WIN! Tickets to see The Saturdays live

The Saturdays play Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on Monday 12th December
The Saturdays play Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on Monday 12th December

There’s no denying that The Saturdays are one of Britain’s biggest girl band around at the moment. Writer Lucy Needham caught up with member Una Healy to talk about their success.

There’s no denying that The Saturdays are one of Britain’s biggest girl band around at the moment. Writer Lucy Needham caught up with member Una Healy to talk about their success.

The Saturdays play Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on Monday 12th December

The Saturdays play Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on Monday 12th December

With a new single and album soon to be released, and their first headline arena tour kicking off in December The Saturdays are ending the year on a high.

It has been just three years since they burst onto the pop scene with If this is Love in 2008 and the girls have come a long way since.

I caught up with pregnant band member Una Healy (who shows no signs of slowing down) to find out how the girls are coping with their hectic schedules. She tells me the band are busy planning and rehearsing for the On Your Radar tour and will be on the road from the beginning of December until Christmas.

The girls are certainly getting into the festive mood early with new single My Heart Takes Over. It’s quite a change in direction from the last single All Fired Up which had a dance floor R’n’B vibe.

Una tells me delving into different genres is all part of the fun of The Saturdays.

“We like to mix it up,” she says. “We don’t want to keep releasing party tunes because we’re not a dance band. That’s the great thing about being in a pop band you can experiment with different types of music.”

She continues: “You can do a dance tune and then a ballad and people won’t be too shocked.”

Now summer is officially over Una says that now is the time to release a classic pop ballad. The girls are certainly looking wintry and moody in the video for new single My Heart Takes Over.

The video was shot in freezing Iceland while Britain was sweltering in the October heat wave: “We went over there and intentionally put ourselves in the stress of the cold and the wind. It was really tough weather to shoot through and of course everything was shot outside.”

And so what is the new single about?

“It’s a love song really and it’s actually quite sad. It’s about where you’ve broken up with a guy but you’re not sure if he still loves you and it’s hard to portray feelings.”

Una goes on: “It’s sad but it’s a lovely song so you can enjoy it whether you’re in love or you’re not.”

The single will feature on new album On Your Radar.

“The last few singles are on there as well as a lot of new tracks we have written ourselves that have made it on to the album and we are really proud of them,” says Una.

“We think that’s a really good step up from our last album and we’re really excited to get them out there.”

The album also features a track co-written with singer Lucie Silvas.

Una says the song Last Call is definitely one to watch out for: “It’s a beautiful ballad, a really lovely song. It’s like my favourite song ever!”

The tour will begin on the 2nd December in Bournemouth. This will be the girls’ first headline arena tour and the band can’t wait to perform in front of their fans.

“It’s a really big, high energy show,” she says, “It’s going to be a big party and we want everyone to come along and have high expectations for it to be a really good night out. Whether it be before your night out or the night out itself. There will be something for everyone.”

Although the girls will be on the road for a month you won’t catch them participating in any rock star behaviour or throwing televisions out the window after the shows.

“We don’t do anything too rock’n’roll really. We all take a pillow with us and music, and we love to get a box set to keep us occupied. You really need the down time when you are travelling.”

The girls also like to unwind by watching the latest series of the X Factor when they get the chance: “We think the new girl band Little Mix are really good, they have really great voices. It would be great to see a girl band do well this time. It is so tough for girl bands- they always get knocked out really early. It would also be lovely to see any group win.”

And would any of The Saturdays fancy taking a break from the band to do some judging like the X Factor’s Tulisa?

“I don’t think any of us would want to take time out because we are so focused on being a group.”

Una adds: “We have got a long way to go before we venture out and do solo projects like that. Maybe way in the future after the band but not right now.’

And The Saturdays are certainly showing no signs of stopping any time soon.

The Saturdays play Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on Monday 12th December. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

To WIN a pair of tickets, just answer this simple question: Q) What is the name of The Saturdays’ new album?

Send your answer along with your name and daytime telephone number to: Saturdays Competition, 5-7 Market Place, Gainsborough, DN21 2BP, Gainsborough, or email newsroom@gainsboroughstandard.co.uk.

Entries should arrive by Friday 2nd December.

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