with top hits[/caption]

They have been in talks about getting back together on and off since August 2015.

But The Sun confirmed last year that one of the most anticipated pop reunions of all time was finally on — albeit without Posh.

They are performing 13 sold-out stadium shows ending with three nights at Wembley in London next month.

They opened the show by emerging from beneath the stage to the sound of Spice Up Your Life
Andrew Timms

They opened the show by emerging from beneath the stage to the sound of Spice Up Your Life[/caption]

Although Geri left the band in 1998 the group never officially split and were excited to reunite
Andrew Timms

Although Geri left the band in 1998 the group never officially split and were excited to reunite[/caption]

They are set to perform 13 sold-out stadium shows next month
Andrew Timms

They are set to perform 13 sold-out stadium shows next month[/caption]

The girls were  in talks about getting back together on and off since August 2015
Andrew Timms

The girls were in talks about getting back together on and off since August 2015[/caption]



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