Despite the disappointments of cancellations in 2020, singer/songwriter Gary Barlow
remains firmly looking forward to his role as musical director of the 710 Club on the P &
O Cruise Ship Iona including concerts later in 2021.
Gary Barlow is, of course, one of Britain’s most successful songwriters and record
producers. As part of Take That, he has won eight BRIT Awards and sold more than 45
In addition to his achievements with Take That, he has also co-written and produced
music for other renowned artists, including Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Elton John and
Gary’s last solo record – Since I Saw You Last – sold more than 600,000 copies and was
the ninth biggest-selling album that year. In more recent years, Gary has also turned his
attention to the world of theatre, composing the score for the hugely successful
production Finding Neverland, working alongside screenwriter Tim Firth to write the
music and lyrics for musical The Girls and also working alongside his Take That
bandmates to produce The Band, a record-breaking musical featuring the music of Take
Gary’s enthusiasm for his role with P & O has not been dampened by the pandemic.
“One thing I love is making memories,” said Gary.”I think music does that extremely well.
I’ve been on cruises in the past and they make memories. Iona will make memories”
As well as advising and arranging behind the scenes, Gary is scheduled to give special
performances in the Iona’s 930-seat theatre.
“It’s a fabulous venue.” he said. “It was disappointing that things had to be cancelled in
2020 but I am surer we are going to more than make up for it once all the restrictions are
lifted. We are all looking forward to that.”
As musical director of The 710 Club, Gary is set to make Iona’s intimate music bar the
most exciting live music venue at sea. Showcasing an eclectic range of performances,
curated to appeal to British music lovers, this atmospheric late-night music venue will
offer an opportunity for up-and-coming musicians to get their break. Iona places music
firmly at its heart.
Exclusively for adults, its stage will light up to the sounds of its talented resident band; a
group guided by Gary. Yet his involvement runs far deeper; to choosing music for the
club, guiding future performers and playlists and even shaping the interiors and
Having performed at countless pubs and clubs at the start of his career, Gary loves to
see up-and-coming talent catch that all-important break and this is exactly what The 710
Club is all about. The club will showcase a new guest performer every month, giving new
talent the chance to shine, while the resident band will weave their own spell with
numbers inspired by Gary’s life, loves and musical style, creating atmospheric sets that
have been crafted for the true music lover.
“I want The 710 Club to be a celebration of great music and great talent. As its musical
director, I want to give a unique experience for people who love music as much as I do. Music’s been such a massive part of my life – and taken me on so many journeys and
adventures. I’m hoping to pass this on to all the guests in my club.”