Westlife

Westlife fans in a ‘world of their own’ after Cork gigs

SOME of Cork’s most diehard Westlife fans say they are still buzzing after the well-received performances of band Páirc Uí Chaoimh over the weekend.

The boy band spent two nights in Leeside as part of their Wild Dreams Tour which saw a total of 80,000 music lovers flock to their gigs over the course of two days.

Dublin band Wild Youth and British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé performed as the opening act before the band opened with one of their most popular Starlight numbers.

Victoria Piper, who has followed the group since childhood, was one of the few to attend both concerts.

As far back as she can remember, the 29-year-old said she always put the band first.

“I remember going to my Irish oral, having lost my voice because I had been to the concert two days before. Westlife always came first, no matter what.

The concerts brought back fond memories for Victoria who kept her tickets as a memento from each concert.

“There was a year when my family wanted to take me on a Disney cruise but I declined because it ran into a Westlife concert I wanted to attend. It would have been the vacation of my life, but still today today, I have no regrets.

Cork Westlife super fan Victoria Piper enjoying the Westlife concert last Saturday with her friend Jayde. The pals attended both gigs with Victoria saying she will never stop supporting the band

Victoria said she had attended over 20 concerts in her lifetime so far.

“My friend Jayde, who accompanied me to both concerts on Friday and Saturday night, said that she preferred the second concert, but for me, all the Westlife concerts I have attended have been just as incredible as the last.”

Victoria’s mum Michelle, who attended Friday night’s concert, has always been supportive of her passion.

“She will always pat the shoulder of the person in front of her and apologize in advance for my shouting,” she laughed.

“I can never hold on when they go on stage. When the band came to Croke Park in 2019, we went to see them. The second night we went to Mahon Point where the concert was being screened and saw them again.