How I met Take That

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So, if you follow me on social media you’ll have seen that on Friday evening I MET TAKE THAT.

But this story starts long ago… let’s go back to the 90’s… I remember listening to ‘It Only Takes A Minute’ on repeat in my bedroom. I was just at the start of the longest crush of my life. Soon, posters started appearing in that same room, covering every surface including the ceiling and even around my window ledge.

I had t-shirts, necklaces, books, stickers, scrapbooks, videos… I went to concerts and nearly wept just knowing that I was breathing the same air as Gary, Robbie, Mark, Howard and Jason. I was crazy for them. I knew every lyric. I thought about them all the time.

These days, I have a much more grown up appreciation for Take That (honest… I mean, there’s only one poster and it’s on the inside of a cupboard door). I still love their music, which has evolved and grown just like they have (and their fans have).

Howard-SarahHowever, anyone who has seen them live will know what they are more than just a band. They’re entertainers: their concerts are a theatrical event. They are, quite simply, the best.

Anyhoo, so as you’ll have gathered, it’s been my dream now for 25 years to meet them… and on Friday, I finally did at HMV in Oxford Street, at an album signing for their new album Wonderland (which is great).

I got one single ticket so had to face going alone, but through a fan group on Facebook I found a new friend to meet up with, Sally – until then a total stranger from Manchester – so we could queue together. Sally’s lovely, I’m so glad we met up. Also met some other lovelies in the queue and the four hour wait to meet our favourite band passed reasonably quickly while we bonded over our fantastic taste in music 😉

And then, finally, I got to the front of the queue and I met Gary Barlow. I’d gone from nervous, to excited, to reasonably calm but as Gary looked at me and gave me a big hug, I must admit I got a bit star struck! I told him I’d been fan since the beginning so I was really happy to meet him and he was very friendly, humble and kind to me.

Next, Howard. Again, really friendly. After that, I met Mark Owen, who has to be one of the friendliest celebrities I’ve ever met (and there has been a fair few!) Really chatty, making jokes, down to earth and affectionate.

Mark-SarahAnd then it was all over. Such a cool experience and I’m so, so happy I met my fave band…

Feel familiar? If you like reading, my book The Truth About Ellen is about a girl who dates her celebrity crush (no link to Take That but fangirls of any band should relate to Ellen’s story!). Check it out here >

Have a fabulous week!

Signed: a very happy Thatter 🙂

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I’m Sarah and I am a Boyzone fan

… make that a HUGE Boyzone fan.

Wow, it feels good to say that.

Now, I don’t know why, but I’ve always been kind of embarrassed about my taste in music. I actually have quite an eclectic taste, but my favourite is: boybands (wow, another relief moment). I have seen Take That, One Direction, Westlife, Backstreet Boys and countless others live… I know most of their lyrics… I love those (yes, sometimes cheesy) tunes, I love the melody, and, as I’m being so honest, I often have a crush on one or more of the band members.

BoyzoneSo why am I kind of embarrassed by this fact? I guess my embarrassment stems from my school days. It wasn’t considered particularly cool to be a Boyzone/Take That/whoever fan when I was 14. That didn’t stop me from seeing Boyzone live 7 times  … but it did mean I haven’t ever really shouted about how big a fan I am.

Even as an adult, I still listen to Boyzone quite often and am rather excited about their new album (the new single is brilliant!) but I still feel a bit embarrassed when people know I’m a fan. So, I’m coming out. I’m declaring it for all the World to know: I love Boyzone!

It started in 1994, when Love Me For a Reason entered the UK chart … (in 1999, age 18, I even went to Dublin mostly because I wanted to visit their homeland!) … it continued when they re-formed in 2008, and I cried when I heard the news about Stephen Gately dying in 2009 (in fact I still cry when I see the Gave It All Away video).

And in December, I’m going to see Boyzone live for the 8th time at Wembley Arena and I can’t wait.

So … there you go. I’m proud of my tastes, and you know what? At 32, I don’t care how ‘cool’ other people think boybands are. I love them, and that’s me, take it or leave it.

Take That <3

On 4 July, I went to see Take That live at Wembley stadium. It was a brilliant evening.

Singing along to classics such as Shine, Never Forget, and even the British national anthem in a stadium with 85,000 other people is amazing in itself, but Take That put on more than just a concert. There was water, fire, amazing costumes, and a 25 foot robot. We danced, sang, cheered and had a thoroughly entertaining evening.

So, bravo, Take That, and thank you.

A photo I took of my favourite band for the past 20 years <3 🙂

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Two thousand and nine – nearly over!

I can’t believe it’s only 2 weeks until Christmas. Where has 2009 gone? I’m sure I thought something similar this time last year, and probably the year before that too.

Highlights of 2009:

  • Walking in the beautiful Lake District.
  • Seeing Take That at Wembley Stadium (singing Shine at the top of my voice with 80,000 people!)
  • Going to: Las Vegas, The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, and Zion…
  • Writing more than I’ve ever written before (even though I still didn’t even attempt to get published!).
  • Seeing Michael McIntyre live at the O2.

Not a bad year at all, truth be told. I hope to make 2010 even better.

Oooh Gavin & Stacey is on tonight. Hurrah!

Stephen Gately

My 15 year old self is weeping after hearing the news that Stephen Gately died yesterday, aged only 33. I had a huge crush on him. My thoughts go out to his husband, family, and friends. What a devastating loss for them.

It seems a little insignificant by comparison, but I had a great time on holiday… saw some amazing places*, met interesting people, ate good food. I’ll post my travel journal when I get some time.

*Las Vegas**, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Zion, and more. Amazing.

**Saw Cher at Caesar’s Palace!!