Over 44 million people in China tune in to see Westlife in concert

More than 44 million people in China have tuned in to see Westlife perform at a live concert on social media site WeChat.

The online concert, headlined by the Backstreet Boys, featured an appearance by the Irish boy band who collaborated with the American band on two songs.

The concert, organized by WeChat to promote the apps’ video function, lasted two hours and attracted a total of 44.2 million viewers.

Evoking nostalgia was a big theme of the show, with many viewers taking the comments to relive their youth.

“I almost cried when the music started; it took me back to my youthful days,” one person said.

Westlife were one of the first bands to perform live on the video service in December.

The concert drew an audience of 27 million and was the channel’s first smash hit.

The band are currently gearing up for their The Wild Dreams tour, which will see Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan, Kian Egan and Mark Feehily take the stage at four huge Irish shows this summer.

They have been busy rehearsing for the tour ahead of their first gig in Kent on July 1, where they will perform some of their biggest hits, from Swear It Again to What About Now.

Aviva Stadium will be packed with Westlife fans on Friday July 8 and Saturday July 9 as the boys play their first home gig since their 2019 reunion tour.

The first show sold out within minutes due to high demand and a second date was quickly added for the Dublin venue.

They will also take the stage at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork on August 12 and 13.

Speaking to sundayworld.com for the past few days, Nicky Byrne has revealed her favorite song to play while on tour.

“It changes from year to year, the one that I can never walk away from, that I always love, is World of Our Own,” he said.

“But we’ve been lucky over the years, we have big mainstays like obviously Flying Without Wings, My Love, You Raise Me Up, When You’re Looking Like That.”

“And then you have the ones that did well for charity like Comic Relief’s single Uptown Girl, which was obviously a Billy Joel song but was huge worldwide for us because it was for Comic Relief. And Claudia Schiffer was in the video!

Mandy is still fine too. It’s a great song,” he added.

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