Today's Hot Potato: The Wiggles 2012 UK and Ireland 'Greatest Hits' tour on sale now

Posted: 30th January 2012

The Wiggles, the multi-coloured children's pop group from Australia, have marked 20 years in the business (of making kids dance and sing) by restoring Yellow Wiggle (aka Greg Page) to the line-up after a period of illness.

With the Stone Roses, the Inspiral Carpets and now the Happy Mondays rebuilding their original line-ups to tour, it seems only fitting that The Wiggles complete the picture with Greg Page's renaissance. And don't think The Wiggles are the poor relation in that quartet.

They have been Australia's top earning entertainers on many occasions, with annual income exceeding £25m. The Wiggles have achieved this by giving pre-school children (and their parents) exactly what they want, specifically Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, the world famous Wiggly dancers and classic kids' songs like Hot Potato, Fruit Salad, Rock A Bye Your Bear and Toot, Toot, Chugga Chugga.

And they've taken their shows all over the world, complete with touting scandals on a par with ticketing for global sports events. When The Wiggles played Madison Square Garden (exactly) in 2003, front row seats were supposedly changing hands for $500 and some Melbourne event tickets have been spotted on eBay for AUS$2,000 (about £1,200).

The Wiggles get the party started at the Cork Opera House on 31st May, followed by two Dublin dates before heading to Belfast on 3rd June. The fab four then cross the Irish Sea for shows in Glasgow, Bristol, London and more, before the final date at the Brighton Centre on 17th June 2012. The tour includes some matinée performances.

We have tickets available now for selected dates priced around £17 for UK shows and €20 for the Ireland dates.

The Wiggles' 2011 dates all sold out, so expect sales to be brisk.

Stewart Darkin