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As a huge Take That fan, when they announced a Stadium tour I HAD to get tickets. Between myself and my friend continually on the telephone and internet, we managed to secure 2 tickets for Hampden Park in Glasgow on Satuday 20th June 2009. The Support acts were Gary Go - He was OK and did well to get the crowd going. Next up was James Morrison - A big star in his own right and he did an amazing set. Before each of the support acts came on they were introduced by the Ringmaster.
With great anticipation we waited for Take That to apear on stage. Alot of clowns with balloons appeared and began to walk down the the walk way connecting the main stage to a smaller "B" stage. All of a sudden all the clowns with their balloonsconverged on the centre of the "B" stage and as they let go - There were Take That looking and sounding amazing.
The whole concert was amazing from the costume changes to the set - it really was a circus, including clowns, acrobats and even animals!! My favourite parts were The Elephant- A BIG blue elephant on hydrolics and with the "cast" controlling its ears, head and a cast member as its tail, it ws just a sight to behold. The 2 acrobats on the trapeezes were also amazing and at one point I was unable to take my eyes of them as they were swinging and alling backwards holding on with just their legs then flipping themselves back to the sitting position without using their hands/arms. My favourite song, was the Take That and Party album medley, It had everything from The Golden Oldies of Take That songs - "Do What You Like", "Promises", "It Only Takes A Minute" and "Take That and Party" I was in heaven with that!! Plus the comedy element with each of the guys riding a tricycle to the "B" Stage, except fro Gary who had a little 3 wheeled bike!
Overall the best gig I have ever been too and I do not know how on earth the boys are going to be able to top this tour in the future!
If you didn't get to see it live I would definately reccommend the DVD!
I went to The Circus on 4th July 2009... The Take That Circus at Wembley Stadium! What can I say? They were fantastic! Their best tour yet (I say that every time and yet each time it's so true), but they're still promising to come back and do more.
The support acts for the Wembley show I saw were Gary Go and Lady Ga Ga, both of which were OK, but you're not there for them. You're there for Take That!
This tour was based around their current album of the same name, The Circus, and it really was a show, complete with an elephant (not a real one, but it was huge and made up of dancers/circus people!), clowns, balloons, dancers and circus folk doing various acts. Even Take That themselves dressed the part, at one point putting on their clown make-up while singing a song! Pretty much the whole show had the circus theme, with even the boys coming on stage on unicycles... well, everyone that is except Gary who came on stage on a little trike!
With a second stage in the middle of the stadium, as well as the main stage and a walkway joining the two, nobody missed out. The show included the old classics (from the first time around) and new, and even the old dance routines crept in at times (which is always fun to see)! As per usual, the crowd went absolutely mad when the boys (sorry, men!) were on stage - screaming, and singing & dancing along with them.
Those stood by the second stage probably wished they'd brought raincoats and umbrellas, despite it being a hot day. When Take That announced they'd be singing their best song from the 90s (Back For Good), the waterworks started and I'm sure a number of rows around the second stage got a soaking! (For those not in the know, Take That's Back For Good video featured a lot of rain and so in their recent tours they've been replicating this on stage).
Luckily, I didn't get wet! I did have a standing ticket, but I was stood at the front of the main stage (left side), so I had a fantastic view... In front of my was the big main stage, a turn to the left was the walkway between the 2 stages (on which Take That also performed) and behind me was the 2nd stage, but this was also easily visible from my position. As per most concerts where you're standing at/near the front, it was pretty packed and "cosy", but it's all part of the atmosphere... and you get a cracking atmosphere at any Take That concert.
If you've never been to a Take That concert then you've not seen anything yet! I've been to loads of concerts - rock, pop & more - but nothing has surpassed a Take That show. Even the fans are something else... The roar of the thousands of fans even before they appear on stage is tremendous and it continues... Everyone sings (and in some cases, dances) along during the songs and then the roar & clapping of the crowd comes at the end of each & every song. This has to be experienced! No expense is spared!
They truly did put on one hell of a show for The Circus Tour and I can't wait to see it all again when it comes out on DVD (on 23rd November 2009)... In fact, I may well be on the DVD (though I hope not!) as a camera came by me a couple of times!
