‘Robbie Williams: Live in Berwick’, five words that definitely require a second glance.
OK so the funnyman of pop didn’t exactly take to The Maltings stage on Tuesday night but fans were treated to a live digital broadcast of his ‘Take The Crown’ concert from Estonia.
Beginning as you’d expect with ‘Let Me Entertain You’, it didn’t take long for Stoke’s prodigal son to get the Berwick faithful in party mood- with one gent quickly up out of his chair.
The camera angles and the fact Robbie was very much aware that the gig was being broadcast to cinemas right across Europe made you feel as close to the action as you possibly could given the geographical distance.
His two hour set was packed full of crowd pleasers. ‘Monsoon’ may only be an album track but it never fails to hit the spot live and ‘Bodies’ and ‘Kids’, with a well appreciated added dash of Olly Murs, were lapped up.
My personal favourite Robbie track ‘Come Undone’ sent the atmosphere up a further notch and by the time Mr Williams launched into his more recent number one hit ‘Candy’, the aisles of The Malting’s main house theatre were awash with enthusiastic dancers who weren’t letting the fact that they weren’t actually at the show itself stand in their way.
Fan favourite ‘Hot Fudge’ and 2000 chart topper ‘Rock DJ’ brought a few more out of their seats and the shouts for more weren’t restricted to the crowd at Tallin’s Song Festival Ground.
Robbie’s three song encore of ‘Feel’, ‘She’s The One’ and of course ‘Angels’ saw energetic dancing replaced by arms in the air swaying and as he made his way off the stage he received a rapturous reception from Berwick.
The atmosphere in the theatre was at times surreal- there were people chanting while others took photos of themselves in front of the on-screen action as if they were actually at the concert but above all it was a highly enjoyable way to spend a drizzly Tuesday evening.