Reviews: Gary Barlow at De Montfort Hall - your words and pictures
Take That star and X Factor judge Gary Barlow was in town on Sunday night and by all accounts, he put on a pretty magnificent show.
And who better to give their views than the die-hard fans who made sure they were first in line when the tickets for the De Montfort Hall gig went on sale.
So here are some readers’ reviews of the gig
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Louise White, 40, Market Harborough
Just got back from watching Gary Barlow at De Montfort Hall with my son, mum and sister. It was fantastic - we managed to get three rows from the stage.
The atmosphere was brilliant and it was so good to have somebody as good as Gary Barlow in Leicester. He was absolutely fantastic live, I’m so glad we managed to get the tickets.
Paul and Sharon Maguire, Leicester Forest East
Wow! When my wife booked us tickets to see Gary Barlow, I didn't know what to expect.
Having seen him, I would say one word to sum him up would be ‘superstar.’
He was absolutely fantastic from start to finish and he rocked the old De Montfort Hall like I've not seen it rock before - and we are regulars to this venue. His talent is endless and he’s such a humble guy for somebody who has been in one of the biggest boy bands ever.
The words in his songs are honest and brilliant, and the audience was mesmerised.
Roll on his next visit to Leicester.
Kirsty Ellis, 40, primary school teacher, Oadby
I went to see Gary with my Mum, Sue Naylor, and sister, Jemma Naylor. They were mega Take That fans from the beginning - I'm a new convert!
8.09pm, Sunday, January 13 2013, Leicester De Montfort Hall. The anticipation is electrifying as thousands of Gary Barlow fans wait for their idol to walk on stage. An eclectic mix of youngsters, mums, dads and grannies fill the hall. Many are original Take That fans, but some are Gary Barlow concert virgins like me.
Everyone’s getting hyper, hot and a little bit giddy, then the lights go down and the music starts. The crowd erupts as the man himself walks out, looking as handsome and suave as ever.
‘This could be the greatest night of your life’ he sings, and the entire audience goes hysterical.
The next two hours whiz past with a mix of ballads, pop, swing, humour, incredible music and amazing vocals.
There are some golden oldies, including Pray - yes with THAT dance routine - a few swing numbers, Robbie Williams’ Candy (which Gary co-wrote), and much more. Hugely talented Gary effortlessly moves between songs and proves that, even after all this time, he definitely still has the X Factor.
Nicola Dawson, Syston
Wow! A fantastic gig from start to finish, we couldn't have asked for more.
Highlights for me were Pray, The flood, Never Forget, Candy and Rule The World.
De Mont staff ensured it all ran smoothly - lots of staff on the door meant we didn't have to queue in the cold for too long.
Gary said we were a great crowd and would come back soon - let's hope so.
In the photo L-R are Liz, Hayley, Lucy & Nicola Photo 2 shows the end of the gig, wrist bands in the air to Never Forget.
Jane Towers, 50, Leicester
Absolutely fantastic. Gary really connected with the crowd and loved the small personal gig. He really doesn't need the other four!
Lesley Sleath, 51, Loughborough
Since May, I have seen Gary at the Team GB launch at the Royal Albert Hall, at the Olympic Stadium with Take That, at Nottingham City Hall and, thanks to husband John's surprise Christmas present, last night in Leicester. My friend Tricia and I spent two hours queuing in the cold but it was worth it as we bagged a space on the front row along with another friend, Sarah.
I have only been a Gary Barlow fan since 2006 after watching the documentary which led to Take That reforming. It was Gary's story of belief and triumph over adversity that inspired me most. Since then, Take That and Gary in particular have become national treasures.
Last night the atmosphere was electric. The talented Nel Bryden was the warm up act before the main man performed a varied set including old and new Take That songs, a swing section and some of his solo material, including the beautiful Forever Love.
Gary worked the stage well and gave the fans the best night ever. The ecstatic crowd proved De Montfort is up there with the big venues he has played over the last year.
Diane Baker, Earl Shilton
I went with my friend Amanda French - we also saw him in Nottingham in December and we have been to every concert Take That have had.
Gary was absolutely brilliant. We had T-shirts with ‘Just call me Mrs Gary Barlow” on and we tried to get to meet him, but unfortunately we weren’t lucky enough. Maybe one day it will happen.
Roll on next year when Take That are touring again!
Seventeen years ago, I went to see this man and his then three bandmates at Earls Court with my mum and cousin. I was 11 years old. Now at 28, my mum, cousin and I were back together again last night at De Monfort Hall to see Mr Gary Barlow at his very best. With great support from Nell Bryden to start off the show, Gary blew us away from start to finish. His ballad medley even got the reluctant male audience members involved. It was impossible not to love Gary when he talked about his solo career and the garage full of albums he has at home and he humbly thanked us for spending the money to come and see him.
Sing, Rule the World and Forever Love were highlights for me. However, it was Never Forget at the end that sealed an amazing night, for us and Gary, who seemed genuinely pleased (and surprised) at the reception we gave him.
The montage of clips from Gary’s career shown as a backdrop during Never Forget was my childhood in music.
Seventeen years on the magic is still there .
Thank you for coming to Leicester, Gary. Keep your word and come back soon.
Laura Humphreys, 23, Huntingdon
I went to the gig at De Montfort Hall with my best friend Alison Byford. I am a huge Gary Barlow fan - his music, his voice and his lyrics all helped me come through a life-limiting bout of anxiety, agoraphobia and depression. To be at the concert on Sunday night was huge for me - nerve-wracking, but incredible.
I couldn't take my eyes off Gary from the second he came onstage and, along with the rest of the audience, Alison and I screamed and sung ourselves hoarse!
Gary Barlow is the consummate showman, knows his audience incredibly well, and was constantly looking around the side circles and out at the standing crowds with his famous grin, loving every moment.
His entrance onstage was nothing short of magical and the roof was blown off De Montfort Hall several times throughout the show with some of his biggest hits - Pray, Relight My Fire and Never Forget were particularly spectacular.
The venue is beautiful and so intimate - exactly the kind of gig Gary had promised us.
I think I speak for all of ‘GB Army’ when I say Gary, please come back to Leicester soon!
Katie Shales, 35, Market Harborough
What a night! Gary had everyone, even the men, screaming and singing from the moment he arrived on stage. He sang Take That songs and even did the dance to Pray.
He was very chatty and keept the whole audience very entertained! Gary Barlow, you're a legend!
Natalie Allen, 30, Blaby
We waited outside the gates from 9am as our tickets were standing and we wanted to be at the front! There were two girls who were there at 6am! We had a freezing cold wait all day but staff at De Montfort hall made sure that those of us who were there first got in first so we could get front row. Gary was amazing - every second of the freezing cold wait for nine hours was well worth it.
I hope he comes back to Leicester. It was an amazing night at a lovely venue.