On a cold, wet, and rainy summers day I ventured up to Hampden Park in Glasgow for the Take That - The Circus Live Tour Concert. A friend and I had managed to get our hands on last minute tickets after being bitterly disappointed at not getting some when they were first on sale.
It was a Sunday, and on our way to the Stadium we had Take That pumping on the stereo - mind you, every car we passed seemed to have the same! (The motorway was like one big giant Take That Party - it was stupendous!) When we arrived there was some time before the concert began and we filled that by a bit of people watching. There seemed to be people from all walks of life, there were entire families all bedecked in Take That garb strutting up and down the streets of Glasgow and even before we entered Hampden the atmosphere was electric!
Soon it was time to go in - wow were we excited! My sister in law had gone the previous night and having spoken with her earlier in the day we knew we were in for a treat!
After purchasing the first of one or two glasses of wine (well for me anyway as my friend was the one doing the driving!) we made our way down to the pitch. Who wants to be seated when you are at a concert like this one?
It was already mobbed!! We found a spot and parked ourselves on the ground for a bit whilst we listened to the first support band. Can't remember who it was but they were ok.
The it was time for the main support who happened to be The Script. My friend did not really know too much of their music but I was already a HUGE Script fan so had been especially pleased to find out they were the main support band. The set they played was amazing. All the hits were there - and to watch the looks on their faces when the words of 'The Man Who Can't Be Moved' were sung back to them by a 60,000 strong crowd was emtional to say the least! I would most definitely go and see the Script in their own right as boy do they put on a show!
The it was time for the main event - oooooh! As the music started to play the excitement was at fever pitch as everyone leaped to their feet and stared around to see exactly where the boys would come out. Then I spotted them - they were slightly behind me on the additional stage and the effect as they rose up was great.
As the concert went on , the stage effects were getting more and more extravagent. There were loads of different circus performers obviously in keeping with the circus theme and then, when a giant elephant appeared - wow - it took my breath away.
Every single one of the hits were sung by both the band and the crowd - it was amazing!! Some of the costumes sported by the band were a bit ropey - Marks' gold lame tracksuit at the end anyone? - but short of that it was fabulous. How anyone can sing and dance whilst putting clown make up on - even thought it wasn't a particulalry fast song - beats me!
All through the show I don't think I spoke one single word to my friend - we were both so transfixed and lost in the atmosphere we could have been there on our own! The only slight thing which marred it for me was the pair of drunken women who kept trying to do the Gay Gordons next to us - if I had to move out of their way once, I moved out of their way a thousand times! I simply don't understand why people pay all that money for a ticket and are then so plastered they miss half the show!!!
At the very end there was a fantastic fireworks show which lit up the night sky over Hampden. Who needs Guy Fawkes night - these fireworks were excellent!
Trying to make our way out of the stadium was an experience as you had the same 60,000 strong crown all piling out the different doors heading in mainly the same direction - however we were all in such a good mood that no-one seemed to get annoyed.
Out of all the concerts I have been to over the years, Madonna in Wembley, Elton John, Rod Stewart, U2, Prince and many more this was one of the very best - if not the best!! I absolutely loved it and had a sore throat from all the singing for days!
Stunning - that's the word I would use to describe this tour. I have seen Take That a few times (first and second time around) and this si the best yet.
I went to see this at the Lancs cricket ground in Manchester. It rained. A lot. Lady Gaga couldn't be bothered to show up. But at the end of the day, who cares? Take That were there! The costumes and the stage sets were breathtaking, from the clown costumes, to the balloons to the fireworks at the end. No money spared.
The lads were great, good mixture of old and new stuff and the crowd all contributed to a brilliant atmosphere - there's something spine-tingling about 60,000 people, arms in the air, singing along to Never Forget.
Obviously it was a Circus theme - the lads even took a turn unicycling (apart from Gaz, who got the biggest cheer, for riding a kid's bike instead!). Despite the massive setting, it still felt intimate and the boys always take the time to thank everyone, wish them a safe journey home etc, which is not something you always get.
And God, are they all fit!!
I admit, I'm a Thatter, but for those of you that aren't devoted fans, this is still something you have to see - get the DVD when it comes out!
