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Busted are back - and they are coming to Belfast's SSE Arena

They play the SSE Arena Belfast on May 30

Busted are back and for the first time in 12 years they are going on an arena tour.

It's the reunion they said could never happen - even the members themselves admitted it.

But today Busted - Matt Willis, James Bourne and Charlie Simpson, have announced they are returning to the stage in 2016.

The trio are returning to the road with a full UK and Ireland arena tour and they are also working on brand new Busted music for the first time since 2004.

Their first show together in 12 years will be on Wednesday May 11 2016  and all three members will play all their greatest hits together live – among them the smashes What I Go To School For, Crashed The Wedding, You Said No, Air Hostess and Year 3000.

For the gig Busted will return to the home of their biggest triumph, the venue where everybody last saw them – Wembley Arena.

It was here that they broke a record in 2004 by selling out 12 shows.

And it’s here that they will make their long overdue comeback.

With fve million record sales, two 4 x platinum albums and four number one singles to their name, a staggering 700,000 concert tickets sold in one year, two BRIT Awards and a Record of the Year Award - Busted are one of the biggest home-grown acts of the 21st century.

Charlie said: "A year ago James and I got together and just started hanging out and it felt really different, somehow, to how it had ten years ago. And the idea crept into my head after all that time apart: what would Busted look like today?”

“For me, there’s a huge sense of unfinished business… I always thought in my heart we’d do Busted again, but that it was just a matter of when and how" added Matt.

James said: “We’ve done this crazy, exciting, adventurous, scenic route back to being Busted. And now we’re here, we’re all super-re-energised."

Tickets go on-sale this Friday at 9am:

In person: From 100 Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide

By Telephone (24 Hour): Northern Ireland - 0844 277 44 55

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The SSE Arena, Belfast Box Office: Tel. 028 90 739074

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