It was supposed to be a celebration of Bernadette Nolan's defiant recovery after breast-cancer diagnosis but sadly, for now at least, the Nolans have had to pull the plug on their 2013 Farewell Tour. Originally due to commence in February 2013, the tour has been postponed due to their sister's discovery of the disease's recent resurgence.
Naturally, the most important thing is Bernie's health and so the band are asking fans to respectfully hold tight while alternative dates are sorted out. We'll obviously let you know when this is confirmed - meanwhile, you should hold onto your tickets until further notice. We're sure her inspiration will prove to be a catalyst for more shows in the future and that the Nolans will be back together on stage soon.
It's been a whole 38 years since Tommy and Maureen Nolan's family group settled on a line-up as The Nolan Sisters, comprising their five teenage daughters Anne, Denise, Maureen, Linda and Bernie. Other family members came and went but the group's core appeal never waned. Their landmark moment came in 1979 with the release of I'm In the Mood for Dancing. A slice of swirling disco pop, packed with hooks and harmonies, I'm In the Mood for Dancing reached No 3 in the UK (despite selling more than half a million copies) and No 1 in Japan, where it sold even more.
It was the second of seven Top 40 singles here and the first of seven Top 20 hits in Japan. The die was cast and the Nolans took their place in pop history.
The Farewell Tour was due to be the very last time the girls will perform together. Let's hope it's for the right reasons - get better very soon, Bernie.