Take That today confirmed that they are to return to the Millennium Stadium on June 16 as part of their Circus – Live tour.

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The announcement comes just a week after Oasis announced they will also play the Millennium Stadium in June, and boosts the Millennium Stadium’s 10th anniversary events list.

Take That Present The Circus Live – Summer 2009, will see Gary, Howard, Mark and Jason embark on their biggest tour to date with a monumental eight stadium dates across the UK. The Circus – Live, promises to be the band’s most visually dramatic, diverse and exhilarating tour yet.

WRU Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis said, “Take That were hugely popular last time they performed at the Millennium Stadium in 2006 and we fully expect another fantastic night’s entertainment when the band returns in June.

“This announcement endorses our belief that the Millennium Stadium should be a must-play venue because of its unique city centre location, retractable roof and magnificent spectator experience.”

Wales’ versatile and iconic Millennium Stadium is the second date on Take That’s summer 2009 tour, with Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, Glasgow’s Hampden Park, Old Trafford and Wembley the other concert venues.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 31 October at 9am.

A spokesman for the band said, “All of us are really looking forward to getting back on the road again next summer. We can think of no better way to thank everyone for their support and loyalty over the past three years. This will be the biggest tour we’ve ever done so we’ll be working especially hard over the next few months to make it the best and most exciting Take That tour yet.”

When Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen tentatively met up back in 2005 to discuss the possibility of making a TV documentary to mark 10 years since their split, none of them could have imagined the incredible journey they were about to embark upon.

The documentary was a ratings winner, attracting over seven million viewers, and as a direct result, on 25 November 2005, the band appeared at an official press conference to announce a British tour – their first in 10 years. The Ultimate Tour sold out in record time and saw the band play to over half a million euphoric fans around the nation winning critical and public acclaim.

And that was just the beginning. Take That’s last album Beautiful World sold more than two and half million copies in the UK, making it their most successful record to date. The subsequent 2007 Beautiful World Tour smashed all box office records, selling over 370,000 tickets in less than two hours. Since reclaiming their place as Britain’s best-loved band, Take That have played live to over a million people across the UK and Europe and the live DVDs they released in the wake of both tours were the biggest selling music titles of 2006 (The Ultimate Tour) and 2007 (Beautiful World Live). They have also won a string of prestigious awards including an Ivor Novello for single Shine with Mark Owen on lead vocals, and three Brit Awards: Best Single (2007) for Patience, Best Single (2008) for Shine and Best Live Act (2008).

Full Tour Dates and Box Office Details:
Sat 06 June 09 Sunderland Stadium of Light 0871 2200 260 / 0191 263 5000
Tue 16 June 09 Cardiff Millennium Stadium 029 2064 4996 / 0871 424 4444
Sat 20 June 09 Glasgow Hampden Park 0844 4999 990
Fri 26 June 09 Manchester Old Trafford Cricket Ground 0871 2200 260 / 0161 832 1111
Sat 27 June 09 Manchester Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Sun 28 June 09 Manchester Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Fri 3 July 09 Wembley Stadium 0207 403 3331 / 0870 534 4444 / 020 7434 2222 / 020 7734 8932
Sat 4 July 09 Wembley Stadium

Buy online: www.gigsandtours.com / www.ticketmaster.co.uk / www.ticketline.co.uk

Tour credit card hotlines: 0871 2200 260 / 0844 277 9000 / 0871 424 4444

Tickets Priced at: £45 & £55

Tickets onsale Friday 31st October @ 9am

Take That release their brand new album – The Circus –  the long awaited follow-up to the nine times platinum Beautiful World, on 1 December through Polydor Records. The first single from the album, Greatest Day, is out on 24 November.

The amazing new Take That album ‘The Circus’ is released on December 1st, but you can pre order your copy now by clicking here for the deluxe version and here for standard CD.

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