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Manchester Arena to be renamed the Take That Arena

The band perform five shows at the venue later this month.

Manchester Arena is to be renamed the Take That Arena for one week only.

The gesture is to commemorate the band’s record-breaking tally of 46 performances at the venue, the most by any music act in the arena’s history.

Take That are set to perform a five-night residency at Manchester Arena when their homecoming tour rolls into town on 22 April 2019.

Commenting on the rebrand, the venue’s general manager James Allen says, “Take That have been with us from the start and as they grace our stage next week for their homecoming, it is fitting that they should perform at the Take That Arena. The rebrand is our way of marking the band’s record-breaking achievement of 46 performances here, an accolade that is truly deserving of this recognition, a show of pride from their venue at the heart of the city.”

The band have a strong affinity to Manchester, having formed in the city in 1989.

Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen’s latest tour kicked off in Sheffield on 12 April 2019.

The remaining dates see the trio take to Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin, London, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Southampton, Bristol, Norwich, Middlesborough, Huddersfield, Liverpool and Cardiff.

The tour is in support of their Odyssey album, a re-imagining of the band’s greatest hits. Released in November 2018, Odyssey looks back at three decades as a band with 27 tracks from across Take That’s career.

Take That released their debut Take That & Party in 1992, reaching No.2 on the official UK album chart. Sophomore album Everything Changes took the top spot, featuring singles such as Babe and the anthemic Relight My Fire alongside British legend Lulu.

Nobody Else saw Take That break internationally, reaching the top of the charts in 11 countries. The album spawned the massive singles Back for Good and Never Forget.

Following the departure from the band of Robbie Williams, they took a nine-year break. The four remaining members reunited in 2005, launching a comeback that led to three No.1 albums in four years. Robbie returned in 2011 for the release of Progress, before both Williams and Jason Orange departed.

Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen went on to release III and their most recent album Wonderland in 2017. Now Odyssey and their UK dates look to embrace their vibrant musical past, all the way from Take That & Party to the present day.

Here are the remaining dates:

18 April 2019 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
19 April 2019 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
20 April 2019 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
22 April 2019 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
23 April 2019 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
25 April 2019 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
26 April 2019 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
27 April 2019 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
29 April 2019 – 3Arena, Dublin
30 April 2019 – 3Arena, Dublin
2 May 2019 – The O2, London
3 May 2019 – The O2, London
4 May 2019 – The O2, London
5 May 2019 – The O2, London
7 May 2019 – The O2, London
8 May 2019 – The O2, London
9 May 2019 – The O2, London
10 May 2019 – The O2, London
12 May 2019 – Birmingham Arena, Birmingham
13 May 2019 – Birmingham Arena, Birmingham
14 May 2019 – Birmingham Arena, Birmingham
16 May 2019 – Birmingham Arena, Birmingham
17 May 2019 – Birmingham Arena, Birmingham
18 May 2019 – Birmingham Arena, Birmingham
19 May 2019 – Birmingham Arena, Birmingham
23 May 2019 – MK Stadium, Milton Keynes
25 May 2019 – St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
26 May 2019 – St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
28 May 2019 – Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol
30 May 2019 – Carrow Road Stadium, Norwich City
1 June 2019 – Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
4 June 2019 – John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield
6 June 2019 – Anfield Stadium, Liverpool
8 June 2019 – Principality Stadium, Cardiff


Last remaining tickets to see Take That live on tour are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.

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