Live: Take That / Olly Murs

Carrow Road, Norwich May 28, 2024

Take That were back in Norwich for a much-anticipated gig at Carrow Road, with fans starting to queue in the pouring rain outside the stadium up to 36 hours before the gates opened.

But spirits weren’t dampened once they got inside, and early birds were rewarded for having a little patience, with prime spots right near the stage. Photographer PAUL HAMPSON was there to capture it all.

Hearts skipped a beat when Olly Murs kicked off the evening with a slick and energetic set, which included all his hits.

The new dad asked the crowd to dance with him tonight, and they were only too pleased to do so.

The 2009 X-Factor runner-up paid tribute to Caroline Flack, dedicating a poignant rendition of Dear Darlin to the Norfolk girl, before the Troublemaker made way for the main act as Take That took to the stage.

It was the moment everyone had been waiting for since Howard, Gary and Mark were last at Carrow Road in 2019.

A lot has happened since then, but the trio quickly proved that three is the (Could It Be) Magic number, belting out their hits alongside songs from This Life, released last November.

The new tracks were already firm favourites of the crowd, who were keen to share their love with the band.

But inevitably it was the classics from earlier in their career that got the warmest reception.

And with Morrisons just over the road, there can’t have been a better setting to play Shine.

The show came about halfway through the band’s This Life tour, which finishes in Bristol next month.

But they were reminded that if they have any gaps in their diaries, they’ll be able to fill them locally.

The boys may have been a little bit older and the dance routines a little less energetic than in their early days.

But with a 60s-style backdrop, fountains and fireworks shooting into the sky to end the night, it was a truly spectacular show.

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2 Responses

  1. Some great photos here. It was amazing! Been every time they come to Norwich and travelled to see them when they haven’t. Never get tired of seeing them. Each tour is unique. The old songs got the biggest cheers but I loved the new songs too.

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