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Urgent warning for thousands of Westlife fans ahead of back-to-back Dublin Aviva Stadium concerts

THOUSANDS of fans heading to Westlife’s two mega Dublin dates this weekend have been warned to check their ticket times – and that no early queues will be allowed.

The stars of When You’re Looking Like That will take to the stage at Aviva Stadium for two nights in Dublin this weekend, with thousands of fans coming from across the country to see their idols.

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Westlife will play two dates in Dublin this weekendCredit: Getty
Thousands of people will gather in Ballsbridge to listen to the iconic boyband

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Thousands of people will gather in Ballsbridge to listen to the iconic boybandCredit: Getty Images – Getty

The best-selling British and Irish band of the 21st century will gather over 100,000 fans on Friday and Saturday for their 2022 Wild Dreams Tour.

Accompanying the pop sensations for their two shows in Ballsbridge on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July, we find Soulé and Sugababes.

The gigs mark Westlife’s first shows in the capital since their Croke Park gigs in 2019.

And ahead of big shows, MCD concert conductors have issued crucial safety advisories for fans.

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OPENING TIME

Spectators are asked to check their ticket prior to the event to ensure they arrive at the exact time.

Box Office/Guest List: 4 p.m.

All other doors: 6 p.m.

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STAGE TIMES

Soulé: The Irish popstar will take the stage at 6:30 p.m.

sugababes: An iconic throwback girl group plays at 7:30 p.m.

Western life: The main act is at 8:30 p.m.

Event organizers have warned that there will be no early queuing allowed on either night.

TICKET ROUTES

For those who need to collect tickets on the day, Ticketmaster ticket offices will be located at the junction of Lansdowne Road and Northumberland Road, and at Herbert Road. Ticket offices open at 4 p.m.

Each ticket will show a color – this is key information when deciding which door to enter.

Blue Ticket entry: Upper Levels West Strand – enter through the podium entrance from Shelbourne Road.

Orange entrance ticket: West Strand Lower Tier – enter from Lansdowne Lane.

Green ticket entry: South Stand and General Permanent Admission – enter from Lansdowne Road.

Entrance purple ticket: East Stand all levels – enter via Herbert Road, accessible via Tritonville Road.

Red entrance ticket: Gold Circle A&B and Pit A&B – enter from Bath Avenue.

Concert-goers are urged to check the venue map before arriving to ensure they are entering the correct door.

A map of the main routes and entrances before the double show

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A map of the main routes and entrances before the double show

GETTING THERE

Fans will travel to the capital from across the country, so it’s important to plan your route in advance to get there and back.

MCD has warned that attendees will need to allow an additional two hours on each side of their journey due to the strict traffic measures in place.

Strict traffic cordons will be in place two hours before the event.

Form: Itineraries are available at Irish Rail website. For fans traveling from out of town, trains will take passengers to Connolly or Heuston stations. Bus and Luas lines are available to get you to the Aviva.

The Red Line Luas from Heuston station will take you to Abbey Street – get off here and board the Green Line from Marlborough Street, getting off at the Charlemont Luas stop. The walk from here to the Aviva takes about 30 minutes.

The walk from Connolly Station to Aviva Stadium takes approximately 40 minutes.

Dart: There will be additional DARTs running throughout the day.

After the concert, the Grand Canal Dock DART station will be closed – passengers are advised to board at the Lansdowne Road DART stop, located just one minute from the venue.

Bus: Timetables for routes through the city can be found on line. The closest bus lines to the Aviva are lines 4, 7, 7a, 39a, 46a, 145 and 155. Each will have a full service.

Auto: Those present are encouraged to use public transport rather than the car. Roads will be blocked near the site and there is no parking available nearby. If necessary, cars can be parked in various car parks in the city center.

Taxi: The event organizers recommend drop-off points for taxis at several locations, including the junction of Pembroke Road and Northumberland Road, or the junction of Tritonville Road and Herbert Road.

SECURITY

An Garda Siochana will have a strict traffic management plan and security operations in place to ensure two safe nights for everyone.

Spectators are requested to listen to the instructions of the stewards and not to rush towards the entrances or exits.

No backpacks are allowed on site – only A4 size bags or smaller.

Large handbags, umbrellas, glass or cans, alcohol, personal seats of any kind, selfie sticks, flares, professional cameras, removable lenses, video cameras, audio recording devices, iPads and GoPros are also prohibited.

No dressing room or storage space is available at the stadium.

Once inside, there will be absolutely no readmission to the place.

Anyone deemed unfit to enter due to the use of alcohol or drugs can and will be refused entry by security or An Garda Siochana.

All participants will be screened upon entry.

Aviva Stadium is a strictly non-smoking venue – this includes the use of e-cigarettes and vapes.

Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

The organizers of the event encourage participants to respect the residents of the residential area by avoiding littering or engaging in anti-social behavior.

ACCESSIBILITY

MCD said if circumstances have changed and the seats are no longer suitable, spectators should contact Ticketmaster through the My Account function to inquire about the availability of more suitable seats.

For anyone requiring additional assistance during the day throughout the stadium, please ask a member of staff upon arrival who will direct you to customer services, or alternatively contact the venue in advance.

WITHOUT MONEY

Cash will not be accepted at the stadium show – there will only be card payments at bars and food vendors.

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Last month, superstar Harry Styles and the iconic Eagles took to the stage at the Aviva, among the first gigs at the sports venue since before the pandemic.

Westlife are set to play two more gigs later this summer in Ireland – Páirc Uí Chaoimh will host them for a back-to-back weekend of shows on August 12 and 13.

Key information can be found on the MCD website

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Key information can be found on the MCD websiteCredit: Unknown, clear with photo office