Gig Review – Take That – St Marys

The last time Take That performed in our lovely city it was in front of a very lucky few when they made an appearance at the opening night of their musical, this time they’re back for a 2 night residency in front of 60,000 people!!

Celebrating their 30th year as a band these shows are rounding up a massive 38 dates in the UK this year!!

Opening up for the boys this year was 80’s legend Rick Astley. I had been really looking forward to seeing him and he didn’t disappoint, he has the most incredible voice! He had a relatively long set for a support act and although a lot of the audience were not as familiar with some of his newer stuff the crowd were predictably nuts for ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’

Well known for the grandness of their live shows, Take That are not only one of the UKs most popular boybands of the last few decades but they are also one of our best live acts. Months and months of planning goes into these shows which are a labour of love for all involved.

I’ve been fortunate enough to see every tour they’ve done since 1992 and honestly the level of excitement when they announce a new tour has never left me.

They may be getting on a bit now but their shows just get better and better.

Opening with ‘Greatest Day’ the boys appeared in a giant globe to deafening screams from the crowd.

This show saw Take That power through nearly 30 songs, mostly the greatest hits but also some of the new ones. All re-imagined for a new audience.

A Take That show is a spectacle. You’re not just watching 3 men sing and dance there’s so much more to it than that. The staging is always extravagant and this time we had motorcycles and wind machines. Fire and fireworks in this Las Vegas/American themed show.

As always the guys were absolutely incredible live, vocally they are just perfect. Never a bum note heard and they love it. You can tell they love it and that really rubs off on the audience. Especially when they walked through the crowd and made their way to their infamous ‘B’ Stage in the middle of the stadium where the audience get a lot closer than they expected to!

Highlights for me were the welcome return of Lulu for ‘Relight my Fire’ which also featured the Love Soul Choir from Southampton which was amazing to see and really added to the fact it was a local show and Shine was an amazing performance.

It was an incredible show, lots of memories and nostalgia but also incredibly current. It shows why they are still top of their game 30 years into their career, here’s to the next 30….

Jodie Brough @jodievoicefm

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