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Take That Bring Their 2017 Wonderland Tour to Glasgow!

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Just over a week into their 2017 UK tour Take That brought their highly anticipated Wonderland tour to The SSE Hydro in Glasgow for 3 sold out shows. Somehow, I was fortunate enough to get hold of tickets for the Saturday night show considering just how crazy the disabled access ticket lines were, we spent over 2 hours glued to the phone constantly redialing the number. Thank goodness a third show was added or I might not have been so lucky!

Kicking off the show was the newly reunited girl band All Saints who are accompanying Take That as special guests throughout the 2017 UK tour. The group performed an energetic set filled of with all their hits including ‘Never Ever’, ‘Bootie Call’, ‘Lady Marmalade’ as well as one of their most recent numbers ‘One Strike’.

Take That are known for their spectacular and theatrical concerts and somehow manage to out do themselves in each tour so one couldn’t help but wonder what the ‘Wonderland’ tour would have in store. When you think of ‘Wonderland’ you think of colour, eccentricity and theatrics so how would Take That embrace the theme?

Unlike most tours the stage was situated in the centre of the arena giving it a more intimate feeling where everyone was at the centre of the action. Opening the show with a mysterious and mystical middle eastern vibe they told a story using spectacular video and animation combined with theatrics building on the audiences anticipation. As the title track of their latest album ‘Wonderland’ filled the arena three illuminated spotlights revealed each member of Take That on mini stages situated around the arena. Wonderland’s upbeat and funk groove proved a fitting first number which seriously had the audience grooving from the word go!

Following on from this was arguably one of Take That’s most popular hit ‘Greatest Day’ which saw the arena blasted with golden confetti. ‘Giants’ the first single from the new album again proved a real crowd pleaser showing just as much love for the new music as well as the older releases. However, ‘Kidz’ from the bands 2010 album release ‘Progress‘ took a more dark and gothic approach filled with theatrics, dance, drums and spectacular costumes featuring dancers on stilts and Mark Owen’s incredible steam punk inspired top hat.

Continuing with ‘Relight My Fire’ another upbeat and infectious number that had everyone in the room up on their feet dancing and singing along. ‘Hope’ on the other hand saw the use of aerial techniques through a stunning display of contemporary dance. Truly a breathtaking display of emotion using body and movement.

Taking a journey down memory lane the band revisited a number of songs from the earlier days some of which making their live debuts having never been performed on tour until the Wonderland tour. The medley consisted of songs such as ‘Beautiful World’, ‘Satisfied’ and ‘Lovelife’ as well as the ever so popular cover of the Bee Gees classic ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ which went down a real treat with the Glasgow audience.

‘New Day’ one of my personal favourites from the new album saw the band venture beneath the stage wandering through a mystical jungle featuring afternoon tea and a white rabbit as they embraced the mysterious world of Wonderland! Remerging from the storybook maze beneath the stage, the room was transformed into an enchanted world of colour and costume. It was like the pages of a children’s fairytale had come to life before our very eyes!

Of course the hits such as ‘Shine‘, ‘Back For Good‘ and ‘Pray‘ could not go as miss as well as an impromptu performance of the Scottish anthem ‘Flower Of Scotland‘ courtesy of the enthusiastic Glasgow crowd enjoying a fun-filled Saturday evening. Only in Scotland! And there’s no forgetting the incredibly theatrical production during ‘It’s All For You‘ which saw a spectacular array fairytale-esque props carrying the band and dancers into the air.

Ending the show with arguably two of the band’s greatest hits ‘Never Forget‘ and ‘Rule The World‘ which again are real crowd pleasers. The arena becomes alive as the crowd passionately sang along in unison to ‘Never Forget‘ before the room lit up like a thousand twinkling stars in the night sky as the audience waved their phones high in the sky above them. A breathtaking ending to a magical show!

What can I say? Take That never fail to impress with sensational performances and incredible production! One genuinely can’t help but feel like they’ve been to Wonderland and back when leaving the arena-worth every penny! If you’ve missed out on tickets for the phenomenal sold-out UK tour be sure to catch Take That’s live screening of the Wonderland tour at the O2 arena in London next Friday evening in cinemas up around the country! Or if you’re in Australia and New Zealand catch them down under live on tour later this year (more details below). It’s a show you certainly don’t want to miss!

For more details regarding tour dates & cinema screenings click on of the following links:

TAKE THAT CINEMA SCREENING

TAKE THAT TOUR

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GOT7 Return With The Release Of ‘Never Ever’

K-pop group Got7 return to the music scene with their latest comeback; ‘Flightlog: Arrival’, a brand new mini album in the much-anticipated Flightlog series. Alongside Monday’s album release, came the group’s latest music video which accompanies a track titled ‘Never Ever’.

If you’ve been following the ‘Flightlog’ series since the release of the first mini album early last year, you’ll be aware of the series’ unique and developing storyline. The accompanying music videos serves as a visual insight into the story and has evidently caught fans of the groups’ attention as they attempt to piece the story together and search for conclusion. As a UK listener the concept of the trilogy is extremely diverse in comparison to anything I’ve seen over here; the storyline is gripping and leaves you searching for clues amongst the tiniest of details. It’s like combining a good book with music and in my opinion; you can’t get any better than that!

Without giving away too much about the trilogy’s concept as I urge you to go back in time and watch the videos; ‘Never Ever’ has a slightly different outlook to the previous videos. ‘Departure’ was notably lighter in both sound and image whereas ‘Turbulence’ much like its title was remarkably darker and more dramatic. From first glance ‘Arrival’ has seemingly familiar elements to its predecessor ‘Turbulence’ yet perhaps not quite as heavy?

