‘Finally performing at Wembley Stadium is a dream come true for Westlife’: Shane Filan says the band are delighted to return to the stage

Westlife’s Shane Filan has revealed the chart-topping band are “beyond excited” to finally return to the stage for their world tour in July.

We said it will be exactly three years since the week they last performed a full-scale stadium spectacle for fans – their ‘Twenty Tour’ at Croke Park on July 5-6, 2019.

They will kick off their ‘Wild Dreams’ tour in Kent on July 1 and will have dates at Aviva Stadium and Páirc Uí Chaoimh before Wembley Stadium in London in August and promise attendees a ‘great spectacular show’.

“It’s been a weird few years for everyone and the music industry has definitely been a weird place because the only thing you couldn’t do during the pandemic is have a crowd or play for somebody. a. So you could never play against Aviva or Wembley,” he told the Irish Independent.

“There have been almost three years of waiting for us. Our last gig was in 2019 at Croke Park, so that’s actually three years to the week we last played. The excitement is going to be immense for us.

“We have had to cancel Cork twice and reschedule Wembley twice, so there are people who had tickets for two years still waiting to see us. It’s gonna be amazing.

“Every time you step on stage you have to treat it like an FA Cup final and give it your all. You don’t just want to be 90 per cent performance-wise, you want to be 100 per cent every time.

“It’s going to be as good if not better than the excitement of our first comeback in 2019 because the fans had to wait even longer.”

The stars will make history when they make their debut at the 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium on August 21 and 22 and he said it had always been a dream for the band, which started in 1998.

To date, Westlife have sold over 55 million records worldwide and are the only band to have seen their first seven singles enter the UK chart at number one – but they have never played the vast London venue.

“I still pinch myself when I think about it. To be one of those names on that artist list is pretty cool, it’s a bucket list for us,” he said.

Westlife fans could also see him play guitar on stage for the first time after learning how to play during the pandemic.

“Learning to play it was a lifelong goal for me. It was something I had never done. I always wanted to watch a guitarist on stage. I picked it up when the lockdown started and I was singing while playing it.

“It kept me in the vocal world which is so important as a singer. It’s like you stop going to the gym for six months, your body is shocked to the core when you try to get back into it. “, did he declare.

The singer is currently fundraising for the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) with a JustGiving page and has already raised over €14,000.

He was devastated after losing both parents to the disease within 10 months. He lost his mother Mae to lung cancer on December 15, 2019 and his father Peter to pancreatic cancer on October 4, 2020 and he said he still misses them “every day”.

Ambassador for Daffodil Day which takes place this Friday, March 25, he said the ICS had been so supportive during one of the most difficult times of his life.

“I do this to keep their memory alive to some degree. It’s good to know that I’m doing this thanks to them and they would be so proud of it. They would be happy for me to help people who were in their script. That’s why it’s so close to my heart and it’s nice to have that connection with them,” he said.

Everyone who donates will have the chance to win the “ultimate Westlife package” and attend their Aviva concert on July 8 as a VIP.

They and their families will be able to listen to the sound-check, attend the concert, meet the whole group and then stay at the Intercontinental hotel.