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Monday 20 August 2018

Take That book up whole floor of top hotel for Croker concerts stay

Star treatment: Reformed boyband to hit the clubs after gigs

IT'S the favourite Dublin haunt of Britney Spears, Liam Gallagher and Taylor Swift -- and now Take That are set to sample the star treatment at the Four Seasons hotel.

The Herald can reveal how the chart-toppers have booked into the five-star hotel in Ballsbridge for their much anticipated visit this weekend.

Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams will take to the stage at Croke Park on Saturday and Sunday for two sold-out concerts.

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And according to an insider the pop sensations have pulled out all the stops for their stay, booking out an entire floor in the exclusive hotel.

The Relight My Fire singers are expected to run up a cool €100,000 bill for their visit and have booked out a massive 40 rooms in the South Dublin hotel so they can enjoy total privacy with their families and huge entourage.

The Take That guys are also rumoured to have reserved the €2,500-a-night penthouse suite.

The luxury pad has three bedrooms, a living room, dining area and large bathroom and was the accommodation of choice for Britney Spears when she jetted into town two years.

The lavish penthouse also affords guests complete privacy, with an underground entrance and private elevator.

Relaxing

The group are expected to fly into Dublin tomorrow afternoon having wowed at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff last night and on Tuesday night.

"The guys are looking forward to relaxing at the Four Seasons in between shows," said a source. "They've stayed there in the past and were keen to return as they feel it's the ideal venue to accommodate their huge crew.

"There haven't been any huge demands from them so far, they're just intent on having some privacy so they can relax with their families.

"They will definitely be hitting the town while they're here. Contact has been made with a number of nightclubs including the Pink, Lillie's Bordello and Krystle to discuss security arrangements and ensure they can look after the lads."

Robbie Williams in particular is gearing up to give Irish fans a rousing performance at Croke Park, given that he always promised he would come back to the venue.

He played a sold-out solo gig there in 2006 -- but always said that he would come back after problems with the sound.

Williams will also perform some of his biggest solo hits, including Angels and Let Me Entertain You.

lnolan@herald.ie

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