Gary, Mark and Howard’s arrival in Sheffield proved that - much like a fine wine - those Take That boys only get better with age.
Their one-night-only show at Sheffield Arena on Monday was a lesson in live performance - and I’m giving these guys straight A’s.
The spectacular show - aptly named Wonderland, after their new album - opened with a bang as the lads belted out the title track, quickly followed by Greatest Day, just in case the audience hadn’t yet found their feet. They had.
What followed was a mesmerising high of Take That favourites, old and new from the past 25 years, that saw the stage lit up with flames (Relight My Fire), doused in water (The Flood) and the dancers take to the skies in an incredible aerial display (Hope).
Easy favourites were the big production number that was Kidz, welcoming captivating choreography from the full complement of dancers, intertwined with stilt walkers; and Pray, that saw the thousands-strong crowd scream with delight as the boys launched into their, now iconic, dance routine.
Best of all, the whole show took place ‘ in the round’ on a huge circular stage in the middle of the arena that left every ticket holder feeling like they’d bagged front row seats.
The only nod to the recent attack at Manchester Arena came at the end of the night, as Gary wished everyone a very safe journey home, before capping the show off with Never Forget and Rule the World.
There’s no doubt these aren’t the same kids who smashed up the charts in the 90s; they’re sharper, slicker and more exciting to watch than ever before. They - along with their show - hit every note perfectly.
Come back soon, boys.
And if you missed the boys live in action, don’t think that means that you’ve missed out. The band has just announced that their London O2 performance will be broadcast live to 500 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on June 9, with the help of Event Cinema specialists CinemaLive.
For the first time, Gary, Mark and Howard will perform in the round at the O2 arena, giving fans a unique and unbeatable cinematic experience - and cinema audiences will be able to experience the full concert from ‘the best seat in the house.’
The lads released a statement after revealing the news, saying: “We’re really looking forward to returning to cinemas with the live broadcast of our Wonderland show at London’s O2 in June. The last time we did this in 2015, the atmosphere was amazing. The chance to have so many extra people joining us from cinemas around the UK and in Europe for one night only will be really exciting.”
Take That are renowned for their incredible live shows and for pushing the boundaries of live production, having created some of the most memorable stage shows in UK music history. They are the only band in the world to have had a huge mechanical elephant as part of the cast for their Circus Tour, not to mention a 70-foot man named Om who rose out of the stage on The Progress Tour. Walls of water, enormous holograms, circus performers, aerialists, a custom made flying machine and a huge ball of fire have all graced their stages.
Take That are one of the UK’s most successful acts with an enviable career spanning three decades. The band have sold over 8.5million concert tickets setting the record for the fastest selling tour of all time in UK history when 1.34 million tickets were snapped up for their Progress Live Tour in less than 24 hours.
In the UK alone, they have achieved seven UK Number One albums, 12 Number One singles, won five Ivor Novello Awards, and eight BRIT Awards. Internationally, they have scored an incredible 54 No.1 hits and 35 No.1 albums.
Visit www.takethat.com/livecinema now to book your tickets for this incredible one night only cinema experience.