IT'S probably one of the worst kept secrets in music this year but the Spice Girls are officially back. 

The 90s girl band have announced they will be back on tour during the summer next year including a date in Manchester at the Etihad Stadium.

Victoria Beckham will be absent from the reunion due to business commitments but Mel B told ITV's Loose Women she might join them 'at some point'. 

She said: "It's just the four of us that are fully confirmed, but you know, Vic might join us at some point."

Asked if Victoria will attend one of the shows and then decide to join them, Mel Bsaid: "I hope so, I think it'd be a shame if she didn't.

"She's got a full-on life with all of her work commitments and her fashion line and her kids, so, she's just kind of not committing just yet."

She also joked about her Halloween costume last week, where she dressed up as Victoria while holding a sign that referred to her not going on tour with the band.

She said they have a 'love/hate relationship' and added: "I think she found it a bit funny, probably hated it at the same time."

The group last toured in 2007 and haven't performed together since the Olympics in 2012.

Mel B said the Spice Girls will initially embark on a UK tour before going on a world tour.

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Spice Girls performing during the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 London Olympics at the Olympic Stadium. (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

Rumours of a reunion have rumbled in recent days ahead of a scheduled appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show this Saturday.

Earlier on Monday, Emma Bunton told listeners on her Heart Breakfast radio show that an announcement will be made on social media around 3pm, and that she was 'so excited'.

The Spice Girls previously performed as a four-piece for two years after Geri Horner quit the band in 1998.

The group went on hiatus in 2000 after recording their third album Forever, and are best known for their hits including Wannabe, 2 Become 1 and Spice Up Your Life.

Tour dates in full and how to get tickets

Saturday 1st June

Manchester -  Etihad Stadium

Monday 3rd June

Coventry - Ricoh Stadium

Thursday 6th June

Sunderland - Stadium Of Light

Saturday 8th June

Edinburgh - BT Murrayfield Stadium

Monday 10th June

Bristol - Ashton Gate Stadium

Saturday 15th June

London - Wembley Stadium

There will be no pre-sales and tickets will be on sale this Saturday at 10.30am via ticketmaster.co.uk and gigsandtours.com.

A spokesman added: "Please only buy from official advertised agents. Twickets (www.twickets.live)is the official ticket resale partner."

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