World-renowned popstar Robbie Williams has officially announced a UK arena tour that will take place towards the nend of 2022.
The tour - which is titled XXV - will mark the 25th anniversary of the 48-year-old’s solo career, which he embarked on after leaving popular group Take That in 1995.
It is also in celebration of Robbie Williams’ new studio album of the same name which is set for release on Friday, 9 September 2022.
Gracing a number of the UK’s biggest cities and grandest entertainment arenas, here is everything you need to know about the double header at Manchester’s AO Arena; from when they are scheduled, to how to access the pre-sale.
When will Robbie Williams play in Manchester?
The pop singer is set to grace the city of Manchester on two separate occasions during his UK and Ireland arena tour in 2022.
Robbie Williams will play at the AO Arena for the first show on Wednesday, 19 October in 2022.
Whilst the second gig will take place two days later on Friday, 21 October 2022.
Where else is he playing?
At the time of publication, Robbie Williams has announced that he will play eight shows in five cities during his UK and Ireland arena tour in 2022.
Starting in London’s O2 Arena on Sunday, 9 October 2022, the XXV tour will come to its conclusion at Dublin’s 3Arena on Saturday, 29 October 2022.
The following is the full list of announced tour dates:
- 9 - The O2 Arena, London
- 10 - The O2 Arena, London
- 15 - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
- 19 - AO Arena, Manchester
- 21 - AO Arena, Manchester
- 24 - OVO Hydro, Glasgow
- 25 - OVO Hydro, Glasgow
- 29 - SSEArena, Dublin Ireland
How do I enter the pre-sale for the Manchester shows?
Tickets are yet to go on general sale, but for those who wish to be the first in line, there will be an exclusive pre-sale window that you will have the opportunity to take advantage of.
Fans who wish to be one of the first in the doors of Manchester’s AO Arena in October will need to have pre-ordered Robbie Williams’ thirteenth studio album ‘XXV’ by 3 pm on Tuesday, 14 June 2022.
After doing so, you will then receive access to a special ticket pre-sale window that will take place on Wednesday, 15 June 2022.
The pre-sale window starts at 9 am and will be open for 48 hours until tickets go on general sale.
How can I get tickets to the concert?
If you will miss out on the exclusive pre-sale for the Manchester gigs, you can still purchase tickets on general sale when they release on Friday, 17 June 2022.
The tour’s ticketing partner Ticketmaster will be the best place to purchase your admission to the Manchester shows, but prices are yet to be made official.
For more information and to keep updated, visit the official Ticketmaster page.
What is the setlist?
At the time of publication, the official setlist for both of Robbie Williams’ Manchester shows have not been confirmed.
However, as the UK and Ireland arena tour is in support of the release of his new album ‘XXV’ - expect to see The Robster perform all the tracks, which includes a number of re-releases of some of his most popular songs.
Here is a list of all the songs featured in the new album:
- Let Me Entertain You
- Come Undone
- Love My Life
- The Road To Mandalay
- No Regrets
- She’s The One
- Rock DJ
- Nobody Someday
- Lazy Days
- Hot Fudge
- Sexed Up
- More Than This
- Disco Symphony
- Better Man
- Home Thoughts From Abroad
- The World and Her Mother
- Into The Silence
- Angels (Beethoven AI)
Who is Robbie Williams and what is he best known for?
Robert Peter Williams is an English singer and songwriter who was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012.
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Williams helped earn Take That six No. 1 singles and three No. 1 albums - but left the beans when he was 21.
He kicked off his solo career by signing a contract with Chrysalis/EMI for over $1 million and singing a hit cover of George Michael’s "Freedom."
His first solo album ‘Life Thru a Lens (1997)’ got a mixed reception from critics on release, but his single ‘Angels’ went on to sell more than 800,000 copies, as well as spending over three months in the top 10.
Following this, Williams released a number of hit albums such as ‘I’ve Been Expecting You (1998)’, ‘Sing When You’re Winning (2000)’, ‘Swing When You’re Winning (2001)’, ‘Escapology (2002)’, ‘Intensive Care (2005)’, ‘Rudebox (2006)’, ‘Reality Killed the Video Star (2009)’ and ‘Take the Crown (2012)’.
In 2010, Williams reunited with Take That and recorded the well-received and very successful album ‘Progress’.
Since leaving the band yet again, he has continued his successful solo career which has currently amounted to over 77 million records sold worldwide.