Well, well, well, who would have thought that THE Gary Barlow would come to our very own Futurist Theatre but he did!!
I have to admit the excitement wasn’t there - not like it has been at other concerts I’ve been to and I couldn’t understand why. Then it dawned on me, it was the venue. This was the Futurist and not some some huge stadium.
Thankfully, as we made our way to our seats the atmosphere lifted my spirits and it wasn’t long til I was busting for Gary to come on stage.
His warm up act was a lady from New York called Nel Brydon. She had a tale to tell about each of her songs which included Shake the Tree and Sirens.
Sirens was written 10 years after she witnessed the 9/11 events from her New York apartment. Gary heard the song on the radio and fell in love with it and that was the spur to his asking Nel to be his support act.
Then the fabulous, and might I say gorgeous, Gary Barlow entered the room. I am certain never before in the history of the Futurist has there been such an amazing crowd reaction – enthusiastic, ectastic ...
His opening song Greatest Day gave us a taste of what lay ahead and he did not disappoint. He went on to sing various Take That hits ranging from the 90s to the present day. It was fantastic to hear the crowd singing along and waving their arms in the air.
We were treated to a few swing hits including Moondance and I’ve Got You Under My Skin.
He told us his inspiration to learn the piano was Forever Autumn from the album War of the Worlds. He then went on to perform it to a very appreciative crowd,
Gary was in fantastic spirits and said how lovely it was to be in Scarborough.
As he introduced his band members he told us that guitarist Milton McDonald, who has been with him since 1993, was born and bred in Scarborough.
Gary took a variety of gifts from the audience including a handmade sign from a little girl named Olivia. The sign said Angels at which Gary laughed and said: “You are at the wrong concert.”
Gary Barlow at the Futurist, Scarborough, seems a little unreal but he smashed it and he was grateful to his audience for turning out in such horrid weather conditions.
We were treated to an amazingly talented act and here’s hoping Gary is the beginning of a long line of fabulous evenings at the Futurist, Scarborough.
This review is by Lucy Keogh. She lives in the Old Town and attended the concert with her sister and friends.