Take That new album Odyssey and Greatest Hits tour: Release date, tickets, UK dates and will Robbie return?

18 September 2018, 17:11 | Updated: 21 September 2018, 10:06

By Tom Eames

"We've come so far and we've reached so high..."

Take That have announced plans for a special 30th anniversary tour and new album.

But what exactly do Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen have in store? Here are all the details so far...

  1. When is Take That's new tour?

    Take That tour
    Picture: Polydor

    Take That plan to head out on a 30th anniversary tour in 2019. The tour will coincide with a brand new Greatest Hits album.

    Howard Donald said: "We're recreating some of the songs for the Greatest Hits. We've got three new songs that we're going to put on the Greatest Hits.

    "We want to go to all of the territories that we've never been to before, like South America."

    On September 17, they teased their 30th anniversary world tour with a montage video on Facebook:

    Stay tuned… #TT30

    Posted by Take That on Monday, 17 September 2018

    On September 21, the boys announced that it will be the Greatest Hits Live tour, with tickets going on sale the following Friday (September 28) at 9.30am.

    The tour dates in full are:

    2019

    April

    Monday 15: Sheffield FlyDSA Arena

    Tuesday 16: Sheffield FlyDSA Arena

    Thursday 18: Glasgow, SSE Hydro

    Friday 19: Glasgow, SSE Hydro

    Saturday 20: Glasgow, SSE Hydro

    Monday 22: Manchester Arena

    Tuesday 23: Manchester Arena

    Thursday 25: Manchester Arena

    Friday 26: Manchester Arena

    Saturday 27: Manchester Arena

    Monday 29: Dublin 3Arena

    May

    Thursday 2: The O2, London

    Friday 3: The O2, London

    Saturday 4: The O2, London

    Sunday 5: The O2, London

    Tuesday 7: The O2, London

    Wednesday 8: The O2, London

    Sunday 12: Birmingham Arena

    Monday 13: Birmingham Arena

    Tuesday 14: Birmingham Arena

    Friday 17: Birmingham Arena

    Saturday 18: Birmingham Arena

    Thursday 23: Milton Keynes Dons

    Saturday 25: St Mary's Stadium, Southampton

    Tuesday 28: Bristol City Ashton Gate Stadium

    Thursday 30: Carrow Road Stadium, Norwich

    June

    Saturday 1: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough

    Tuesday 4: John Smith Stadium, Huddersfield

  2. Is there a new Greatest Hits album?

    Take That will also be bringing out a new Greatest Hits album titled Odyssey, which will contain both classics, re-recorded versions and three brand new songs.

    A brand new version of their first number one 'Pray' has also been released on September 21.

    Odyssey will be released on November 23, and features 27 songs in total. The album will also feature special guests, with the full tracklisting to be revealed in the coming weeks.

    The album will include soundbites from their life, to create a historical story around the songs. “The story is, if you think about it" said Howard, "quite mad."

    Mark said: "We wanted to tell the tale of the band. The history of what happened to us. If you only ever own one of them, this should be the definitive Take That record."

    Gary further explained: "Some have been reworked, but without spoiling what people loved about them in the first place. You’ve got to be respectful, but at the same time, you’ve got to let the ambition of doing something new and refreshed come through as well."

    Listen to a new 'Odyssey' version of 'Pray' below:

    How do I pre-order the album?

    Fans that pre-order any version of the album before 12pm BST on Tuesday September 25, will receive a pre-sale code for early access tickets to the 2019 Take That tour.

    The album will be available on double CD, double vinyl and a boxset.

  3. Will Robbie Williams and Jason Orange appear?

    Robbie and Jason
    Picture: PA

    It will likely just feature Gary, Howard and Mark.

    Robbie has said in the past that he hopes to join the boys for their 30th anniversary, but only if Jason Orange also returns.

    Sadly, Gary has said that the boys have given up hope on Jason ever making a comeback, so the chances of Robbie's involvement are also up in the air.