A few years on from the Westlife madness and I'm a few years older and a bit wiser. None the less, I still think so much of the Westlife boys and what they have achieved.
I went to see them in concert at Wembley with a friend back about seven years ago. Back then, being only 15 years old, it was a dream come true.
They delivered everything you could hope for. Even now when I look back on it, they put on a really good show and still to this day recommend any fan of theirs to get to one of their shows.
As easy as it could have been to simply get on stage, grab a stool and sing for an hour non stop, this is not what happened.
They of course sung all of their hits, they had fun with the crowd, got the energy up which really is a hard thing to do when most of their songs are slow ballads.
The best bit though was for their number one hit, Flying Without Wings, they were all suspended from a crane which came out not too far above the crowd! Amazing!
And I would go an see them again!
Westlife are one of those bands who have sang covers and covers and have hit the top of the charts 11 times, considerbly 3 out of 5 of their albums have gone to Number one as well. This must say, that indeed the quality of the music must be good, and they must have some sort of loyal and consitant fanbase. Typically, the average fan is female, but male fans do also like Westlife. The fanbase for Westlife appears to be very broad and diverse - young kids, sixteen year olds, twenty years and people in their late thirties enjoy their music.
Westlife have considerably on mass released some brilliant singles. Their albums (of what i have heard) have been good and to satisfication. Always i see some great pop song, that goes perfectly with their image. Managed by Simon Cowell, Westlife have really shown that pop can be consistent and sang in different ways. They have released many albums of different genres - ballads, pop songs, rock songs and big band songs. Their songs are good, and the tracks are catchy and listenable.
The members orignally five Irish males - are Kian, Nicky, Shane, Bryan and Mark. Having won the fantastic Record Of The Year for many years in a row they do show that their singles are good, and must be selling and liked be people at the most. Westlife, contain only four members now with their latest album ''Allow Us To Be Frank'', now Kian, Nicky, Shane and Mark sing Big Band covers like ''Mack The Knife'' and ''Allow Us To Be Frank''.
The songs on their albums and their singles are very catchy, the videos are great - very different (of the ones i have seen). They have the emotion and their songs portray meaning. The songs are catchy, Westlife on mass are likeable. They have released some good singles and are a great boyband.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to see Westlife's Unbreakable tour in Cardiff... and I have to say they were excellent!! They performed favourites such as 'My Love', 'Flying Without Wings', 'Uptown Girls', and 'When You're Looking Like That'. Here's a more detailed opinion, but BE WARNED... IF YOU ARE GOING TO SEE THIS SHOW DO NOT READ ON!!!! <<< CLOTHING >>> Basically there were 4 main items of clothing on the tour... at the start they were all black and baggy, and then progressed to white, smart, and scruffy! Excellent fashion and suitable for the songs in the show.... well commended 10/10! <<< SONGS/VOICES >>> They performed excellently with only a few hitches, but mostly perfect using many different musical vocal styles! One thing was when they normally hold their voices on for a few seconds in songs... they weren't doing that so much in this show! The band used and excellent choice of songs, being all of their 11 number 1's and a few hidden extras.... like normal bands do they all sing a solo song each, the boys did this but turned it into a medley on a 60's theme and the other 4 would do a few comedy things on stage and be used as backing vocalists... songs in this medley included 'Twist & Shout' by Shane, and 'Great Balls Of Fire' by Kian! Well done on that! <<< STAGE >>> The stage... I must say was fantastic! Not just a boring couple of planks of wood stuck together with faulty nails.... but excellent, high quality, amazing things, 5 screens up the back, and platforms sticking out of the side of the stage, and the musicians set out neatly around! There were also metal barriers where the boys would sit down on a big circle platform and fly over the audience! <<< LIGHTING AND PYROTECHNICS >>> The lighting in the show was truly spectacular... over 200 lights on one stage, using man
