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     FrontPage Edition: Tue 13 June 2006

Robbie Williams to perform in Singapore on 18 Nov 2006


Robbie Williams: Close Encounters
 Saturday, 18 November 2006 8.00pm, National Stadium
SINGAPORE, 26 SEPTEMBER 2006 : Midas Promotions officially announce today the cancellation of the Singapore show (18 November) of the Robbie Williams: Close Encounters Tour. This is a decision made by Robbie Williams Inc, citing health concerns.
Robbie Williams, music¡¯s man with the Midas touch who shattered the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest, and largest, number of concert tickets ever sold in one day ¡ª 1.6 million when the European leg of his World Tour went on sale in November 2005 ¡ª is confirmed to tour Asia and will end the Asian leg of his World Tour, Robbie Williams: Close Encounters, here in Singapore.
Promoter, Michael Hosking, today (14 Jun 2006) announced that ¡°the world¡¯s favourite entertainer and most dynamic showman ever seen¡±, would perform at the National Stadium on Saturday, 18th November.
The ¡°let me entertain you¡± stadium-pop giant will perform in Bangkok and Hong Kong for the first time in five years, and play dates in India and China for the first time ever.
Billed as the biggest musical event in Singapore this Millennium, Robbie Williams looks set to ignite the famous ¡®Kallang Roar¡¯ for possibly the last time at the Stadium, where plans are underway for demolition.
Hosking says of the concert coup of the year that ¡°the country is expected to join the ticket-selling phenomenon already experienced in every territory where Robbie Williams¡¯ concerts have gone on sale.¡±
He sold out five London shows, each with a capacity of 75,000. His Leeds¡¯ concert sold out in 90 minutes. Holland sold-out their four Amsterdam Arena gigs in a breath-taking 89 minutes. In Germany a mass of 20,000 fans braved the cold to line the streets of Munich waiting for tickets to go on sale at midnight. In Dubai last month, all 25,000 tickets were snapped up in less than 2 hours ¨C and Australia sold out 5 shows in a matter of hours!
To cope with demand, and in an unprecedented Singapore first, tickets will go on sale across three days only ¨C from 19th June through to midnight on 21st June.
¡°The last time Robbie staged a concert in Singapore in 2001, all 10,000 tickets were sold out in a few days. The show was fantastic and we anticipate a similar ticket sales trend, especially given the fact how spectacular this show is and how his fan base has increased ten-fold in the last five years¡±.
Record-breaking ticket sales are expected for what will be biggest stadium production show to ever visit Singapore.
¡°This is a rare occasion where Singapore gets the exact concert that has been seen in the traditionally bigger concert markets ,¡± says Hosking.
Fans who have kept the faith can expect an amazing show complete with six-storey high stage, 35 tonnes worth of pyrotechnics, lights and video walls, a roof specially brought in from Australia as well as assigning a crew of 400 for the whole production.
¡°Singapore is looking forward to an electrifying performance by this natural showman and iconic pop personality. The city has always been a must-stop destination for many of the world's best acts in the performing arts and music scene and we are excited to welcome Robbie Williams back, as well as his fans from the region,¡± says Oliver Chong, Director, Singapore Tourism Board.
The World Tour starts in Dublin on June 9 and visits 14 countries on 44 different dates and will finish in Australia. It is estimated his live audience will total 2.6 million.
Williams told Australia¡¯s Herald Sun that he will not be touring for a long time after Close Encounters.
"For me this tour is a year-long celebration of what I've achieved as a solo artist. It comes in the form of getting on stage in stadiums. After that I'll say thank you very much. It's not something I want to do again for a long time."
Hosking concludes, ¡°I am very excited that Robbie, whose love for Singapore is well known, has agreed to play in our country.¡±
For a weekend escape with Robbie Williams, overseas visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets from SISTIC online system ( and take full advantage of low budget carriers, reasonable hotel rates and shopping opportunities in Singapore.
There will be a combination of general admission (GA) tickets and allocated seats in the stands. No alcohol or bottles (including plastic) will be permitted in the GA areas. Pocket-size and mobile phone cameras will be permitted.
Concert information like maps, arrival and departure times, and public transport options will be broadcast and printed in local media closer to each concert date.
The 50-million-world-wide-album-seller topped the charts in 18 countries with his latest, Intensive Care launched in October 2005. This tour mixes Williams' classics such as Angels, Let Me Entertain You, Rock DJ, Feel and Kids with recent hits Tripping and Sin Sin Sin.
In a story of unparalleled success this Asian tour will ink another chapter in the story that is Robbie Williams.
Don¡¯t miss your chance to be a part of pop history-in-the-making!
Issued on behalf of Midas Promotions


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