Take That’s sell-out Progress Live 2011 Tour at the Millennium Stadium will feature special guests Pet Shop Boys for the shows on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th June in Cardiff.

With only weeks to go until Take That tour together as a five-piece for the first time since 1995, the band announced that the successful pop duo will be their very special guests for the spectacular live shows that celebrate their biggest hits from the last two decades.

Robbie commented: “I’m a huge Pet Shop Boys fan so for me it will be an absolute joy to be able to watch them every night.”

Jason added, “I’m flattered and very happy they’ve agreed to do it. They’re so talented; I thought they’d be above it and us.”

“Pet Shop Boys was the first CD I ever bought” said Gary. “I've followed their whole career and always loved their unique approach to records and live performance. That combined with two lovely people means we’re in for a great tour.”

Pet Shop Boys are the most successful duo in UK music history, having sold 50 million records. With classic hits such as ‘West End girls’, ‘It’s a sin’, “Go West” and, more recently, ‘Love etc.’, they have crafted a unique and hugely influential sound which has seen them achieve seven platinum, two gold and four silver albums in the UK alone. In 2009 they won the “Outstanding Contribution To Music” award at the Brit Awards. Their ballet, The Most Incredible Thing, recently completed a sold-out, two-week season at Sadler’s Wells in London.

Pet Shop Boys said: “We are delighted to accept Take That’s invitation to be part of their Progress show and tour which is undoubtedly going to be one of the most exciting events of 2011. We look forward to every night being a huge celebration of pop music.”

The Millennium Stadium scooped a double date with Take That following exceptional demand for tickets and record hospitality sales at the iconic venue.

General Manager Gerry Toms commented: “There is already a huge buzz around the Take That concerts in Cardiff and I’m sure all pop music fans with tickets to the shows will be thrilled that Pet Shop Boys have been added to the bill.”

“This promises to be a spectacular show, Take That and Robbie Williams have each raised the roof at the Millennium Stadium in the past but this show sees them return for the biggest ever reunion tour charting two decades of pop.

“The demand for tickets has been awesome and we’re all looking forward to the two hugely-anticipated dates in June.”

Pet Shop Boys 40-minute set will include highlights of their recent Pandemonium tour which was designed by Es Devlin who is part of the creative team working on the Progress Live 2011 tour.

Progress Live 2011 presented by Samsung kicks off at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on May 27th, then heads to The City of Manchester Stadium, Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, Dublin Croke Park, Glasgow Hampden Park, Birmingham Villa Park and finishes in the UK with a record breaking eight shows at London’s Wembley Stadium. Pet Shop Boys will also join Take That for the subsequent European leg of the tour.

Take That’s Progress Live 2011 tour became the biggest tour in UK and Irish history when a record breaking 1.34 million tickets were snapped up in less than 24 hours of going on sale. The band smashed their previous box office record set in 2008 with The Circus Live Tour more than doubling their own record for sales in a single day. 850,000 tickets went on sale at 9am on October 29, 2010 and throughout the day the band added a further 11 dates to the tour to cope with demand.

Between them, Take That and Robbie Williams have sold over 80 million albums, had 14 number one albums, 18 number one singles, played to over 14.5 million people live, won 20 BRIT Awards, eight MTV awards and five Ivor Novello awards; and the list goes on.