Westlife announce EXTRA DATE for Belfast's SSE Arena

24/10/2018 17:33

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Article by Paulo Ross Published: October 24, 2018

After much speculation surrounding their comeback, Westlife have finally revealed the dates they will be performing in the UK & Ireland next year! Celebrating the band's 20th anniversary, 'The Twenty Tour' will kick off at The SSE Arena in Belfast on 25th May, with the run of live shows ending at Dublin's Croke Park on 5th July. Westlife’s tour announcement comes just weeks after they confirmed their return to music with a video on social media. In the video, the group can be seen shaking hands as they reunite before sitting on stools and joking around. They end it by saying, "We'll be seeing you soon."

Due to demand, an EXTRA date has just been added. The foursome will play the SSE Arena Belfast on Sat 25th, Sun 26th & Mon 27 May 2019. Tickets for all three shows go on sale this Thursday at 9am - be sure to set your alarms! The SSE Arena Box Office 02890 739 074 All usual Ticketmaster outlets; 24hr Credit Card Bookings 0844 277 4455 (NI) Book on line www.ticketmaster.ie

Having last played the Odyssey Arena as part of their farewell tour in 2012, Westlife say they are glad to be back. "We're excited to be Westlife again," Shane Filan told the media at today's Belfast press conference. Kian Egan added, "You're going to see Westlife 2.0. We have a legacy to come back to that we're so proud of and we want to grow that, between the music, the concerts, everything." 

They also said that fans were going to be "taken aback" by the new music they were working on with Ed Sheeran and revealed a new single could be released before Christmas. 

The decision to get back together stemmed from a dinner between Kian Egan and Shane Filan a year and a half ago. "Myself and Shane had dinner a year and a half ago, we had a few drinks and as the drinks got more so, the reminiscing got bigger and it got to a point at the end of the night where we were almost back in dreamland," Kian revealed. "We had a chat, then left it for quite a few months, it was almost like, 'Do we talk about it again?' Then we had a chat on the phone and it was text messages and chats between everyone, and then we got everyone together over at Nicky's house to talk about really doing it, and that led us to here."

Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan will reunite, without former member Brian McFadden, to celebrate the group’s 20th anniversary. Westlife first started out in 1998 with a string on Number 1 songs in 1999 such as 'Swear It Again', 'If I Let You Go' and 'Flying Without Wings', to name just a few. Their huge success continued into the 2000s, however Brian McFadden left the band in 2004. Following Brian's departure, the group went on to release six more albums adding to the massive success they had as a five-piece. During their incredibly successful years, Westlife sold a massive 40 million studio albums worldwide and had 14 Number 1 singles in the UK.

Credit/Source: Planet Radio UK