Newly reformed pop phenomenon Steps will perform at this year’s Castle Concerts, on Thursday, 19 July. The band who sung their way to success in the 90s became a household name, capturing the hearts of fans all over the world with their dance routines and catchy songs before famously breaking up ten years ago. The announcement of their reunion and 2012 UK tour has seen their Twitter following triple in figures and their Ultimate Collection album to reach Number 1 on the official album chart on the first day of its release, while their four-part Sky Documentary “Steps Reunion” has had the highest viewing figures of any Sky Living show this year.

Steps, featuring Faye Tozer, Ian “H” Watkins, Lisa Scott-Lee, Lee Latchford Evans and Claire Richards formed in 1997 and became the pop sensation of the millennium. Since their first big hit “5,6,7,8”, they have sold 20 million records worldwide, and achieved 14 consecutive top five singles. Their 1998 cover version of the Bee Gees hit “Tragedy”, paired with original track “Heartbeat”, sold over a million copies, staying in the charts for 30 consecutive weeks with signature dance-moves that became a loveable trend between their devoted followers. Now fans can get to party with Steps up close and personal in the intimate setting of the Castle Concerts stage. Tickets for the show are priced at £35 each and will go on sale at 10am on Tuesday, 28 February.

Tickets are already selling fast for Jools Holland, who returns to the Castle Gardens with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on Wednesday, 18 July. With a stellar line up of special guests, including soul star Ruby Turner and Roland Gift from the Fine Young Cannibals, demand for this concert favourite is expected to be high once again.

Tickets are also on sale for the Castle Proms on Saturday, 21 July – a highlight of the summer in Medway, which brings audiences from far and wide to hear classical favourites performed by The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, along with picnics, champagne and fireworks. Tickets are priced at £35 for Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and £30 for Castle Proms. The final act in this year’s Castle Concerts series will be announced soon.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “With this year’s Castle Concerts line-up there really is something on offer for everyone, and we expect tickets for Steps to sell very fast. I would urge anyone who hasn’t been to these events before to grab their chance to see some of the biggest performers around in the truly unique atmosphere of the castle gardens this summer”.

Concert tickets are available in person at The Central Theatre Box Office, The Brook Theatre Box Office and Medway Visitor Information Centre, by phone on 01634 338338 or online at The Castle Concerts are organised by Medway Council. Join the Castle Concerts Facebook page or Twitter feed for the latest news.