Re Take That at the Grand Opera House

Photos and Review by Graham Finney

In just over a few weeks, Britain’s biggest boy band, Take That, head out on their 30th anniversary tour but, tonight, Re-Take That treat fans to the next best thing as the Ultimate Take That tribute band perform a near two-hour set of all the band’s greatest and newest hits. Local MC Ryan Swain kicks things off working this crowd of young and old into a near frenzy before the tribute act take to the stage and treat over 300 fans to one hell of a party – Re-Take That style!

Performing as a three piece for the first half of the show, the band kick off the show with “The Greatest Day” before rattling through a hit-laden set pulled together from nearly thirty years of pop brilliance. The show, while confined to the smaller settings of the Grand Opera House, is as big as it could possibly be and, even minus the pyros, the use of video displays and an impressive light show certainly give this a massive arena feel. The trio themselves “in character”, work the crowd up even further by going walkabout early on and, by the time the first half ends, the band have these fans up and out of their seats.

The second half kicks off with the arrival of “Robbie” with a rousing rendition of his hit “Let Me Entertain You” while “Angels” has the room lit up with mobile phones and “Rock DJ”, accompanied by energetic dancers, has the place rocking. The band perform the second half of the show, a medley of the band’s greatest hits, as a four piece before ending with a brilliant rendition of “Never Forget”.

Tribute acts can be hit and miss but, endorsed by members of Take That, you know that Re-Take That are the real deal and, for this crowd of Take That fans and fans of the tribute band, these four lads are definitely a hit!




Philip Goddard

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