Take That Stadium Tour - "The Circus"
Fun, fast and fresh, Take That's concert at Wembley Stadium was a thousand times better than I had expected it to be.
I've always rather liked Take That's music, but was never a keen follower of the group as many of my school friends were throughout the 90s. It was good music, catchy tunes, but I just didn't fancy them.
This time round is a very different story - the concert at Wembley changed all that. The great thing about this concert was that it was a show; Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald are showmen - they are performers! Their quirky, cheeky antics had me laughing my socks off and their rhythmic songs had the 80,000 strong crowd on their feet singing along and swaying to every one. The atmosphere was literally awsome.
The grand finale did not disappoint either, just as you thought it couldn't get any better a beautiful fireworks display lit up the sky as the four crooners sang "Rule the World".
And let me tell you, that night, they did.
16 years ago, at the tender age of 15 I am standing in a stable at the yard where I used to ride. We've finished the mucking out, we've ridden 4 horses each and they are out playing in the fields. Which means that, for 2 hours before we have to get them in again we are free to play!!! On goes the tape cassette, up goes the volume and the shaving floor of the stable transforms miraculously into a dance floor and our practice of the best boy band of the eras latest dance commences!!!
This routine formed the majority of my youth years. Take That, or more to the point the delectable and astoundingly cute Mark Owen commanded my waking hours. Dance routines were memorised, right down to the last hair flick. Posters on walls were gazed at lovingly and the bank of mum and dad was regularly hit by purchases of the latest collectable poster or cd. At the time though I was deemed "too young" by the unfair old foogeys to go to a concert despite begging and pleading.
Fast forward 16 years...
And i'm standing in the upper tier of wembley stadium, looking down on an intriguing looking stage set up. My afore mentioned old foogey mother has lost all traces of old foogeyism standing beside me getting ready for what is expected to be the greatest night of my life. I get warmed up (physically and mentally ;o) ) by the delectable Jamie Mccullum in an exceptionally clingy and sweaty shirt (drool!!!) singing his hits, and what a belter it was!!!! At approximately 20.00 clowns start to come out and mingle with the crowds, handing out balloons by the bucket load and performing magic tricks.. The tension mounts for the start of the show and mum and i can barely contain ourselves, the chatter in the audience rises noticeably as spectators point out to each other props that are being bought out for the beginning of the act. And my word what an act it was.
Fairytale music starts to be played by the "ringmaster" and the beginning of the show set the magic and the fairytale atmosphere for the following 2 hours. indeed you get so engrossed in the beginning of the show and what is happening that you do not even notice the band arriving at the centre of the stage only for them to be revealed when all of the balloons are taken away.
Launching straight into "greatest day" the immense volume of wembley stadium erupts into sound. Camera flashes go nuts and the show has started! 2 songs later and I go nuts!!! The boys launch into their first ever number 1 "pray" and the arch typical pray dance comes out. The one I was practicing in that stable all those many years ago. Mark Owen looked bloomin gorgeous then and the passage of years has not dulled my thumping heart when I see him performing the pray dance today.
after a few of the classics the boys moved back to the stage area ON THE BACK OF AN ELEPHANT!!!!!!! a very mechanical but spookily realistic elephant that had a woman with the abdominal strength of an ox hanging upside down swishing around as the elephants tail. The elephant "walked" back to the main stage and then the circus began in earnest and what a treat it was!!! trampolinists, a trapeze artist, people in hoops you name it, every single part of the circus had been thought of. The mind boggles at how much thought and organization had gone into this concert and getting it to the standard it was at.
After a long performance of a massive amount of the take that catalogue the boys moved back to the centre stage to perform a haunting rendition of "million love songs" accompanied by a solo saxophone. Gary's vocal range has lost none of its melodic beauty with the passing of the years. simply stunning.
It was very telling to me that, as per the video, the boys donned clown make up to sing "say it all" Following this they sang their first releases including "do what you like" and "it only takes a minute" in full clown costume taking the absolute micky out of their dance routines frm that era. I found it insightful of how the boys think of themselves in the codpiece and bleached hair days and although this was the springboard to their current success they were still able to look back and laugh at themselves and how cheesy the songs and dance routines now appear.
