Cheryl announced as Mighty Hoopla headliner

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Cheryl will be back on stage at the Mighty Hoopla (Picture:REX)

Chery fans can rejoice because the singer is officially returning to the big stage this week after a musical hiatus.

The former Girls Aloud singer took a step back from her singing career as she focused on raising her sweet son Bear, who is now four.

And the 38-year-old is set to mark her return by performing some of her biggest singles at the Mighty Hoopla festival in Brockwell Park, London, on Saturday.

Organisers for Mighty Hoopla issued a statement for Cheryl’s hotly-anticipated return to the stage, which read: ‘We are thrilled that this year’s Hoopla will be closed by one of the millennium’s most iconic pop stars.

‘Having risen to fame in one of biggest girl groups of the 21st century, Cheryl has since gone on to release five number-one singles in the UK – the first British female solo artist to achieve this feat.

‘Revellers can expect to hear smash hits Fight for This Love, Call My Name and Crazy Stupid Love in a pop-tastic set that’s sure to blow your military hats off.’

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Organisers for Mighty Hoopla issued a statement confirming Cheryl’s return to the stage (Picture: Getty)

Cheryl has clearly been excited about getting back to her performing roots, as she shared a snap with her dancers from rehearsals earlier this week.

‘Hoopla…you ready?!’ she captioned the post.

Cheryl’s new gig comes after she was slammed by influential figures in the entertainment industry for her new R&B podcast.

Cheryl Mighty Hoopla

Cheryl took a step back from her singing career as she focused on raising her sweet son Bear, who is now four (Picture: REX)

The songstress has hosted a BBC Sounds show titled You, Me & R&B, which is described as a ‘passionate love letter’ to the genre.

However, Cheryl has faced backlash for being a pop singer who has never recorded an R&B or soulful song throughout her career, with critics arguing the position should have been given to a Black R&B singer.

Without naming the pop star directly, Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel appeared to address the controversy in a tweet, saying, ‘Like RnB music hasn’t been appropriated enough… Had it’s narrative controlled over and over by those who weren’t the originators.

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Cheryl will be performing some of her biggest singles at the event (Picture: WireImage)

‘Like we don’t have incredible, iconic Black British RnB talent & creators… but they won’t get a platform like this…. Because… well we know why.’

A BBC spokesperson addressed the controversy when previously approached by Metro.co.uk, and said: ‘We feature a wide range of voices spanning different genres across our extensive music output.

‘Many of our shows are fronted by DJs who are experts in their fields, others are hosted by people with a passion for their topic.

‘Cheryl’s You, Me and R&B shares personal stories from her youth, soundtracked by her favourite genre.’

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