Take That tour 2019 | 30th anniversary tour and greatest hits
Take That will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a 2019 tour following the release of a 'Greatest Hits' album to be launched in 2018.
The 'Everything Changes' hitmakers will take to the stage once again in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Southampton, Bristol, Norwich, Middlesborough and Huddersfield.
Here’s absolutely everything we know about Take That’s 2019 tour (30th anniversary), where they've announced extra dates and the "re-imagined" tracks on the way for the greatest hits album.
Take That tour 2019: dates and venues
After teasing a big announcement for Friday, September 21, Take That revealed a huge UK and Europe tour to celebrate their 30th anniversary.
The tour news came along with the announcement of 'Odyssey', a Take That Greatest Hits album that will feature classic tracks, re-recorded versions of their chart-topping singles, special guests and three new songs.
Here's the complete list of 'Take That Greatest Hits Live 2019' tour dates for the UK and Ireland:
- Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena (UK) - April 13 (NEW!) 15 & 16
- Glasgow, SSE Hydro (UK) - April 18, 19 & 20
- Manchester Arena (UK) - April 22, 23, 25, 26, 27
- Dublin, 3Arena (Ireland) - April 29 & 30 (NEW!)
- The O2 Arena, London (UK) - May 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 (NEW!), 10 (NEW!)
- Birmingham Arena (UK) - May 12, 13, 14, 16 (NEW!), 17, 18
- Milton Keynes Dons Football Club (UK) - May 23
- Southampton, St Mary's Stadium (UK) - May 25
- Bristol City Ashton Gate Stadium (UK) - May 28
- Norwich, Carrow Road Stadium (UK) - May 30
- Middlesbrough, Riverside Stadium (UK) - June 1
- Huddersfield, John Smith Stadium (UK) - June 4
- Liverpool, Anfield Stadium (UK) - June 6 (NEW!)
- Cardiff, Principality Stadium (UK) - June 8 (NEW!)
Tickets went on sale Friday, September 28.
Later, Take That announced another big concert in Wales in a cheeky Twitter exchange. The lads will be performing a big concert at Principality Stadium, Cardiff on June 8. Tickets go on sale October 5.
Confirmed! The Welsh Thatters have campaigned hard so we thought it was only fair to add a show! 🙌 Saturday June 8th at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff 🎶 Tickets on sale next Friday Oct 5th at 9.30am 👀 pic.twitter.com/2few9ZLDxC
— Take That (@takethat) September 28, 2018
An extra date was also added at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium.
The band said, “It's a real honour for us to be able to play Anfield, such an historic ground and venue. The Liverpool audiences have always been incredible.”
The support act for the tour is 'Never Gonna Give You Up' hitmaker Rick Astley, who's currently on tour himself this year.
Following Take That's UK tour, the band will jet off for concerts in Europe in June 2019.
The 'Never Forget' singers will perform shows in cities including Paris, Rome and Berlin.
- Paris, Le Grand Rex (France) - June 13
- Brussels, Palais 12 Theatre (Belgium) - June 14
- Dusseldorf, Mitsubishi Electric Halle (Germany) - June 15
- Amsterdam, AFAS Live (Netherlands) - June 17
- Ostend, Kursaal (Belgium) - June 18
- Berlin, Tempodrom (Germany) - June 20
- Copenhagen, KB Hall (Denmark) - June 21
- Hamburg, Stadtpark (Germany) - June 24
- Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle (Germany) - June 25
- Vienna, Stadthalle Hall F (Austria) - June 26
- Lucca Summer Festival, Piazza Napoleone (Italy) - June 28
- Roma, Auditorium Cavva Parco Della Musica (Italy) - June 29
- Zurich, Hallenstadion (Switzerland) - June 30
It's likely the band will announce further international dates next year.
Take That's tour announcement - the big build up...
During a Twitter Q&A in August 2017, Take That frontman Gary Barlow - who wrote many of the band’s songs and often serves as lead vocalist - revealed the pop group's intentions to embark on a Take That 30th anniversary tour in 2019.
In response to the direct question "are Take That going on tour?", the singer tweeted to his more than 4.5 million followers, “Yes 2019 xx”
Yes 2019 xx https://t.co/RRsz1EqVYt
— Gary Barlow (@GaryBarlow) 24 August 2017
Fans predictably lost their minds, begging Barlow for more details on the Take That UK concert dates and venues.
Another fan asked Barlow about Take That’s 2018 plans. He answered, “TT greatest hits with 3 new songs xxx”
TT greatest hits with 3 new songs xxx https://t.co/7rT3a76D6D
— Gary Barlow (@GaryBarlow) 24 August 2017
Later in September, Barlow appeared as a guest on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 and revealed more details about the Take That 2019 tour, as well as the new Greatest Hits album.
He told Evans, “At the end of next year, we've got some kind of greatest hits out. They're trying to put everything onto one package. I'm going to do three or four new songs for that, so I'm starting to write."
Barlow went on to say that tickets for the Take That tour 2019 would likely go on sale “at the end of next year".
He added, “It's a greatest hits tour, so I think we're actually planning a world tour for that. We've just got to get it past the wives - the last hurdle now.
"We've done the planning, and the agents, promoters... It's just one last hurdle. It's a big hurdle.”
Take That posted a cryptic tweet with the hashtag #TT30 afew days before they finally announced 2019 tour dates, but many saw nothing but a solid black image with the message: "Look closely".
But one savvy Twitter user managed to decipher the code using Photoshop, revealing the Take That logo, the date 21.9.2018 (this Friday) and the hashtag #TT30.