I noticed throughout that the vocal talents of Jason were used on a number of occasions, on one instance throughout an entire solo cover of a very old classic song that bought a tear to both my mum and i's eyes. Previously Jason was regarded by myself and no doubt a fair portion of the 80,000 strong crowd as the dancer of the group. How he showed another dimension to himself, fantastic, simply fantastic!!
For christmas this year, presumably for want of anything else to buy his 3 extremely wealthy in their own rights mates for christmas, Gary bought Jason, Howard and Mark a unicycle each as their present. I have to say I have never seen such a novel way of getting a christmas present into a concert performance! brilliant!
Moving on to Never Forget. This has always been one of my most rousing take that songs (note the lack of an "a" at the front there ;o) ) and from our position overlooking the entireity of the stadium, seeing a sea of hands being put in the air at the same time bought a big lump to my throat. Gary choked up and started to cry, Jason definately had a moment and the sight of this band in front of an 80,000 strong crowd must've been completely overwhelming.
The show ended with "rule the world" the song that my ex and I were going to have as our wedding song (cue massive floods of tears from me, wembley developed a water fall) so I kinda missed the beauty of the ending. over the roof of wembley fire works were set off and pyrotechnics on the stage just completely and utterly wound up an amazing, awe inspiring, emotionally provoking evening spent with my favourite person in the whole wide world, my mother. As the fireworks were going off and the stage was lit up my mother pointed to a plane flying directly over the stadium from Heathrow. my good ness what a view they must've had! and even though any other time I would give my eye teeth to have a seat on that plane, at that exact moment all the money in the world would not have convinced me to change places.
we went to take that last night 24/06 at manchester old trafford cricket ground.
it is there circus tour, i am not a big take that fan , but went along to keep the peace !! , more of the concert in a bit,
getting into manchester at appx 5 oclock pm was no major trouble , the motorways and roads were busy but not restrictively so.
we parked for free on christie road in stretford , a good spot but fills up quickly. its about a 20 minute walk from here ,
along the walk to the ground there were loads of paid parking sites,
going in to the concert there were no queues to speak of,
you get bag searched on the way in but we were allowed to take sandwiches and drinks in, security were only allowing sealed/unopened drinks containers in.
there were plenty of food and drink vendors and gift vendors when you were in.
we joined the throngs on the pitch , the support acts gary go was ok, but the script were brill,
top of the bill , take that came on , and i admit it they were very good.
this is not just a concert its a show.
well worth the £50 for standing tickets ,
word of caution the crowds are massive its not easy going for drinks etc,
most people find a spot and stay there , be prepared.
leaving at the end of the concert was a bit of a bun fight , 50 thousand people all leaving at once can be problematic, keep friends close and especialy keep an eye on/tight hold of kids they can easily get dragged away in the crush.
we instructed our kids where to go if they got lost/seperated etc, beforehand, contingencey is the order of the day,
take a flag !! or take one each , just one on a stick will do , invaluable for signalling you position in the crowd if it gets busy !!
i took my camera too , no problems there with security,
hope you enjoy too,
Had a wonderful night last night at The Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
Wow, what a show - the best I've ever seen - some of the special effects left you speechless.
Didn't see Gary Go - and not sure whether he actually appeared - but The Saturdays were a good support act. The Take That boys were amazing and got all the crowd on their feet - dancing, swaying, clapping.
The only slight negative was that at times there was a lot of circus entertainment going on which detracted a bit from the group, but then again it added to the overall "show".
The songs were brilliant, ranging from some of their early stuff, right up to most of the songs on The Circus album. It was good to hear Howard and Jason taking the lead, proving that they are as good as Gary and Mark.
The atmosphere was very relaxed and the boys even did their own clown make-up on stage, whilst singing, to become part of the circus theme.
Although we had good seats and could see most of what was happening, I must congratulate the camera people, as they made the large screen content very interesting, so even if you have seats down the far end, you still feel part of the atmosphere.
The three things which I particularly enjoyed were the elephant, the water features and the fireworks.
All of you who have tickets to their future concerts will not be disappointed and if you do hear any bad reviews, ignore them - you can't help but enjoy this spectacular event!
