Get it at Utilita Arena Birmingham review – ‘This Life Is Truly Theirs’

Take That are well and truly back in Birmingham. And they took us on a journey through the 1990s to the present day. Their latest tour might be called This Life – but This Life is really theirs. And they rocked him.

When Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald took to the Utilita Arena stage in Birmingham on Tuesday night, it felt like coming home. It had been five years since they last toured Brum, but as soon as they launched into their opening numbers of Keep Your Head Up and Windows, it felt like no time had passed at all.

If there’s one thing Take That do well, it’s a live show. Gone anyway are the circus elephants and giant robots towering over stadiums. This Life On Tour felt stripped down and much more intimate. However, it’s still a Take That show – there was still a show – including wind, fire, rain and even snow, as well as revolving stages and staircases.

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But for the boys it felt much more relaxed and it was just as wonderful to see each of their vocal abilities shine. Some of their early hits followed, including Everything Changes, this time sung by Howard and Sure. Mark took the reigns for their huge hit Shine which is always a crowd pleaser.

The nostalgic TV theme soon kicked in as the band treated us to a This Life-esque show – all about them! From the humble beginnings of a young Gary writing A Million Love Songs on his keyboard, to their first number one hit in Pray. We quickly bypassed their painful break-up in 1996, a look at the solo careers of the three remaining members, until their return to the stage in 2006 with Patience.

There were also sentimental nods to former members Robbie Williams and Jason Orange. Next, focusing on their latest album, the boys ran through March of the Hopeful and Champion, before settling down on a yellow sofa with their band and crew for an awesome version of This Life.

Take That perform at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham on Tuesday 14 May 2024 as part of their This Life On Tour.(Image: Nick Wilkinson/Birmingham Live)

As Gary wrote the opening lines of Greatest Day, a huge walkway began to descend from the ceiling as the trio made their way to the ‘B stage’ a regular feature on a TT tour, so that they can “bring the fans closer”. The rotating stage added a whole new element to the fan favorite These Days.

Relight My Fire saw real fire erupt from the stage and really turned up the heat, before Take That encore the show with Hold Up A Light, Back For Good and Never Forget wearing dazzling white suits and crowns. I’ve seen Take That live many times now, but seeing thousands of people doing the Never Forget hand motions will never get old. It’s really something.

As Gary encouraged everyone in the audience to turn on their mobile phone lights, it was time to wrap up with Rule the World – and he really felt like he’d ruled the world that night. They deserved those crowns – and what a show!

Olly Murs had earlier been the perfect support act for the show. He had the audience singing and dancing along to hits like Dance With Me Tonight, Troublemaker and more. And what was even more special, was that he shares his 40th birthday with us!

Take That will perform at the Utilita Arena on Wednesday, May 15 and Friday, May 17 until Monday, May 20. There are limited tickets available for the shows on The Ticket Factory, Ticketmaster and Gigs and Tours.

These tickets were given away as part of the review – but all opinions are from the writer.