y different patterns shining on the audience when the band would fly over!! One bad thing about the show was that many fireworks and flames were used and it's such a small hall area it was quite smokey! But the use of fireworks was once again excellent and flames weren't used that much which was a good thing! <<< OVERALL >>> Overall I do believe a LOT of effort was put into making this tour... which by the way kicked off in Cardiff to take the band all around Europe and to Asia. I extremely enjoyed the performance and so did everyone else around me! Much commendation to everyone who helped to make this show what it was because I was absoloutely astounded by the show and would recommend it to anyone.... tour dates seen below:- APRIL 13 Cardiff CIA Arena 14 Cardiff CIA Arena 15 Cardiff CIA Arena 16 London Docklands 17 London Docklands 21 Stuttgart 22 Nuremburg 27 Zurich 29 Cologne 30 Brussels MAY 1 Rotterdam 3 Munich 4 Frankfurt 5 Hannover 6 Hamburg 8 Copenhagen 9 Olso 10 Stockholm 12 Gothemburg 15 Nottingham Arena 16 Nottingham Arena 19 Belfast Odyssey 20 Belfast Odyssey 21 Belfast Odyssey (Afternoon Matinee) Belfast Odyssey (Evening Performance) 23 Glagow SECC 24 Glasgow SECC 27 Birmingham NEC Arena 28 Birmingham NEC Arena 29 Birmingham NEC Arena 31 Birmingham NEC Arena (Afternoon Matinee) Birmingham NEC Arena (Evening Performance) JUNE 1 Birmingham NEC Arena 3 London Wembley 4 London Wembley 5 London Wembley 7 London Wembley 8 London Wembley 10 Manchester Evening News 11 Manchester Evening News 12 Manchester Evening News 14 Manchester Evening News 15 Manchester Evening News 17 Belfast Odyssey 18 Belfast Odyssey 19 Belfast Odyssey 21 Belfast Odyssey (Afternoon Matinee) Belfast Odyssey (Ev
ening Performance) 22 Belfast Odyssey 24 Belfast Odyssey 25 Belfast Odyssey 27 Dublin Lansdown Road Stadium 28 Dublin Lansdown Road Stadium
i must admit, i was quite reluctant to go and see westlife in concert as they are just a teeny bopper band, but wow was i shocked we went to see them at wembely, the first time i had actually been to wembely, and we were no where near the front, but that did not matter. Westlife gave a fantastic stage performance, as as they belted out my favourites such as seasons in the sun, flying without wings, i fell well and completly for them! And all i could do was scream along with all the 12 year olds! For a finale, they sun Flying without wings (one of my very favourites) and they climbed on a cgae which travelled down the centreof the stadium! Highlights of the night were; seeing jamie theakston and joley richardson getting a wave and a blown kiss from nicky and seeing bryan boot a cuddly toy into the audince which someone had thrown on stage!
The lights are low, the screams are piercing, and thousands of stomping feet send tremours round the arena. In the middle of Earls Count Arena, is a small circular stage, with 5 large globes resting on it, and at 5 additional points round the stage, is a 'balcony'. In the centre of the stage is a slightly raised circular platform, with 5 triangular ramps leading up to it, so that from above it formed the shape of a star. In the sections between the ramps, the band could just be seen poking out of the gaps. A 4-sided screen is hung above the centre platform near the ceiling to see the live close-ups shots on camera. As the music starts up, the screaming gets even louder, and the globes rise up above the stage open up to reveal Shane, Mark, Nicky, Bryan and Kian... and each of them has a world of their own! Very clever! They drop down onto the stage supported by wire harnesses. As they burst energically into their title track, 'World Of Our Own', the 5 globes rise fully to the ceiling, where they remain. The lads are dressed all in black, with the focal piece of clothing being a long, black, leather coat with red flarey bits at the bottom. The dancing to 'World Of Our Own' wasn't as dynamic as many of their TV performances, but it was good to see them pulling a fair few moves. Following a rapturous applause, they then launched into their latest single 'Bop Bop Baby' which did indeed have the whole audience bopping! Next it was onto the slightly more ballad-like 'Why Do I Love You'. By the time they got to the more upbeat chorus of this one, they were clearly more relaxed and enjoying their first night in London very much. All the time they're singing, they move around the circular stage, either individually and singing in the balconies, or in groups of 2 or more so that the whole audience are given a fair chance at marvelling over these gorgeous guys equally! The next song of the show is the ve
ry 'different', yet original song, 'Bad Girls', with the very apt line "that makes me want to sweat" - by now all the members of the band were absolutely dripping with sweat. In my opinion it made them all the more sexy! This had a fantastic dance routine and a fair bit of hip thrusting from Bryan which send the arena wild... I certainly wasn't complaining and unsuprisingly no-one else appeared to me either. At the end of the song they went off-stage for a costume change. In the mean-time, the video screens showed pre-recorded footage of the guys in their boxers, changing into their next outfits - tuxedoes. It was only early into the show and the producers had already worked out several ways to bring several thousands of girls out in hot flushes, and we loved it! At this point I have to admit a very strong love of guys in suits, so when Shane (my favourite) came on stage with the rest of the lads, I was in 7th heaven. Having lapped up the great appreciation of the tuxedoes from the audience, the ever-familiar "oh oh oh oh oh oh oh" of 'Uptown Girl' was