The final UK and Ireland show of Take That’s Greatest Hits Live Tour was broadcast live to cinemas from Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday 8th June, grossing more than £1.8 million (£1,811,448 as verified by comScore) at the UK and Irish box office, with further cinemas to report. This figure includes encores screened on Sunday 9th June.
Take That: Greatest Hits Live has broken the current record to become the highest grossing live music cinema broadcast in the UK and Ireland.
The band’s entire spectacular live show, plus exclusive cinema content, was shown in 630 cinemas across the UK and Ireland to over 100,000 fans over the weekend. The event was also broadcast live in 25 countries across Europe and will screen in a total of 31 countries and over 1,300 screens worldwide in 2019.
The cinema event was part of Take That’s epic 30th anniversary celebrations which saw the band play 38 dates to sell-out audiences around the UK. The live broadcast gave UK and Ireland fans a final opportunity to see the show before the band head to Europe for an additional 14 dates throughout June. Recorded encore screenings of the concert have been scheduled in over 300 cinemas nationwide.
Take That are renowned for their spectacular live shows, having created some of the most unforgettable stage shows in British music history and the Greatest Hits Live Tour has not disappointed. The incredible two-hour show has wowed fans nationwide, as Gary, Mark and Howard performed timeless hits from their Odyssey album which celebrates the band’s phenomenal journey through the years. Along with special guest Lulu and support act Rick Astley, Take That’s Greatest Hits Live tour garnered much acclaim, being described as a “crowd-pleasing skip down memory lane…” by The Guardian and “a perfect retrospective of one of the most captivating stories in pop” by Metro.
The live broadcast was directed by Richard Valentine and executive produced by Mark Wagman and Steve Kemsley from the UK’s leading live content agency Sassy Films, Chris Dempsey from YM&U Group and Janelle Mason, director of event cinema distribution specialists CinemaLive. The Greatest Hits Live cinema event has built on the success of the Wonderland live broadcast from the O2 in 2017, which in total grossed just over £1 million at the UK & Irish box office.
Take That said of the event: “It meant so much that we could bring all our fans together for the last night of our UK tour - it was a really special moment knowing we had cinema audiences all around the UK and Ireland watching us from Cardiff - one we will never forget!”
Janelle Mason, Director of CinemaLive said: “It was such a thrill for CinemaLive to bring Take That’s final UK concert live to adoring fans around the world. The band’s magnificent stadium show had fans dancing, singing and partying in cinemas across the UK and Europe and is absolute proof that artists can extend their audience with a theatrical release. It really is the next best thing to being there.”
Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen are Take That in 2019 and continue the legacy of one of the most successful bands in British chart history. Formed as a five piece in 1989, they enjoyed immediate success with their first two albums charting at No.2 & No.1 respectively. Third album ‘Nobody Else’ confirmed their global domination, selling over six million copies and topping the charts in 11 countries. The 2018 release of their highly anticipated greatest hits album, ‘Odyssey’, gave the band their eighth No.1 album and was also the fastest selling album of 2018, selling over 100,000 copies in just one week, a testament to the breadth and longevity of their career and their ability to create timeless and relevant pop music.