Night Two of the Apple Music Festival
calls, and it’s time for 90’s boyband turned modern day ballad factory Take That
to take to the stage.
For the teens in attendance (we were few and far between), it was a set full of, ‘Oh they perform THAT song!’ and ‘Oh I remember this from The Circus album’. For the majority (fourty-something screaming women), it was the chance to fulfil a lifelong dream of Robbie Williams serenading you.
Unfortunately, Robbie has left the band, as has Jason Orange (Who? Exactly). But, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald are still in full force with a set that, surprisingly, lacks many of their newer Number 1’s.
The bands latest album, the aptly named ‘III’, has recently seen them embark on a two-leg UK tour (the UK part ended in Newcastle in June, the European part starts in Denmark on the 1st of October). Despite the lack of hits from the track, led single ‘These Days’ charted at Number 1, whilst ‘Let In The Sun’ and ‘Higher than Higher’ struggled to make the Top 40.
Opening with ‘Shine’ and ‘Greatest Day’, arguably their best two tracks, we were ready to leave. That’s had they not followed it up with an epic, non-stop set list featuring ‘Patience’, ‘Pray’, ‘Up All Night’, ‘The Flood’ and ‘Relight My Fire’. There was a mixture of hits from when the band were a five-some but mostly a collection of their time as a four-some.
Through-out the whole set, not a person could be seen checking Twitter or replying to an email. If there’s one thing Take That
can’t be accused of, it’s putting on a bad show. Their crowd interaction was on point, regularly making sure that everybody was a part of the…