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Review: Take That simply spectacular at electrifying Belfast gig

Review: Take That at Odyssey Arena, Belfast

By Andrew Johnston

Anyone who had written Take That off following the departure of first Robbie Williams and then Jason Orange underestimated the veteran boyband’s resolve.

Returning to Belfast last night as a trio, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald treated their Northern Ireland fans to a truly spectacular evening.

Previous Take That tours have comprised everything from a Robbie hologram to a 60-foot robot, but the latest live extravaganza outdoes anything they have given us before.

After a lengthy intro that was like Cirque du Soleil’s acid-tripping cousin, the threesome took their places on a stage set that appeared to take up half the Odyssey Arena.

But proving this wasn’t just The Gary Show, Get Ready for It featured Owen on acoustic guitar and Donald on percussion, while the former took lead vocals on Hold Up A Light. Barlow’s songwriting may be the glue that holds Take That together, but the individual characters and their commitment to entertaining is what gives them their charm.

Über-ballad Patience was billed as “the song that brought us back after all those years”, before The Garden conjured up giant jellyfish, grasping tentacles and kitschy, sprite-like creatures.

Elsewhere, fellow oldies Relight My Fire, Back For Good and Pray kept the casual punters happy.

After 25 years in the game, Take That show no signs of burning out or fading away.

Five stars

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