Robbie Williams will reunite with Take That tomorrow for a one-off charity performance.
It comes as the UK concludes its tenth week of lockdown amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
During this unprecedented period many of us have found ways to keep entertained but the chart-topping band are hoping to provide further distraction tomorrow with their lockdown gig.
The reunion is sadly “not back for good but for a special one-off show” which event organisers are hoping will “lift the nation’s spirit” at this particularly difficult time.
The virtual concert has been organised by Meerkat Music – in conjunction with the price comparison website Compare the Market.
So what is the special concert? And how can you watch it? Here’s everything we know so far.
What is the concert?
The virtual concert won’t feature Jason Orange (far right).
(Image: Neil Munns/PA Wire)
He’ll join current members Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, and Howard Donald for the remote gig – filmed from the comfort of their own homes.
The concert marks the first time the foursome have performed together since 2018, with Robbie and Gary having reunited for a virtual duet on Twitter in April.
In a statement to the Radio Times, the band said that the special event is a “world first” for them.
They further commented: “It’s always great getting back together with Robbie and we are really excited to be part of this unique show that everyone can enjoy from home.”
Robbie said he is “really looking forward” to the reunion and added: “If we can’t go to the stadium… we’ll bring the stadium to us.”
The special concert will however not feature Jason Orange – who left the band back in September 2014.
The 49-year-old revealed at the time that he didn’t want to continue recording music and touring anymore.
The Meerkat Music event will be in aid of Nordoff Robbins and Crew Nation – which are “very close to [the] hearts” of Take That.
These charities help offer music therapy and provide financial support to backstage staff, respectively.
How can you watch it?
The charity concert, hosted by Compare the Market, will be available to watch on Friday (May 29) at 8pm.
It’ll be live-streamed on the comparison site’s official YouTube page and will be accessible to fans all across the world – not just those in the UK.
This was confirmed to North Wales Live by a spokesperson for the event who said that the gig will be available to “fans everywhere” via the official YouTube channel.
The special performance will also be streamed on Facebook, organisers confirmed to us.
And the Meerkat Music event is accessible to everyone for free – not just customers of the comparison site.