Take That tickets sell out in record time

More than 600,000 Take That tickets were snapped up in fewer than five hours today – making their new tour the fastest-selling in UK history, organisers said.

The band’s 2009 stadium tour, 'The Circus – Live', smashed UK box office records, including Michael Jackson’s 1987 'Bad' tour.

As previously announced dates sold out, the band added two more – June 23 at Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Ground and July 5 at London’s Wembley Stadium.

The extra concerts bring the tally of people expected to see them next summer to more than 700,000.

A statement from the band said: “We are, once again, totally astounded by the response today and amazed at being able to break such records – we feel very privileged to be in this position at such a time.

“We’re all meeting up this afternoon to start planning next summer and promise to make it the very best show we’ve ever done. See you in 2009!”

Take That release their album 'The Circus', the follow-up to the nine-times platinum 'Beautiful World', on December 1.

The first single from the album, 'Greatest Day', is out on November 24.

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