I would love to see this concert again and as it was being recorded, hopefully it will either be on TV or released as a DVD so this is possible. Please, please do another tour in a few years time!
5 Years ago I never would have thought I'd be at a Take That concert, ever...but then I suppose neither did Take That themselves! I was a huge fan back when they started out, 17 years ago (yes 17 years how time flies!), in their lycra and codpieces. I had, and still have, a load of merchandise, every smash hits and Just 17 they every appeared in, and every album and single (on cassette) right up until they split in 1996. I have to admit I was a bit upset, but I was starting my own family by then, quickly got over it, and really didn't give any of them, excepting Robbie, another thought really.
Then in 2005, after a TV documentary, Gary, Mark, Howard and Jason made a come back. It could have gone horribly wrong, but it didn't. They have since released 2 albums, Beautiful World and The Circus. I never made it to a concert in the 90's, and missed The recent Reunion tour (2006...I'd booked Robbies Close encounters tour instead) and Beautiful world tour in 2007, but finally, thanks to my simply brilliant Mother, I was at the opening night of The Circus Tour at The Stadium of Light, Sunderland, Last night (It was also my birthday, what a fantastic present of my mum!)
The first concert ever to be held at The Stadium of Light, home to the north easts only premier football club (yep, that was a sly dig, I'm originally a mackam ;-) ) Take That, The Circus was without doubt the best concert I have ever been to.
The opening support acts where Gary Go (I'd never heard of him until last night) and James Morrison (who was great) got the atmosphere going. The stage was Set with a huge circus tent, with a massive TV screen 'sun' behind and gigantic screens to each side. The stage then had a runner to a B stage, pretty much in the middle of the stadium, where a hot air balloon sailed from, decorated with clouds representing The Circus Album cover. We where in the second tier seating, directly opposite the stage, so while they where quite far away, we had a fantastic full view...and with the big screens and my dad's binoculars I didn't miss anything.
When James Morrison finished at 8.15 pm, there was quite a long anticipating wait. The crowd created it's own entertainment and we got a fantastic Mexican Wave going right round the stadium. It was highly entertaining and fun.
And then a ring master appeared and welcomed us to the Circus, followed by lots of circus performers. They were moving what seemed like a carriage covered in huge balloons towards the B-stage. One balloon popped open to reveal a man, who got in the hot air balloon and it was released into the air (well not so it flew away, but so it was floating above the stage). Clowns and dancers filled the stage and then the crowd went mad as the balloons drifted apart to reveal Take That.
I don't want to go right through the concert, as last night was the opening gig, and there's still a lot of shows to go, I really wouldn't want to spoil the show for anyone who is going to one of the other concerts. I will tell you that the opened with Greatest Day which was amazing. We then had some old favourites like could it be magic and pray. All of this was performed on the B-stage and was very high energy and fun, and included THE most amazing special effect I have ever seen ... a giant elephant, I'll say no more!
The boys then went back to the main stage and performed some of their more recent songs. They performed up all night, with just them...no other band members , all playing instruments, and it was fantastic. We got solo's from Jason and Howard, which was really nice to see as in the past they have been pushed to back somewhat, and then a piano solo off Gary which was absolutly spell binding.
We where also treated to a 'megamix' of really oldies....anyone who had the Take That and Party album will remember this. There wasn't a cod piece, lycra or jelly insight though, and it was excellent, absolutly buzzing. Back to some more classics and recent stuff and a breath taking performance to Re-light my fire, The show closed in an absolute spectacle of fireworks... Take That truly did rule the world last night for the 50, 000 people in the stadium of light.
Take Thats journey is absolutly remarkable. The range of people at the concert showed what a huge range they now appeal too, and there was not one bottom on seat or arm left dangling. Not only where we given a spectacular performance, but a Circus extraveganzer of dancers, clowns, trapeze and tightrope walkers and other circus performers. My only criticism of the show would be I would have liked to see these a bit closer.
The guys themselves looked in tip top shape. I have never ever seen Gary Barlow look so well. The routines where perfection, the vocals amazing. I'd particularly like to mention Howards solo performance, which was strong, poignant and very well done. They have matured so much, and have to be congratulated for coming back after a 10 year break and appealing to a far wider audience than their original fan base of teenage girls. My dad was absolutly gutted he was left to babysit, and there where lots of men, as well as screaming ladies, of all ages from young to old in the audience.
