Nostalgic Spice Girls fans rejoice, as the group has recently announced that a huge reunion concert is on the cards for next year.

Melanie Brown, aka Mel B, has been hinting at a possible get-together of the group to celebrate their 20th anniversary for months, but it seems that the event won’t be possible until July 2017, when the band will reunite for a gig at London’s Hyde Park.

Spice Girls are reuniting indeed, but it will be in a different format and a different name.

Given that only three of the pop stars – Melanie Brown, Geri Horner and Emma Bunton – have confirmed that they are on board with the project, they’re coming back under the moniker GEM, which is an acronym for their names.

The other two members of the original pop band, Victoria Beckham and Melanie Chisholm, are still undecided about rejoining their former group, but they have a full year to make up their mind.

Victoria’s reluctance to adhere to these plans is not new, but Melanie C’s refusal is. The latter has said she wants to focus on her solo album for the moment. However, as mentioned above, the reunion won’t happen until next year, so they have enough time to reconsider.

As many of you probably remember, Spice Girls was born in 1994 and quickly rose to fame and became one of the world’s most popular girl groups in pop history. Their debut single Wannabe hit the charts in 1996 and earned a Brit award for best single after spending seven weeks at the top of the UK charts. Next year will mark the 21st anniversary of the song.

At the pinnacle of their fame, the band sold more than 80 million records, making them the best-selling female group of all time.

The 2017 gig, if it really happens, won’t be their first reunion. Spice Girls also reunited in 2007, when they surprised their fans with a tour and a Greatest Hits album, and then in 2012, when they performed at the closing ceremony of the London Summer Olympics.

So what should fans expect from the new project?

Nobody knows as the girls are keeping the details under wraps. “I am keeping tight-lipped. There are lots of discussions going on. Right now I am in the studio working on my own album, and that is my focus. I’m taking it slowly,” Mel B told The Sun in an interview.

The girls are trying to make it sound like they are getting back together for the fans, but some believe they’re doing it just for the money. Regardless of their motives, I’m sure a lot of people will buy tickets to see them perform on stage again.

For those of you who missed it, included below is the announcement of the planned reunion.