You’re welcome ;) pic.twitter.com/rEu7VF0PlU
— Sas (@Sassefras___) September 17, 2018
As fans had hoped, the announcement was the official release date of their upcoming greatest hits album and UK tour dates.
The Take That 30th anniversary tour is likely to be HUGE, with additional dates around the world to come - but not necessarily at the biggest venues.
Contrary to previous comments from Barlow, Take That's 2019 concerts will take place in some of the UK's top arena venues.
During the interview with Chris Evans, Barlow suggested that Take That concerts work better in smaller venues.
He said, "I tell you what we did last time – we played places like Norwich City, which are big, but they're not like Wembley Stadium. And we found that was the intimacy we like. We had a great couple of nights there and we'd like to do more of that."
It’s now been confirmed that Take That - currently performing as a three-piece consisting of Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald - will play tour dates in their home city of Manchester.
After dates for their 2017 tour ‘Wonderland Live’ at Manchester Arena had to be rescheduled following the bombing in May that year, it is likely the band would want to show support for the venue. Take That holds the record for most number of concerts at Manchester Arena.
In an interview with BBC's The One Show, Howard Donald revealed that Take That would be including cities the man band have not previously not toured in.
He said, "We want to go to all of the territories that we've never been to before, like South America."
Take That headline Manchester's Hits Radio Live
Fans got a sneak preview of Take That's upcoming tour when the band headlined the first ever Hits Radio Live event.
— Take That (@takethat) June 8, 2018
The group joined Rita Ora, Liam Payne, George Ezra, Clean Bandit, Years and Years, Sigala and Jax Jones on July 14, 2018 at the Manchester concert.
Barlow told Hits Radio Breakfast Show, "It feels like a hometown gig for us, which is always really special. We love playing live, there’s nothing like it.
"We’ll pull out all the big ones, ‘Relight My Fire’, ‘Greatest Day’, ‘Patience’ and ‘Shine’!”
Is Robbie Williams coming back for the Take That tour 2019?
According to Barlow, it’s very unlikely that either Robbie Williams - who rejoined the band in 2010 to record the album ‘Progress’ and it’s subsequent UK/Europe tour ‘Progress Live’ - or Jason Orange - who left the band in 2014 - will be part of the Take That 30th anniversary tour in 2019.
A fan asked Barlow outright on Twitter if Take That would be performing as a five-piece again soon, to which the singer responded an unhopeful “Doubt it x”.
Doubt it x https://t.co/lIEl6dqaon
— Gary Barlow (@GaryBarlow) 24 August 2017
In an interview with OK! magazine, Robbie said he would be happy to go on tour with Take That again, but suggested he would want to see Orange return as well.
“I’m in if it’s a five-piece. I’d probably be in even if it isn’t."
However, the 'Angels' singer added that it wouldn't be something he'd consider within the next five years, casting doubt on whether he'd want to be part of the Take That 2019 greatest hits tour.
Robbie had previously expressed interest in rejoining Take That for a 30th anniversary tour, but recent health problems, cancellations of his own tour dates, scheduling problems and his admission that performing is "killing him", makes a reunion seem unlikely.
The Take That 2019 tour promotional material features imagery of Gary, Mark and Howard, making it even less likely the former members will return.
However, it has been reported that new tracks on Take That’s upcoming 'Greatest Hits' album will feature songs co-written by the ‘Angels’ singer, so he could at least make a surprise guest appearance.
The singer recently released a tell-all autobiography that goes into detail about the mental health problems he's suffered as a result of fame.
— Robbie Williams (@robbiewilliams) 7 June 2017
What will the Take That tour 2019 concerts be like?
This is not the first time Take That has played a greatest hits tour. The band performed ‘The Ultimate Tour’ back in 2004, but have since released several hit albums.
With that said, the Take That 30th anniversary tour is likely to resemble their most recent tour as a three-piece, ‘Wonderland’, which featured a number of their greatest hits as well as tracks from the new album.
Here' the full set list for the Take That 2017 'Wonderland' tour, which could give some idea as to what we can expect for the 30th anniversary tour in 2019:
- Greatest Day
- Get Ready For It
- Underground Machine
- Relight My Fire
- Acoustic medley: Beautiful World/Wait/Satisfied/Lovelife
- How Deep Is Your Love
- New Day
- Back For Good
- It’s All For You
- The Flood
- These Days
- Never Forget
- Rule The World
Take That's 30th anniversary tour might also bear resemblance to the 'Patience Live' tour, which was the first reunion with Robbie Williams since his departure from the band and celebrated their 20 years in music.
Take That Greatest Hits album 'Odyssey', new music and 're-imagined' songs
Gary Barlow already confirmed that Take That would be working on new music for the greatest hits album 'Odyssey'.
But in an interview with BBC's The One Show, Howard Donald revealed the upcoming album will also feature new versions of some of Take That's biggest tracks.
He said, "We're recreating some of the songs for the Greatest Hits. We've got three new songs that we're going to put on the album."
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Barlow added, "We've re-imagined some of the songs, but not all of them. You've got to be careful with these things. If you take them too far, you're destroying people's memories.
"We've tried to be respectful to the music, but just putting a load of music on an album wasn't enough for us. We wanted to just go back and have a look through it, and try to make it sound better."
The greatest hits album "with a twist" will also feature special guests (Robbie?!) and will be available as a limited edition signed boxset including a booklet and art prints.
Along with the announcement of 'Odyssey', Take That dropped an audio-only video for a new version of one of their early hits 'Pray'.
Stay tuned to LineUp for the latest news on the Take That tour 2019 and the new ‘Greatest Hits’ album.