Speculation about a surprise appearance from Robbie Williams has been rife recently. He wasn't even mentioned last night, and to be honest... they don't need him. Take That now are respected as a 4 piece, who write fantastic songs and give outstanding performances. I was always a Robbie fan, I saw him at Croke Park 3 years ago on his Close Encounters tour. I thought that was amazing, but last nights show definitely surpassed that. And Take That deserve every success they have, they remain 4 really nice blokes. Robbie made some pretty nasty comments at Croke Park about 'does he need to turn up to their shows, he doesn't think so' and ridiculed Gary Barlow, as they were just starting their re-union tour. I think the tables have turned and Take That are the ones who don't need Robbie. Don't get me wrong, if Mr Williams announced a tour tomorrow I'd be there like a shot, but they are 2 separate enteties now, and should remain so. as much as i love Robbie, i wouldn't want his ego spoiling Take That, as I fear it would.
I've been specifically vague about the out standing special effects, being that the tour has just started, but I can seriously say I haven't ever seen anything like it again. for anyone who is interested I have some pictures uploaded here:
They aren't great as they are my own pictures and we weren't that close and I was far from steady, but I'm quite chuffed with them and they give a good idea of the spectacle we were treated to. If you are going to one of the later dates, you might not want to look as there's a couple of amazing surprises revealed in there!.
I can honestly say I had the 'Greatest day' of my life. Even the drizzle couldn't spoil the night. Take That surely must now be up there amongst the best live performers there is. My voice is hoarse tonight, my hands red raw from clapping and my arms killing from all the waving about. If you want to see Take That on this tour and don't yet have a ticket, then get on ebay, scour the internet, beg steal and borrow to get there. It's absolutly worth it for the experience of a life time.
Full details of the tour can be found at www.takethat.com/tour/
Last night the circus came to town as Take That kicked off their Circus tour at the Stadium of Light here in Sunderland. Playing two dates, the boys are performing again tonight to over 50,000 fans.
It's the start of an exciting week in Sunderland as Oasis are also playing at the Stadium in a few days time, and anticipation has been building throughout the week.
59 Take That trucks rolled into town earlier this week, as work began on the stage set up, which was promised as something spectacular, and seeing it last night, it did not disappoint.
My daughter was a huge Take That fan when she was younger, and many of these young fans - now grown up - were out in force to see their childhood heroes once more, and were jumping about in their seats like 16 year olds all over again! The crowd was a mixture of young and old alike, proving Take That are still attracting fans both new and old.
James Morrison and Gary Go did a good job of warming up the crowd, who had stood in the rain outside for hours waiting for the doors to open.
Then, as carnival music began playing, onto the stage came a host of circus performers making their way via a train to the centre circle, which they covered with giant balloons before Take That rose up into the circle to sing 'The Greatest Day' - very apt for all the fans who had waited months to see their favourite band perform.
The band put in a polished performance, singing both songs from their 'Circus' album and many old favourites, such as Could It Be Magic, Pray, Back For Good, Shine, Patience, and Never Forget.
The spectacle continued with water fountains, evil laughs from a giant mannequin, spectacular lights and a giant Elephant which appeared as the stage unfolded and carried the band into the air and back to the main stage which was filled with circus performers.
A funny moment occurred with the band on unicycles riding towards the circle, when Mark Owen fell off, and Gary Barlow instead riding on a kiddies bike!
The band interacted well with the crowd and made references to both Sunderland and Newcastle supporters, wearing red and white much to the enjoyment of the Sunderland fans, but then told the crowd they would be wearing black and white later! Everything was taken in good humour though, despite the fierce rivalry between the two cities, as everyone joined in the party atmosphere.
Jason Orange put in a good performance taking the lead for 'Wooden Boat', as the guys each played instruments. This went down really well, but there again, so did every song, as the band put in a slick, faultless performance which ended with 'Relight My Fire'.
The crowd were hungry for more, despite singing every song all night, and the band returned to perform 'Rule The World' as fireworks exploded into the sky.
It was a truly magical night!