Boyzone and Westlife stars headline Northumberland Festival as Boyzlife this summer

Boyzone and Westlife fans are delighted to hear that Boyzlife – made up of one star from each – will perform for free in Northumberland this summer.

Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden, who first rose to fame in respective boy bands in the late 90s, now share the stage as Boyzlife – which has just been announced as the main track at Blyth Live Festival when he returns in June.

The free Blyth Beach Festival has been canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic, but it will make a full-scale return with a beach party complete with street theater and food outlets.

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Other musical acts for the June 18 event have yet to be announced.

Boyzlife achieved success in the region on previous visits and Duffy, who with Boyzone produced six number one hits including No Matter What, and McFadden – who enjoyed similar success with Westlife with 12 UK number ones and in Ireland such as Flying Without Wings – will again draw crowds.

The duo recently wrapped up a sold-out UK tour and their Blyth date is seen as a coup for the event.

The festival is funded by Blyth Borough Council and council’s Adrian Cartie said: ‘This is a major gig for the town as Keith and Brian have had great chart success between them.

“Everyone will be able to sing their hearts out at Blyth Beach.”

The mayor, Councilor Margaret Richardson, called the festival a place to go for a great family day out and added: “In the past around 15,000 people have had fun for free.

“We try to accommodate everyone at our events, residents and visitors alike, and I believe that once again this festival will bring people to the city, which can only be good for commerce, hospitality and business.”

Other attractions of the open-to-all festival are expected to include a family activity area to entertain all ages.

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