I simply refuse to faff around any longer than I need to with this one, because the So Pop Festival for 2020 has one of the most incredibly 00s lineups I think I have ever seen. Seriously cast your mind back to literally any burnt mix CD that you slapped into your discman between the years of 2001 and 2008 and you’ll be on the money.

After a very big hint that they’ll be coming back to push all your buttons, The Pussycat Dolls lead the charge on the festival, with Jesse McCartney (!), Smash Mouth (!!), and making their debut in Australia FINALLYSteps and Sophie Ellis Bextor (!!!).

Jesus wept, this tour is essentially just 2003 distilled down into a massive, arena-sized party, isn’t it.

Kicking off in Perth on April 22, the So Pop! tour of 00s legends will flick across the country over the tail end of April, before heading over to New Zealand in early May.

I’m sorry can we just take a moment to acknowledge that Jesse McCartney is going to sing ‘Beautiful Soul’? Right in front of me? Right in front of my salad? Singing along to it as a kid while cutting his picture out of Smash Hits for my schoolbooks and wishing he was singing it right at me is one of my tree rings, people.

If you want to don your best Supré Bad Kitty shirts, lowrider jeans (which should be banished to the depths of hell) and your best Chuck Taylors for a whole festival full of the tracks you used to hear at all the house parties you probably snuck out to in the 2000s, or danced to at school discos, tickets for the So Pop! festival are on sale from 11am local time Monday, December 9. There’s also a very cheeky presale happening over here from Wednesday, December 4 as well.

The Pussycat Dolls, Sophie Ellis Bextor, & Jesse Fuckin’ McCartney Are Touring Aus In 2020
God, I pretty much lived in this between the ages of 12-15.

Check out the full deets below, and I’ll see you front right once I’ve finished crimping my hair and sucked back a four-pack of Cruisers.

SO POP FESTIVAL 2020

THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS
STEPS
JESSE McCARTNEY
SMASH MOUTH
SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR
ALICE DJ
WHIGFIELD
REEL 2 REAL
SAMANTHA MUMBA
DJ TIGERLILY (AU ONLY)
& RESIDENT DJ ROJDAR

Wednesday 22 April
RAC Arena
Perth, WA
All Ages
TICKETS

Friday 24 April
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Brisbane, QLD
All Ages
TICKETS

Saturday 25 April
Qudos Bank Arena
Sydney, NSW
All Ages
TICKETS

Tuesday 28 April
Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Adelaide, SA
All Ages
TICKETS

Friday 1 May
Melbourne Arena
Melbourne, VIC
All Ages
TICKETS

Saturday 2 May
Spark Arena
Auckland, NZ
All Ages
TICKETS

Sunday 3 May
Horncastle Arena
Christchurch, NZ
All Ages
TICKETS

Image: Getty Images / Tim Roney