heard. This was a song that everyone knew, and Westlife could barely be heard over the croonings of the audience. There was a real sense that they enjoyed performing this track - there were clear smiles on their faces, especially when Shane pointed the microphone at the audience, promting us to sing the chorus at the top of our lungs. It must have been an amazing feeling for them; the enthusiasm of the crowd during this even sent shivers down my spine. The show then recame reminiscent of last year's, with the mood slowing, whilst 'What Makes A Man' started to be sung, with them all sitting on the raised centre platform - a crafty substitute for their trademark stools. After the first chorus, the tune moved faultlessly into their first single, and their first number 1, 'Swear It Again'. Whilst it may be their oldest song, it was great
to hear it again. Before we could get too too attached, they moved back into 'What Makes A Man', before sliding into a few verses and choruses of 'If I Let You Go' which has always made me cry, yet in a happy way, so I really enjoyed it. Whilst the guys took a quick moment to have a drink, Bryan introduced the next song, 'Angel' as a piano rose out of the centre platform, and Kian took his place on the stool. All the others gathered round the piano, and a hot Bryan took of his jacket, and sang the melody perfectly. A song like 'Angel' is a hard one to sing, with some very high notes, and it just proved that Westlife really do have talent, especially to sing songs like that live. Next it was a quick costume change, with 5 or so scantily clad dancers bridging the gap a bit. It didn't do anything for me, but it's what you come to expect of boyband concerts. Probably to console the not-so-happy looking boyfriends who take their girlfriends to see the show. Back on the stage, with each member dressed in a different coloured suit (mmm, suits!) - Shane in a hideous orange one, the rest in subtle blues and purples, Mark warbles away to a song he co-wrote, 'Imaginary Diva'. As is Mark's trademark, he improvised the song's melody and rhythm, and not too well. I don't like the song at the best of times, and this one just made me cringe. All the same, he looked to be loving it, and the others were happily accepting roses and Irish flag scarves off members of the audience, and dancing round the stage with them. Although a small gesture, I thought it was fantastic of them to have such interaction and I'm sure it made the night even more special for those few lucky people. I even saw Nicky stretching far over the balcony to reach a flag some girl was trying to throw to him, but he kept missing. Next time he ended up by the same balcony, he tried again, and eventually gave up. They really se
emed to appreciate and respect the fans that night. Next up was 'If Your Heart's Not In It'. This made me laugh so much. At the line "the distance between us is growing too wide (wide)" which Shane sings, the repeated "wide" is miraculously heard without anyone else moving their lips. He stops, shrugs his shoulders, pulls a confused face, pauses, sings the next line and it happens again! He looks bemused, pauses again, and then carries on... he looked so cute, bless him! Having finished the song, they go off stage for another costume change. Oh My God! Dressed in white t-shirts, leather biker jackets and faded jeans (short little Shane had has his turned up - aww), they burst into Elvis' 'Jailhouse Rock' (50s), 'Baby Love' (60s), 'Brown Eyed Girl' (70s) and 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (80s). I have to admit that being 18, all these were popular before I was born, but I know most the choruses. Most the younger members of the audience seemed pretty lost, but had a good laugh at the outfits nevertheless. Back for another costume change, and this time the video screens showed some very strange watercolours, scenic lakes, and a man in Baroque period costume playing a harpsichord. Needless to say, there were many baffled faces. All was nearly explained when Westlife came back onto the stage in similar Baroque costumes, to sing 'Queen Of My Heart', another hit with the audience. Before singing their next song, it was declared that someone would be chosen from the audience to sing with them. Unsuprisingly it was a tiny girl called Emily, who got absolutely doted on by Bryan who looked after her through the song. The song in question was 'My Love', where 6 stools were brought out (yup, one for Emily) and she was given a microphone so she could sing along too. Bryan ended up standing next to her singing the words into her ear, and at one point, the rest of them went quiet so she
