Sunday 4 December 2016

Five star treatment for Take That ahead of Dublin concerts

Published 08/05/2015 | 13:46

Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Gary Barlow
Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Gary Barlow

Remaining Take That band members Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Gary Barlow have checked into Dublin’s InterContinental as they prepare to play a brace of shows this weekend.

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According to sources, Owen, Donald and Barlow have booked into the plush InterContinental Hotel (formerly The Four Seasons) on Simmonscourt Road in Dublin 4.

Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Gary Barlow of Take That switch on the Regent Street Christmas lights
Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Gary Barlow of Take That switch on the Regent Street Christmas lights

When the band jetted into Ireland ahead of their June 2011 gigs in Croke Park, they booked out a whole floor of the same hotel. 

At the time, the chart toppers were said to have run up a bill of €100,000 as they booked out 40 rooms in the exclusive hotel to ensure total privacy for their entire entourage.

However, this time around the pop trio only felt the need to secure a handful of luxury suites at the South Dublin hotel.

Take That will perform their new material, as well as their greatest hits, for packed audiences at The 3Arena over the next two nights.

Take That's Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Howard Donald and Gary Barlow are working on a song for upcoming film Kingsman: The Secret Service
Take That's Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Howard Donald and Gary Barlow are working on a song for upcoming film Kingsman: The Secret Service

While Jason Orange revealed his decision to leave the band last September, Barlow has hinted that Orange will still be coming on tour with the tight-knit boyband.

Gary (44) recently told MailOnline that the band is only getting used to Jason’s departure some seven months later.

“He wants to come to the shows, he'll definitely be there. I don't think we'll be able to get him up on stage but he'll be there,” Gary promised.

“We're just so excited to hit the road. People come to a Take That show expecting an extravaganza and that's exactly what they're going to get,” he added.

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Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Robbie Williams of Take That perform onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)...E
The BRIT Awards 2011 - Show Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Robbie Williams of Take That perform onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)...E

Frontman Gary Barlow previously performed at The O2 last March to promote his first solo studio album.

When Robbie Williams rejoined Take That in 2010 ahead of their Irish concerts, the band stayed at boutique hotel The Dylan in Dublin 4.

However, it turned out Robbie was not ‘Back For Good’. The singer dropped out of the band for a second time in April 2014, announcing that it was time to put his fatherly duties ahead of his music career.

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