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Take That looking forward to getting out of rain at Odyssey

By Anthony Barnes

Take That have revealed they are looking forward to swapping stadiums for arenas such as Belfast's Odyssey - because they can avoid the rain and their audience will not be so far away.

The group - newly trimmed down to a trio after the exit of Jason Orange - have announced a series of shows next year with tickets due to go on sale tomorrow.

Chief songwriter Gary Barlow said he was looking forward to playing the indoor shows, which come to the Odyssey Arena on May 4 and 5.

"It's more intimate, our audience have stood in fields for seven years now watching us on a stage that's miles away, it's time to give them a better view," he said.

And bandmate Howard Donald explained: "It will be much the same without the worry that it's going to rain on us. It'll be more intimate than stadiums and that's a good thing."

Fans can apply for pre-sale tickets today if they order a copy of the album on Amazon by midnight. General tickets for the tour go on sale at 9am tomorrow, priced from £60 to £90.

Barlow said discussions are already under way on how to approach this new set of dates to promote their forthcoming album III, their first tour since they launched their Progress Live shows three-and-a-half years ago.

He said: "We're involved in every bit of the tour, and yes we've been talking already about what we can do to blow our audience away but I'm not going to give anything away, you'll have to wait and see. I think we all want a big show, our dream is to always make people go 'wow'.

"That's the goal so that's all I'll be hoping for."

Donald added: "We are 100% involved in which direction the tour goes. It's one of my favourite parts of the job, coming up with the ideas for it."

He said they had already discussed themes for the tour.

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