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Take That! British pop icons Hunter bound


One of the biggest bands of the 1990s, Take That, will return to the Hunter Valley in 2024 for the first time in seven years.

The trio – Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald – are scheduled to appear at A Day on the Green at Bimbadgen Estate on Saturday 9 November.

Joining the hit-makers of classics such as Pray, Could It Be Magic, How Deep Is Your Love and Back For Good will be fellow pop icon Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Aussie songstress Rickie-Lee.

Formed as a five-piece in 1989, Take That enjoyed immediate success with their first two albums charting at No. 2 and No. 1 respectively.

The third offering, Nobody Else, confirmed their global domination, selling more than six million copies and topping the charts in 11 countries.

The departure of Robbie Williams prompted a break-up in 1996 and almost a decade in the wilderness before the remaining four members reunited for 2005’s The Ultimate Tour.

This sparked one of the greatest comebacks in British music history with Take That going on to release three No. 1 albums in just four years.

Williams’ return for 2011’s Progress saw them break UK records for the fastest-selling album of the 21st century.

However, his second exodus, along with that of Jason Orange, left the remaining three to release III and 2017’s Wonderland, which were certified Platinum and Gold respectively.

The band celebrated its 30th anniversary with Odyssey in 2018, a greatest hits record of beautifully re-imagined versions of some of the biggest tracks from their three-decade-spanning career.

Take That’s Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Gary Barlow.

“We are so looking forward to coming back to Australia and New Zealand later this year,” Take That said in a statement.

“Our first ‘live’ shows over there since 2017.

“And, we are honoured that Sophie Ellis-Bextor will be joining us.

“It’s going to be great to see everyone again and perform the songs from our new album This Life, as well as all the favourites, and a few surprises.

“We can’t wait.”

This Life is a vibrant body of work that marks the band’s first offering since Wonderland.

Showcasing their exceptional musicality, the album – recorded mainly in Nashville and New York – sees Barlow, Owen and Donald focus on vocals, with beautiful melodies, soaring choruses and sophisticated harmonies blending the trio’s voices seamlessly together.

Lead single Windows signals a new era for one of Britain’s best-selling bands, an era brimming with energy, creativity and a continued desire to challenge and surprise.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Photo: Laura Lewis.

Following the renaissance of her early-2000’s hit Murder On The Dancefloor, pop legend Ellis-Bextor is enjoying success all over again.

Rising to prominence with her feature on DJ Spiller’s 2000 track Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love), she quickly became a household name following the release of her double platinum debut album Read My Lips featuring singles Take Me Home and Get Over You.

Now in 2024, Murder On The Dancefloor is in the spotlight once more, racing up the charts following its inclusion in the epic final scene of Emerald Fennell’s recently released and much talked about film Saltburn.

The track was last month covered by Australia’s own Royel Otis for triple j’s Like A Version and will be released on limited edition 7” red vinyl for the first time on 16 February.


Multi-talented artist Ricki-Lee is one of Australia’s greatest vocalists with multi-platinum and gold-selling singles including Hell No, Sunshine, Can’t Touch It, Raining Diamonds and Do It Like That.

March 2024 will see the release of her fifth studio album, On My Own, featuring the latest single Ghost.

One of the hardest working artists in the entertainment industry, not only does Ricki-Lee release music through her own record label, she hosts two of the biggest prime time TV shows in Australia (Australian Idol and Australia’s Got Talent) and co-hosts the Number One rating national Drive show Ricki-Lee, Tim & Joel on the Nova Network.

Tickets go on sale from Tuesday 13 February from Ticketmaster.

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