2 Seated tickets £90 each
Robbie Williams is taking his Heavy Entertainment Show across the country this summer – and the tour kicks off right here in Manchester.
Robbie, who was a member of Manchester boyband-turned-manband Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012, will showcase songs from his 11th studio album The Heavy Entertainment Show, as well as dazzling fans with an array of hits from across his three decades-long career, which saw him become the UK’s best-selling British solo artist.
Thousands of fans will be descending on Manchester for the first of two huge open-air shows taking place this Friday June 2 and Saturday June 3.
If you include the record-breaking Progress Live with Take That (when he arrived on stage hanging upside down before launching into Let Me Entertain You, of course), this is going to be Stoke lad Robbie’s sixth stadium tour.
If you’re one of the lucky fans heading to the Etihad to see the Brit Award-winning Robbie, we’ve rounded up everything you could possibly need to know in one place to help you make it the best gig ever.
How do I get to the Etihad Stadium?
The Etihad is in East Manchester – not too far from the city centre but you probably won’t want to walk it there.
If you do decide to go on foot there’s a safe, well lit and signposted walking route available from Manchester Piccadilly Station. Follow the ‘City Link’ signs. It takes around 25 minutes to walk to the stadium from the city centre.
Otherwise, there’s a dedicated tram stop, Etihad Campus, right next to the stadium. Metrolink services run from the city centre to Etihad Campus and on towards Ashton. The journey time from Piccadilly is less than 10 minutes.
Tickets must be bought before travel, with an off peak return from the city centre priced at £3 for adults, £1.40 for children.
Check your journey details before travel at on the Metrolink website or follow @MCRMetrolink on Twitter.
There are also a number of buses available from all directions. Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website for more information.
Where can I go for a drink before the gig?
The Etihad has bars inside the stadium, although you’ll need to take cash as at some big gigs they don’t take card payments. There is a cash machine at the ground but the queues will be long so gig-goers are best advised to withdraw some money in the city centre.
Our tip for a pre-gig drink would be the Northern Quarter, at the Tariff Street/Stevenson Square end, nearest to Piccadilly so you’re not too far from the tram stop.
Here are a few of our top picks for food and drink in and around the area.
Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza – Affordable, award-winning pizza with a good selection of craft beers and Italian wines – check out our review here (9 Cotton Street, Manchester, M4 5BF)
Cottonopolis – A stunning Japanese inspired menu and one of their cocktails has a glowing disco ball in it (16 Newton Street, Manchester, M1 2AE)
Tariff and Dale – A cool and contemporary bar and restaurant serving up sourdough pizza and sausage rolls (2 Tariff Street, Manchester, M1 2FN)
Port Street Beer House – A beer geek’s dream with one of the best craft ale selections in Manchester (39-41 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ)
Common – Beers, gin and cake. What more could you want? (39 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HW)
Who is the support act?
Robbie will be joined by the 80s synth supremos Erasure, who have a new album out called Would Be Gone. Who can resist absolute pop stonkers including Sometimes, Oh L’Amour, Chorus, Chains of Love, Always and Stop?
What are the stage times?
Stage times have yet to be officially confirmed but doors open at 5pm. We will update this page with more details as we have them so keep checking back as the gig approaches.
What will Robbie’s setlist be?
Here’s what we predict, based on Robbie’s most recent shows. He’s expected to air songs from The Heavy Entertainment Show so get ready to Party Like a Russian. And we think he might add his cover of Freedom 90 as a tribute to musical icon George Michael. And because he’s one for surprises, we’re hoping for a performance of Rudebox too.