Take That are to follow their hugely successful Beautiful World tour with their biggest ever series of UK concerts in 2009.

The Circus Live - Summer 2009 - so named after their upcoming album - will see the legendary boy band take to the stage for eight stadium shows in June and July, including a three-night spot at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.

The tour kicks off at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland and concludes with two dates at Wembley Stadium in July 2009.

While their last album Beautiful World sold more than two and half million copies in the UK, making it their most successful record to date, the subsequent 2007 Beautiful World tour was an even bigger success, selling over 370,000 tickets in less than two hours.

The live DVDs they released in the wake of their reunion tours were the biggest selling music titles of 2006 (The Ultimate Tour) and 2007 (Beautiful World Live) and they have won an Ivor Novello for the single Shine and three Brit Awards since reforming.

A spokesman for the band said: "All of us are really looking forward to getting back on the road again next summer. We can think of no better way to thank everyone for their support and loyalty over the past three years.

"This will be the biggest tour we've ever done so we'll be working especially hard over the next few months to make it the best and most exciting Take That tour yet."

The full Circus Live tour dates and box office details are:

Sat June 6th - Sunderland Stadium of Light 0871 2200260/0191 2635000
Tue June 16th - Cardiff Millennium Stadium 029 20644996/0871 4244444
Sat June 20th - Glasgow Hampden Park 0844 4999 990
Fri June 26th - Manchester Old Trafford Cricket Ground 0871 2200260/0161 8321111
Sat June 27th - Manchester Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Sun June 28th - Manchester Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Fri July 3rd - Wembley Stadium 0207 4033331/ 0870 5344444/020 74342222/020 77348932
Sat July 4th - Wembley Stadium

28/10/2008 09:36:43