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Attention Take That fans! A 22-arena tour has been announced

Emmy Griffiths

Take That have announced their UK arena tour for 2017 – where they will perform for a whopping 22 venues to showcase their upcoming album, Wonderland.

The tour, which will take place over the course of a month beginning in Newcastle in May and closing in Norwich in June, will consist of the three remaining band members Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen. Jason Orange and Robbie Williams absent from the tour.

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The band will go on tour in 2017

A source told The Daily Star: "The album has taken a little longer to complete than they expected but the band are all thrilled with the record. They can't wait to get on the road and perform the new songs to fans, alongside all their greatest hits."

Although the Wonderland album won't be released until March next year, tickets for the live shows go on sale on Friday morning, and fans of the boy band have already shared their anticipation for the upcoming shows.

"OMG OMG I'M CRYING I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU ARE COMING BACK TO WALES!!!! LOVE YOU," one wrote excitedly.

"And dowwwn goes the Take That website!" another joked.

The band All Saints have also announced that they will be touring with the band, tweeting: "We're SO excited to be joining @takethat on their Wonderland Live 2017 tour – We hope to see you there!!"

Take That decided to continue as a trio after Jason announced his decision to depart the band back in 2014. In a statement announcing the news, he wrote: "At a band meeting last week I confirmed to Mark, Gary and Howard that I do not wish to commit to recording and promoting a new album.

"There have been no fallings out, only a decision on my part that I no longer wish to do this… I know how much Mark, Gary and Howard enjoy writing and making music, and they know that they have my full support and encouragement to continue on with what is to be another chapter for the band."