‘Massive achievement for us’ – Westlife fans shiver at first-ever Wembley gig

Irish boy band Westlife performed their greatest hits to a packed Wembley Stadium.

The sold-out show, featuring acts such as Flying Without Wings, was part of their Wild Dreams Tour.

It was the first time in the chart-topping band’s history that they played at the famed London venue.

Mark Feehily, Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan and Brian McFadden shot to fame with Westlife after forming in 1998.

They disbanded in 2012 after 14 successful years, but reunited in 2018 without McFadden – who left the band in 2004.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and James Morrison took to the Wembley stage to perform before the Irish quartet delighted the crowd on Saturday night.

Westlife, which has a huge following in the UK, has sold over 55 million records.

This week, Feehily said securing the Wembley gig nearly 25 years into their music career had “slightly blown us away a bit”.

He told ITV’s This Morning on Friday: ‘I think playing gigs like this at Wembley Stadium is something we’ve dreamed of since we were little boys and actually being here now, I think for us, it means so much, almost 25 years in our career to play in a sold-out Wembley Stadium.

Filan agreed that finally playing at Wembley was a “massive achievement” for the band, saying: “We’ve played in stadiums all over the world, but Wembley Stadium is probably the most famous stadium in the world.

“And I guess once you play at the stadium you’re part of a very elite list of people who are lucky enough to play there and obviously I’m thinking of bands like Queen and people like that.

“It’s pretty amazing and we’re very proud of it.

“It’s a huge achievement for us.”

The concert was also shown live in cinemas across the UK and #westlifeincinemas was trending on Twitter.