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Take That to play at Carrow Road

PUBLISHED: 10:22 23 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:30 13 June 2017

Take That are coming to Norwich as part of their 2017 tour. Photo: supplied by DawBell PR.

Take That are coming to Norwich as part of their 2017 tour. Photo: supplied by DawBell PR.

supplied by DawBell PR

Pop band Take That is set to play a gig in Norwich next summer as part of the group's newly announced Wonderland Live tour.

How two Norfolk firms helped create the spectacle of a previous Take That show

A giant robot man was one of the defining moments of Take That’s sell-out Progress Tour in 2011 - and he started life on a factory floor in Thetford.

Known as ‘OM,’ the huge 70ft creation took centre stage towards the end of the show when he stood upright and band members danced in his giant hands.

Two companies, Warren Services and Boniface Engineering, both based at the Fison Way Industrial Estate, had been tasked with turning the designs of Hertfordshire-based stage specialists Brilliant Stages into reality.

The venture was top secret and the firms had only a matter of weeks to construct the huge steel, aluminium and fibreglass figure and make sure he could walk tall when the music began to play.

Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald will perform at Norwich Carrow Road Stadium on Friday, June 16, currently the final date of their 22-date tour across the UK and Ireland which kicks off on May 8 in Newcastle.

The announcement is another big music boost for the city which last year saw big names such as Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters, Muse and Florence and the Machine head to Earlham Park for BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend.

Earlier this year rock legend Rod Stewart also graced the Carrow Road stage for a second time, and previous stars who have performed at the Canary’s home ground include Elton John in 2005 and George Michael in 2007.

It will be the first time Take That has ever performed in Norwich, although former bandmate Robbie Williams previously performed at the UEA’s LCR in October 1997.

Take That - who this summer played to a crowd of 65,000 at London’s Hyde Park - will also be going to Glasgow, Dublin, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham, London, Swansea and the band’s hometown of Manchester during the tour.

The group will be supported by All Saints.

The 2017 tour is linked to Take That’s new Wonderland album which will be released in March next year, and tickets for all tour dates will go on sale this Friday.

Take That is well known for elaborate live shows, and organisers have said the 2017 tour will “bring fans their most exciting live experience to date,” and that Take That will perform for the first time on a main stage which will be right in the centre of the arena floors.

Past tours have featured everying from a giant mechanical elephant to a 70ft robotic man rising from the stage to a custom-made flying machine swooping over the audience.

The band set the record for the fastest selling tour of all time in UK history when 1.34 million tickets were snapped up for the 2011 Progress Live Tour in less than 24 hours.

Take That’s many hit songs include Rule The World, Relight My Fire, Greatest Day, Pray, Back For Good and Never Forget.

Originally a five-piece band, Take That now performs as a trio after Robbie Williams and Jason Orange left the group.

Since the group first formed in 1990, In the UK Take That has achieved seven number one albums, 15 number one singles, sold more than 45 million records, and won six Ivor Novellos and eight BRIT Awards. Internationally, Take That has achieved 54 number one hits and 35 number one albums.

Take That’s last album, III, went straight to number one when it was released in 2014.

Tickets for the Take That Wonderland Live tour will go on sale at 9.30am on Friday, October 28 at www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk

People who preorder Take That’s new album Wonderland at www.amazon.co.uk before October 25 will be given priority access to an exclusive ticket presale.

Admission prices for Take That’s Norwich Carrow Road Stadium date are: seats £55, £65, £85 and £95 and pitch standing £59.

Tickets will only be sold through the above websites and will not be sold through Norwich City Football Club’s ticket offices or website.

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