Westlife comes home for Christmas.
The Irish pop group, made up of Nicky Bryne, Shane Filan, Mark Feehily and Kian Egan, announced their first indoor shows in Dublin on Friday (September 16) in over 11 years at the 3Arena.
“We will be playing two intimate shows at Dublin’s 3Arena on December 20 and 21, 2022,” read the band’s Twitter post.
The shows are titled “Home For Christmas – All The Hits,” Westlife continued, adding, “There really is no place like home, especially at Christmas, and we can’t wait to see you there!”
The band, who have achieved 14 UK number one singles and eight number one albums, have spent the summer touring the UK and Ireland to promote their latest album. Wild dreams.
The tour also included the band’s first ever performance at Wembley Stadium last month on August 6.
In an interview ahead of their first Wembley outing, Byrne reflected on the band’s history, saying the Irish band’s hiatus had led to “two completely different bands”.
The group disbanded in 2012 after 14 successful years, before reuniting in 2018.
Speaking of the changes he’s witnessed since the band formed in 1998, including the departure of 42-year-old Brian McFadden in 2004, Byrne told the PA news agency: “To be honest with you, it’s is weird, I think we’re actually like two different bands.
“Obviously we’re the same people, and all those hit songs that we had in our early years are fundamental to our continued careers. However, we had a seven-year sabbatical in the middle of it all and I think we all grew up during that time.
“We got together when we were kids, we did 14 years in a row, we lost Brian after five years, then we had eight years without Brian, people forget it was so long after Brian, that we we didn’t stop.
“And then when we broke up in 2012, we literally looked into each other’s eyes, and we were like, this is it.”
He added: “Then when we were all ready to come back to the group, we all had a different approach to how we saw Westlife 2.0.”
Westlife’s wild dreams The tour will span Asia and the Middle East, before returning to the UK for a full series of arena dates.
Last week the band announced they would be adding more tickets for their four shows at the SSE Arena in Belfast, also from December 15.
Tickets for the Dublin and Belfast performances are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.ie. In addition to regular tickets, VIP packages are also available.
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