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Nostalgia is big money. Hence the never ending stream of reunions, reboots and remakes. We are inundated with options in the entertainment world and an established name will always catch our eye. And yet, in 2019, the return of the Spice Girls was a pop culture event worth getting excited about.

That excitement was palpable on the opening night of the tour in Dublin’s Croke Park. There’d been plenty of speculation: how will it work without Victoria? Would solo material pepper the set-list?

The Spice Girls had a pop dominance that may have been short lived but it was the kind of success that left such a mark that a stadium tour based on only three albums (only two of which were truly hits) didn’t feel that silly. And of course it wasn’t just about the music when it came to Spice Girls. Their exuberant energy, their nicknames and knack for branding made them a marketing dream and larger than life in a way few pop groups manage. They impacted a generation of pop fans from excitable pre-teens taping songs off the radio to those in their late teens and 20’s. And the stats back it up. 85 million records sold, nine UK Number 1s making one of the biggest selling pop groups of all time.

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Welcome to our biggest and brightest issue of the year - our annual Pride Edition. We made a call out for members of our LGBT+ family to design our cover. All who entered are featured inside, and for the first time ever we have a bumper double cover by artists Gabriel Marques and Day Magee! Inside we round-up all the Prides taking place across Ireland alongside interviews with young people from rural areas who explain Pride’s importance. There’s a conversation between Will St Leger, the Dublin Pride Grand Marshall, and Bruce Coleman, an ACT UP activist who was in New York after Stonewall. There’s a remembrance of the Repeal movement and a feature about the prejudice faced by lesbian women and trans folk in barbershops. GCN also reaches out to the community; chatting to the myriad places where our magazine is delivered. And that’s only the tip of the Pride float. From all at GCN, we wish you a happy, safe and fabulous Pride season!