Little Mix are heading back to the States to tour with one of America’s biggest pop stars.
Songstress Ariana Grande has announced that she’ll be supported by the girls on her upcoming Dangerous Woman Tour.
The group – which stars South Shields girls Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall alongside Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock – will also be joined on the tour by American singer Victoria Monet.
The girls took to Facebook to share the news, saying: “We are so excited to be supporting Ariana Grande in the US and seeing all our American Mixers!”
Ariana posted on her own page, saying: “Thrilled to be sharing my #DangerousWomanTour stage with some incredibly talented and indeed dangerous women Victoria Monet and Little Mix.”
The singer and former star of Nickelodeon show Victorious, later posted dates for the tour, which will run from February to April, next year, alongside an announcement that international dates and more were to come.
Norma Thirlwall, mum of Little Mix’s Jade, said she was excited by the news.
Norma, of Laygate, South Shields, said: “It’s a huge tour. They’re going to be away in America for about three months and it’s going to put them in front of such a huge audience.
“Ariana is such a huge star so it’s amazing, and I’m really hoping I’ll get to meet her brother, Frankie.”
She added: “They’ve been on an American tour before with Demi Lovato and then were supposed to go on their own but they had to pull out so they could finish working on their Salute album.
“It’s going to be great for them to get back on stage in front of all their American fans, because they’ve been very loyal to the girls.”
Little Mix have released three albums since they stormed to victory on the X Factor in 2011, becoming the first ever group to win. Their latest release Get Weird, which featured chart-topper Black Magic, has been certified double platinum.