Little Mix tour
Little Mix have the highest-selling UK arena tour of 2016 so far with more than 300,000 tickets soldREUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Little Mix are more popular than ever, having secured the highest-selling UK arena tour of 2016 so far - when considering the number of tickets sold. The Black Magic hitmakers launched their Get Weird tour in March 2016 and have since continued performing to packed-out audiences across the country.

The British girl group, consisting of Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall, are currently on a brief hiatus after performing 38 shows across Europe, Australia and Asia. In March and April, Little Mix performed three sold-out shows in Newcastle, the home city of Edwards, 22, and Thirlwall, 23, while the tour so far has entertained 300,000 fans making it the most popular of the year so far.

Celebrating the good news, Thirlwall shared a picture on Instagram of the band holding plaques to mark their milestone, with the caption: "Thank you to the 300,000+ who made the #GetWeirdTourthe highest selling UK arena tour of 2016. We hope you enjoyed it!"

Little Mix's feat is certainly impressive and surprising given Adele launched her tour in the UK in February 2016. However, the Hello star only had a handful of shows in the country before moving on to the rest of Europe whereas Little Mix's shows had remained in the UK until May, when they set off for Australia. The summer also sees the likes of Beyonce and Rihanna in the UK for the European leg of their respective Formation and Anti tours but these will also be held in stadiums rather than arenas.

The Get Weird tour supports Little Mix's third eponymous studio album which reached number two in the UK and 13 on the US Billboard 200 chart in November 2015. The album features chart-topping number one Black Magic, Love Me Like You, Secret Love Song (featuring Jason Derulo) and their new release Hair alongside dancehall star Sean Paul.

Little Mix will resume their European tour on 11 June, returning to the UK for Capital FM's Summertime Ball before heading to Stockholm, Sweden on 12 June.