I’m a big Take That and Gary Barlow fan. I’m talking queuing outside arenas to get to the front for concerts kind of fan. I’m also known to go to the same tour multiple times. I’ve calmed things down in recent years because of the family, I did however want to see Gary at least once on his Theatre Tour.
As I live in Wirral, I usually see Gary Barlow and/or Take That in Liverpool Echo Arena or Manchester Arena. Although I have enjoyed seeing Gary in both Liverpool Philharmonic and Bridgewater Hall for a more intimate concert (Gary Barlow in Concert 2012)
When The Theatre Tour was announced in October 2017, I looked at the venues, and decided on Llandudno rather than Manchester, hoping for a different experience. I love Llandudno, and it is the same travel time from home as Manchester is. I’d never been to Venue Cymru either.
21st May 2018, Venue Cymru, Llandudno
I seem to remember tickets selling out very fast for this tour, possibly two hours, the capacity of Venue Cymru is 1500.
We paid £65.00 for our tickets, our seats were row Q, the last row in the upper tier. But, we were in the very same (small) room as Gary Barlow, and so close, even if we were the furthest away!
Although we didn’t get VIP tickets, they were available at £165, which included signed tour programme, tote bag, key ring and pin badge. It also guaranteed seats on the front rows.
As always there was the merchandise stand, selling t-shirts with tour dates in black and grey, hoodies, GB logo baseball caps, a black t-shirt with a 90s Gary image and a grey t-shirt with Open Road album image. They were also selling key rings and mugs.
Support Artist – KT Tunstall
Wearing a sparkly little number and with her Scottish accent KT Tunstall warmed the crowd up with a few of her classics including “Suddenly I See” and “The Other Side of The World”
Following KT Tunstall and a quite short interval, Gary’s band were introduced by Mike Stevens – Musical Director
Gary had his usual band with him:
Milton McDonald – Guitarist
Donovan Hepburn – Drums
Mike Stevens – Musical Director
Gary appeared in a very smart black suit with red stripe, which he wore for most of the concert, changing later into a more casual red bomber jacket, black trousers and trainers.
He gave a very warm welcome to his audience, and hats off to him for pronouncing Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch without a stumble!
Since I Saw You Last
Do What You Like
Living Those Years Again
A Million Love Songs
Something About This Night – Finding Neverland
Dare – Calander Girls
Another Crack In My Heart
Love Ain’t Here Anymore
Could It Be Magic
Said It All
Love Won’t Wait
Back For Good
Let Me Go
Relight My Fire
Rule The World
A great setlist with a real mixture of old and new, up beat and ballads.
Gary, as in previous venues, dedicated A Million Love Songs to an audience member. The chosen fan is invited to the stage and can video, take pictures, selfies and enjoy the concert as though it is just the two of them in the room. On this particular night it was lucky Cristina, who had travelled from Melbourne to see Gary, good for her! I hope she enjoyed her moment with Gary.
It was also good to hear a couple of Gary’s musical songs – Something About This Night from Neverland, and Dare from Calendar Girls.
All in all a great night, we had a lovely time, it’s just a shame I can’t go to another date on this particular tour. I’ll just have to wait until the DVD is out!