“To be able to see Take That in my home city was a dream come true” - fans’ reviews of the band’s Norwich concerts
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Pop superstars Take That wowed nearly 60,000 people with their Wonderland tour during their debut visit to Norwich this week.
Here some of their fans share their reviews of the concerts at Carrow Road on Thursday and Friday night.
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JUNE 16 CONCERT
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Kate Brown, 40, from Dereham: 'One of the best nights of my life! To be able see Take That in my home city was a dream come true and I am still pinching myself!
From the moment I took my seat there was a fantastic buzz in the air and when Take That made their entrance the crowd went wild! It sounded so great to hear them say Good Evening Norwich.
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Take Take were amazing from start to finish, playing lots of the new songs like Giants and many of the classics like Patience and Pray. My favourite was Cry when Gary Barlow sang off the podium just in front of us.
To top the night off they finished with Rule the World and Carrow Road lit the night sky with twinkling lights and fireworks. A fab ending to a wonderful concert. Thank you Take That.
I was at the concert with my husband Gary and sons Owen, 12, and Zach, seven.'
Victoria Holland, 33, from Thorpe St Andrew: 'I had a fantastic time at the Take That concert on Friday night. At exactly 7.30pm, the support act All Saints took to the stage, playing a number of their greatest hits. It felt like I had been transported back to the late 90s and the songs brought back many happy memories.
'I enjoyed the special effects during Take That's performances. They certainly know how to put on a good show. I particularly liked the rain effect during The Flood. In addition to the main stage in the middle of the stadium, there were three platforms dotted around the pitch where Gary, Howard and Mark would sometimes appear individually.
My favourite performances of the night were Kidz, Underground Machine and Cry.
For the final encore, Take That performed their hit Never Forget, followed by Rule The World, during which the crowd held their phones aloft to light up the stadium in the twilight. It was certainly an evening I'll remember for a long time, and I hardly stopped smiling throughout the whole show.'
JUNE 15 CONCERT
Clare Harvey, 40, from King's Lynn, and Natalie Jurascheck, 31, from Downham Market: 'With excited anticipation, we awaited Take That's Wonderland show at Norwich's Carrow Road. We weren't disappointed!
A musician playing the opening to Wonderland on a flying carpet started the show with everyone looking around to see if they could catch their first glimpse of the boys. Mark then appearing from the stands and having a dance among the crowd, was a fantastic opener to the show.
The main stage was set in the centre of Carrow Road pitch, allowing a 360 degree show to be put on. Gary, Mark and Howard worked the whole stage, using raising platforms for songs like Giants, to ensure everyone saw as much of Take That as possible.
With a mix of both old and new songs, fans of all ages were able to sing along. The amazing dancers, intricate costumes and special effects, with patterned rain for The Flood, added to make it a truly spectacular feel-good show.
Helen and Emily Vinsen, 50 and 21, from Thorpe St Andrew: 'Norfolk is often the last place that any major or even moderate tour comes to, and when we heard that Take That were coming to Norwich it was a no brainer. We arrived early to soak up the atmosphere, and apart from a minor amount of confusion from the security staff as to where to access the ground on our ticket number, we were in.
Having seen them only the week earlier at The O2 in London with seated tickets, it was a completely different show watching it from a standing position. The experience from the stands was a spectacle at The O2, but standing at Carrow Road, was even better in my opinion.
The energy from the guys on stage was palpable, the costume changes, the backing dancers, the showmanship, and where do I begin on the special effects. From projections onto rain, to fire effects, confetti cannons and integrated film alongside the songs, made this concert not just one for your ears but a feast for every sense. The sensitive 'bungee' type dance routine through to a 'tripping' 70's circus theme, with a carousel of moving objects, props and inflatables that added dimension, interest and energy to this already superb evening.
Gary, Mark and Howard did not take a break throughout the show which is in the round with nowhere to hide. They kept up a high energy show with amazing vocals including dance routines, working on a moving stage, being hoisted high in the air, multiple costume changes, playing instruments and crowd interaction.
We hooked up with some young 15 year olds who were having the time of their lives and spent most of the evening jumping so high that Mark Owen spotted them every time he performed on our side of the stage and gave them a cheeky wave!
When Howard started by singing right next to us, we knew we were going to be engaged and involved with this performance, whether it was the mums, the grandmas or the children, it felt like a festival of fun and enjoyment from beginning to end.
Dealing with the breeze on the stage was sometimes a technical challenge, but the finishing number with live fireworks going off over the end stand, made this show a memorable, emotional and one which has raised the bar in Norwich for the future.
Well done to the security team, and next time let's have more crowd control on leaving, but what a night!
Happy smiling faces all the way home, and a feeling of unity against the recent events, that we had all been part of a very special night.'
Colleen Yates, 40, and Beverley and Alicia Stearn, 42 and 19, from Bury St Edmunds: 'We had an amazing night last night, the show was just outstanding.
Take That never cease to amaze us, always a great show. Definitely still give the fans the wow factor, they're getting better with age. It was so lovely to hear some of the early 90s songs x
We loved the stage and the lads being on the individual stages, meant everyone got a great view x'
Jemma Cook, 33, from Ipswich: 'I attended both The O2, in London, on June 12, and Carrow Road on June 15 to see the Take That Wonderland tour. What a show it was!
'Having been a fan since I was about seven years old, I have been to all the Take That tours around the country over the last 25 years.
'Wonderland didn't disappoint - from the new album songs such as Giants and Superstar, through to old classics such as Relight my Fire, Pray and even the often forgotten about Satisfied, the boys put on a fast paced, entertaining show.
The stage was fantastic (I particularly loved the water feature during The Flood and the beautiful choreography during Hope), the dancers mesmerising and the circular stage ensured that everyone got a good view.
Brilliant night as always, it was my husband Mike's first Take That concert and he was up dancing and singing in his seat all night long! Well done Gary, Mark and Howard!'
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