Loving all things Take That related, our Maisie had to see Robbie in his Swing Both Ways Tour stopping at The O2 Arena in London. Find out if the mega super-star lived up to his reputation in Maisie’s latest event review.
It would appear that I’m slowly making my way around the concerts of the Take That members! After seeing Gary Barlow at The O2 in April, this time it was the turn of the main man himself, Robbie Williams, to take to the stage!
After a quick 2 hour train journey down to the Big Smoke, mum and I made our way to our hotel to quickly drop off our bags and freshen up before hopping back on the tube to get to the O2. Despite the fact that it was Friday night rush hour in Central London, the 30 minute journey was stress free and we were quickly enjoying the buzzing atmosphere within the arena.
The show kicked off at around 8pm, and with a vast band and backing singers with him to help create a fantastic atmosphere, Robbie obviously didn’t feel the need for a support act to get the crowd in the mood! As the name suggests, the Swings Both Ways tour was not the usual Robbie and instead was more of a jazz show which give a twist on his usual material. I must say, I was actually rather impressed by the show and it really showed Robbie’s versatility as an artist.
After a few rather laid back songs to get people in the mood and swaying around, the theatre-style curtains were drawn around the semi-circular stage. Robbie then preceded to really grab everyone’s attention when he re-appeared suspended from the roof dressed in a fat suit singing one of his new tracks “No One Likes a Fat Pop Star“; a humorous song in which Robbie basically makes fun out of himself and which begins with “I come from a land of kebabs and curries”! More theatrical stunts were to follow in the second half too, with the start of it being signalled by the sounding of a ships horn. After a medley of more swing songs which were covers of tunes by other artists, the crowd were all on their feet for the “New York, New York” cover. This was then followed by some more familiar ‘traditional-style’ Robbie music, including “Let Me Entertain You”, “Rock DJ”, and “Candy”, which led nicely into the trio of grand finale songs “My Way”, “Angels”, and “Sensational”.
My favourite moment of the whole show though was when Robbie introduced a special guest onto the stage for a duet, in the form of Olly Murs! In true Robbie style, this was no ordinary duet though. They sang a version of Jungle Book’s “I Wan’na Be Like You” and danced around the stage dressed as monkeys!
The whole show from start to finish was very entertaining with a combination of theatre, comedy and music, and the two and a half hours seemed to fly by!
While in London, mum and I decided to stay at the Hotel Xenia in South Kensington. We had an excellent and comfortable stay here, with all the staff being so friendly and helpful. In the morning we tucked into a sumptuous continental buffet breakfast with hot options available to order, and I must say this was one of the best hotel breakfasts I have ever had. I could not recommend this hotel highly enough and I will certainly be looking to stay here again on future visits to the capital.
If like Maisie you can’t get enough of Take That and Robbie, our themed party cruise to Amsterdam this winter is the perfect treat! Featuring tributes to Take That, Robbie, Westlife and Michael Buble, this 3 day trip to Amsterdam is not to be missed.
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