Robbie Williams at the Aviva_June 2013_0095

There are a few pop-stars in the world that are so sure of themselves, that they need no introduction. Robbie Williams is one such superstar of pop. Bursting onto the stage with the phrase “I am Robbie fucking Williams“, the charisma and charm, as well as ego, doesn’t end there.

Let Me Entertain You opens the show, and is explosive as it could be, with the thousands of crowd members on their feet and dancing. Moving into Monsoon, Robbie shows his experience as a show man and makes use of every single camera onstage. Not Like The Others sees the start of the stage production, when Robbie climbs aboard a giant silver statue of his own head, which moves slowly down the stage into the crowd, before the head opens and releases countless balloons into the air. And the show doesn’t slow down here, as Robbie makes his way back to the stage to meet friend and support act Olly Murs, where the duo perform Kids.

This seemed a good point in the show to reveal Robbie Statue 2.0. As a giant bronze Robbie-head statue emerges from the inner depths of the stage, complete with balcony and parasol to suit Ireland’s wet summer weather, Robbie bursts into Bodies, right as the head of the statue bursts into flames. Continuing on his pursuit of proving he’s the ultimate showman, Robbie plucks a fan from the crowd to serenade her with Strong, all whilst spooning her inside a huge, red,  vertical bed. He then introduces the young and nervous-looking YouTube stars Rob & Harrison to the stage to perform their cover of We Found Love. Finally stripping the show down a little, Robbie performs Millennium alone, with acoustic guitar. Merging into Better Man, it’s a somewhat welcome rest from the action-packed antics of the show so far.

A rare performance of Me and My Monkey is a popular choice among the crowd, complimented by Robbie’s incredible brass band. Candy shakes the stadium, as Robbie’s latest hit off his latest album proves just what a hit it has become. Rock DJ is another triumph, as the crowd go all in for this classic hit, dancing as  best they can as Robbie-shaped disco balls drop from the stage, and fill the stadium with specks of light. Not allowing Robbie to end the night there, the crowd are treated to an encore of Feel, She’s the One, and Angels, with each hit as popular and catchy as the day it was released. Finishing off the show it a firework finale, no one was left disappointed by the night’s antics.

With the experience, charisma and cheek of pop music’s favourite fellas, what less could one expect than a hugely produced, polished and perfected show? All that and more was provided by Robbie on this wet Irish evening, and he couldn’t have left anyone unimpressed by the show. A great, and relatively rare example of pop music done right.

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Photos: Michelle Geraghty