Take That Presents: The Circus Live

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Take That Present: The Circus Live
Tour by Take That
Associated albumThe Circus
Start date5 June 2009
End date5 July 2009
No. of shows20 (total)
Supporting act(s)Gary Go
James Morrison
The Saturdays
The Script
Lady Gaga
Box officeUS $67.8 million ($80.8 in 2019 dollars)[1]
Take That concert chronology

Take That Present: The Circus Live was the seventh concert tour by British pop group, Take That. The tour promoted their fifth studio album, The Circus. The tour began on 5 June 2009 at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland and finished on 5 July 2009 at Wembley Stadium in London. The Circus Live was their biggest tour to date.[2] and was seen by 1,014,000 people,[3] making a profit of £40,560,000. The tour became the fastest selling in UK history, with the 600,000 for all original eight dates selling out in five hours.[4]

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

  1. "The Adventures of a Lonely Balloon"
  2. "Greatest Day"
  3. "Hello"
  4. "Could It Be Magic"
  5. "Pray"
  6. "A Million Love Songs"
  7. "Back for Good"
  8. "The Garden"
  9. "Shine"
  10. "Up All Night"
  11. "Wooden Boat"
  12. "How Did It Come to This?"
  13. "The Circus - Includes"Love Ain't Here Anymore"/"Babe"/"Nobody Else"/"The Circus"
  14. "What Is Love"
  15. Clown Medley – Includes "Do What U Like"/"Promises"/"It Only Takes a Minute"/"Take That & Party"
  16. "Said It All"
  17. "Never Forget"
  18. "Patience"
  19. "Relight My Fire" {accompanied by Loleatta Holloway}


  1. "Hold Up a Light"
  2. "Rule the World"

The series of "Up All Night", "Wooden Boat" and "How Did It Come to This?" was performed by Take That as a rock band with Gary on keyboards, Howard on drums, Mark on a bass guitar and Jason on an acoustic and electric guitar. Gary also played piano in "Shine" and the Piano Medley where he sang part of "Babe", usually Mark´s solo number. Jason sang lead in "Wooden Boat" and "How Did It Come to This?", it was the only Take That's show where he had two solo songs. Howard sang lead in "What Is Love?" and "Never Forget", Mark´s lead was in "Hello", "Shine", "Up All Night" and "Hold Up a Light". In "The Garden" and "Never Forget" each band member had a solo line.

"The Garden" was sung by Take That on the back of a huge mechanical elephant carrying them from the B-stage to the main stage. While singing "What Is Love?" Take That members made themselves up as clowns on stage for the following Clowns Medley which was a parody of their old boyband dance routines. During "It Only Takes a Minute" Howard, Jason and Mark rode unicycles (Jason said in the tour documentary it was Howard's idea) while Gary rode a child's bike with stabilisers, making fun of his reputation as the clumsy member of the band. In "Relight My Fire" Take That played animal trainers with female dancers playing wild beasts.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
5 June 2009 Sunderland England Stadium of Light
6 June 2009
8 June 2009 Coventry Ricoh Arena
9 June 2009
10 June 2009
13 June 2009 Dublin Ireland Croke Park
16 June 2009 Cardiff Wales Millennium Stadium
17 June 2009
19 June 2009 Glasgow Scotland Hampden Park
20 June 2009
21 June 2009
23 June 2009 Manchester England Old Trafford Cricket Ground
24 June 2009
26 June 2009
27 June 2009
28 June 2009
1 July 2009 London Wembley Stadium
3 July 2009
4 July 2009
5 July 2009


  • Musical director, keyboards, guitar, saxophone: Mike Stevens
  • Guitars: Ben Mark, Milton McDonald
  • Bass guitar: Lee Pomeroy
  • Drums: Donavan Hepburn
  • Keyboards: Jamie Norton

DVD release[edit]

The Wembley Stadium concerts of 3 and 4 July 2009 were filmed and released as a two-disc DVD and Blu-ray set, released on 23 November 2009. A live album, containing several live recordings, and a bonus disc of Take That at Abbey Road, was released a week later. Highlights were broadcast on ITV1 on 19 December 2009. The DVD became the fastest selling DVD of all time in the UK, selling 82,414 copies in 24 hours,[5] and 181,979 in its first week. It sold over 600,000 copies in September 2011 and has been certified 11× Platinum, becoming one of the best selling music DVDs ever in the UK.[6]


DVDs chart (2009) Peak
Irish Top 10 Music DVDs[7] 1
UK Music Videos (OCC)[8] 1


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] 11× Platinum 550,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  3. ^ "Radio 1 tour page". Radio 1 Tour Page. Retrieved 28 October 2008.
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  8. ^ "Official Music Video Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "British video certifications – Take That – The Circus – Live". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 September 2013. Select videos in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type The Circus – Live in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.