could sing a whole chorus by herself. The audience were suprisingly quiet, with 'awwww's circulating, and given the fact that she was singing with her favourite band, in front of thousand of people, she did fantastically! At the end, Bryan asked her for a kiss, which she of course gave him, then the other 4 lined up for one too... lucky, lucky girl! 'Flying Without Wings' was introduced as the next and final song of the night. Last year they literally flew out over the audience whilst singing this, but this year the platform in the centre of the stage rose up high as they were singing it. Suprisingly, they didn't extend their arms in a flying motion as is synonymous with this song... too many people hit in the face last year I suspect! With sad faces, we watched them drop finally drop down into the stage at the end of the show. What a great night. But wait!! The lights didn't go up!! Could they be returning? Some people obviously thought not, and hurried out to beat the rush. Everyone else blew their whistled, screamed their lungs out, and chanted "Westlife, Westlife". We stopmed out feet, faster and faster, and eventually the 5 guys literally pinged up from the stage, to sing one of my favourite songs, 'I Cry', wearing glitsy white suits. The actual final song of the night was the dancey, boppy, can't-help-singing song, 'When You're Looking Like That'. For their final trick, they each flew out over the audience, doing somersaults, and falling down towards the audience, their hands outstretched to try and grab those of the fans, but of course they couldn't quite reach. How teasing! The concert finally ended in Westlife leaving the stage to some huge bangs and fireworks. The lights went out, and my 2-hour world of Westlife was over. It went so quickly, I wanted them to come back... I could have listened on for hours, still singing, still screaming until my throat finally did go raw. But
instead I reluctantly left my seat, my ears ringing, and barely being able to hear the people talking around me. I looked to my friend next to me to ask what she thought of the show, but no words came out... it must have been a great show - I'd lost my voice! The next day, my voice returned, hoarse and soar. But it was worth every bit of pain. This was probably the best concert I had seen so far, and it definately topped last year's gig. So would I go back? You bet... I can't wait!!!
WOW! That was what I felt like shouting at the end of the concert. Westlife far exceeded my expectations and I would definitely watch them again, but how did the concert open? The doors of the MEN arena opened at 6.00p.m. But who would want to get there that early I don't know. The concert was due to start at 7.30 p.m. and I had no idea who was going to be supporting them. I always go and listen to the supporting acts as well as the main artist primarily because I want to get my monies worth, although I must admit most support acts aren't worth turning up for. Before making our way to our seats we went to get some refreshments. They always check your bag at the MEN and not only are you not allowed to bring in any photographic equipment you can't take any drinks in either. For the first time, guess what? they didn't check my bag! But as I didn't stash anything in it I had to buy a drink at the arena. They were going to charge £1.60 for a 75ml coke and £2 for a bag of Starburst. Being the tight**** that I am I refused to pay it. I did buy a Vodka Kick though at £3, if I was going to be ripped off I might as well do it in style! I didn't buy any merchandise as the T-Shirts were priced around £16, you could get other items for £5 which included those foam hands with Westlife written on them. When we got to our seats the arena was quite empty and I wondered if it was going to liven up. The ticket touts were doing their usual business outside and I was surprised to see people turning up without tickets and buying them on the night. I can never quite understand this unless were talking about the likes of Michael Jackson or Madonna but obviously some people are still prepared to pay over the odds for tickets. I actually bought mine off our beloved ebay for £39.00 for 2 tickets! (Didn't she do well!) the tickets were on the very front row of block 102 about 20 feet from the stage and the closest I have ever been. You could act
ually see their faces, their features, their cute little bums! (sorry) Previously all the concerts I have been to at the MEN were end stage concerts. Westlife's concert was different, it was 'in the round' this meant that the stage was in the centre of the arena and therefore meant that everyone was actually closer to the Group. I don't suppose you can do this with a solo artist, as they can't be everywhere at once. A five-piece group is different; they can all be positioned so that each corner of the arena has their own little member of Westlife performing for them. Here's how it all kicked off: A Manchester girl who was to sing a couple of songs for us introduced the evening. I am sorry to say that I have never heard of her and I still can't remember her name! I know that's a bit sad but we weren't actually there to listen to her. She tried to warm up the crowd as best as she could and as the stage was 'in the round' it was rather difficult for her to keep everyone's attention. To be fair she didn't have a bad voice but unfortunately she didn't make a lasting impression. Otherwise I would be sat here telling you all about the songs she sang, but I can't remember them! Next came a group called 'six' very similar to steps and they had 3 boys and 3 girls. They were a very energetic group and the dance routines were very well choreographed. Apparently they are the winners of the Irish Popstars and their debut single had become the fastest selling in Irish History. They are managed by Louis Walsh who is the pop svengali behind Samantha Mumba, Boyzone and surprisingly enough, Westlife! Their numbers were your typical pop/dance and certainly got the crowd to their feet. Things were beginning to liven up! The tension was mounting as the time was drawing near for Westlife to explode on to stage. A few of us had heard about what to expect for the opening song and w