The video is an exciting visual illustration of the albums opening track ‘Never Ever’ written by JYP Entertainment’s and Got7’s founder Park Jin-young. Looking at the song itself, it’s a catchy number with a unique sound that perfectly fits Got7’s image and style.

Serving as the final chapter, the video provides closure as it resolves unanswered questions from the previous instalments. Although not overpowering, the video’s setting  is effective and undeniably striking featuring a number of scenes situated in museum, underwater, hospital and industrial like locations.

As dancers ‘Never Ever’ allows each members Got7 to really shine. Despite having no professional knowledge on the subject, I have however been immersed into the world of dance as an onlooker at various events throughout my life and can certainly spot a good dancer when I see one. In my opinion one of Got7’s strongest points is without a doubt their dancing abilities which is apparent throughout the MV. The perfection in each move is impeccable as is the synchronisation of the group as they effortlessly bring the routine to life.

Never Ever proves to be a popular comeback with fans and feedback is positive across social media as listeners enjoy Got7’s latest release. Here in the UK the album is ranking in the iTunes charts and meanwhile Got7 were seen to be trending on the site. As a radio presenter I plan on airing the new track on my show later this week and look forward to hearing listeners feedback on the song!

What’s your thoughts on Got7s latest comeback and the brand new music video? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to show you support by checking out the new video and purchasing the new album!

BTS Breaks Personal Record With ‘Not Today’


Just over a week ago Kpop band BTS made their big return to the music scene with Spring Day the first music video release from their new album ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. A success within hours of release Spring Day proved to be popular with fans of the group. I for one love the track and have played it on my radio show in hope of introducing it to a few new listeners. Days later, Big Hit have released yet another music video by the group to accompany a brand new track titled Not Today.

Not Today is remarkably different in style to Spring Day, something that others have noted across social media. It’s notably upbeat and heavier in comparison to Spring Day which much like its name is more gentle and serene. If you’re a fan of BTS tracks such as Dope, War of Hormones and Fire to name just a few; then I can guarantee you’ll love Not Today!

Focusing on the accompanying music video for Not Today which I believe has already broken Spring Days’ record by becoming the fastest rising K-Pop video in history. Within just 12 hours the video had been viewed an incredible 6 million times and by the 24 hour mark had gained over 10 million views on YouTube! What an achievement for the group! It proves that there’s growing interest in the K-Pop genre and the fact that it’s beginning to gain widespread success.

Completely different from last weeks music video release; Not Today has a much edgier and modern vibe. It’s features an impressive dance sequence showcasing the Bangtan Boys impeccable talents. Pay close attention to the dance routines as you watch; everything from the timings, the way the group moves in unison to the standard and creative flare within each move is worthy of praise.

Not Todays’ video has that unique and striking flare that one has come to expect from each of BTS’ videos. Their videos never fail to capture the audience’s attention through their intriguing and dramatic concepts illustrating each tracks story. The colour scheme in Not Today is equally as interesting as Spring Day; this time round the tones are both darker and warmer which again adds to the overall result of the video and depicts the songs emotion.

Overall, BTS have outdone themselves yet again! The records they’ve broken during the past week or so is enough to justify this. I sincerely hope that they continue to receive such success towards their music. It is truly fantastic to discover something that little bit different, unfortunately the industry lacks unique artists at present so when a group like BTS makes a breakthrough we should hold onto them and support their music.

If you haven’t already checked out Not Today make sure to click on the video above and let me know your thoughts on the new song/MV! Get your copy of Not Today and the new album You’ll Never Walk Alone via one of the links below.

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Take That Returns With New Single Giants!

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After much anticipation the return of one of the UK’s favourites bands Take That is finally upon us as they celebrate the release of their brand new single Giants! Giants is the first release from the bands latest album ‘Wonderland’ which is set to be released next month ahead of the band’s UK tour in May and June which I’ve managed to get tickets for and will be writing about following the show here on Jukebox Rhapsody!

Having preordered the single from the bands official website I received my signed copy in the mail this morning which included some added bonuses including live recordings from Take That’s gig at Hyde Park in London last year as well as another new song titled ‘Loving or Leaving’. So does the new release live up to Take That’s usual standards? Will it be another hit for the band? There really isn’t a doubt about it; of course it’s a hit song! Would you really expect anything less?

It’s got that classic and distinctive sound that when you hear it for the first time, you’ll just know it’s Take That. It’s upbeat and extremely catchy coming with the guarantee that the lyrics will be stuck in your head after just a few listens. What I absolutely love about Take That is that although they started out in the 90s they’re still producing music that’s relevant and appeals to all ages.

If you loved ‘Let In The Sun’ from the bands previous album released back in 2015, then you’re bound to love Giants! Both tracks have a similar sound which I’m sure you’ll recognise after listening. Giants is without a doubt made to be performed live, you just know it’ll like up the arena and get everyone up on their feet and singing along – isn’t that what all good music’s about after all?

Yet again Take That continue to reign the world of pop with their latest release and it won’t be long until it’s blasting out on car radios and in homes up and down the country-I for one will be playing on my radio this Thursday evening! It’s a great introduction to everything that’s yet to come in the band’s new album; if Giants is anything to go by it’s gonna be great!

Get your copy of the single/Preorder the new album via:

Take That Official Website

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