e weren't disappointed. Situated around the arena were 5 large shapes covered with black cloth. As the intro started the cloths were lifted off to revel 5 globes. They were hoisted in to the air above the crowd and everyone was going wild. Then a door opened in each of the globes to present the members of the group. They were spectacularly lowered down on to the stage and the globes stayed above. The intro was of course 'World Of Our Own' and they certainly were. They were all wearing very long black and red leather jackets and I can remember thinking how hot they must have been. Well hot was definitely the word for it, how old are these guys anyway? I am sure I am too old for them (damn) My daughter is 8 and we were having the conversation about which one we fancied most, she went for Kian and I went for Mark. I am sure I didn't have these conversations with my mum when I was 8. Anyway they sang 'Why Do I Love You' and 'Bad Girls' before descending underground. Bad Girls was a really catchy tune and it seems that everyone wanted to be Westlife's Bad Girls for the night. I have to confess I hadn't heard this song before, as I haven't many of the others. In fact I don't even own a Westlife CD, thats why I was so impressed by the whole experience. I had no preconceptions of what it would be like. The only reason I was at the concert was because the tickets were cheep and it was a treat for my daughter's birthday. They had a dress change and up on the screen while we were waiting was a video clip of the lads getting changed in their dressing room. It kept everyone occupied for a while and then they came up from the centre of the stage dressed in Black dinner suits. They kicked off with 'Uptown Girl' and went on to thank everyone for raising so much money for charity. They also sung 'Swear It Again and 'If I Let You Go' before disappearing once again. When they next appe
ared on stage one of them took to the Piano and Bryan dedicated the next song 'Angel' to his wife and baby. How sweet! At each interval we were entertained by some scantily clad dancers (female may I add) and they danced with the boys on some of the numbers, one of which was 'Imaginary Diva' this again had everyone up dancing and clapping and thoroughly enjoying themselves. Before another costume change they finished off with 'If Your Hearts Not In It' I really enjoyed the next set as they all came out wearing leather biker jackets and jumped in to a medley of up beat songs. Jailhouse Rock was first off followed by Build Me Up Buttercup (if that's the right title) then came Brown Eyed Girl, Starting Something and the classic Bohemian Rhapsody. By now everyone was jigging in his or her seats and even us oldies could sing along to some well known tunes. 'Queen Of My Heart' always chokes me a little as my husband says it reminds him of our daughter, but the best was yet to come. They plucked a little girl from the crowd and she must have only been 4 or 5 years old and she promptly sat on the stool in front of all those thousands of people and started singing. The song was 'My Love' and she appeared to know every word! It brought a tear to my eye. How she must have felt being on stage with a band she clearly loved must have been overwhelming and an experience I am sure she will never forget. After that everything seemed a bit hazy and I think it was at that point that they said their goodbyes and thanked us all for being a wonderful audience. We all knew they would be back after another quick costume change as they hadn't yet sung the classic 'Flying Without Wings' We all stamped our feet and shouted more! (How old am I?) And the boys did us proud and came back to sing it along with 'When Your Looking Like That' As quick as it all begun they disappeared down in to the cen
tre of the stage leaving us with tingling in our hearts and ringing in our ears. I did try and sneak out without buying a programme as they were £8 but unfortunately you couldn't avoid them and after a barrage of please mums' I gave in. Thanks for a great night lads, I was very impressed! I have tried to be as accurate as I can in my op but it was hard work trying to remember everything, please forgive me if you remember something I haven't, I just hope I've got the titles of the songs right!
Thanks to Jo1, I am now an Ebay addict, and much to my delight I managed to successfully bid for 4 tickets to their concert at Newcastle Arena on Monday 29th April, at the end of a colossal 5 night run run, and for the bargain price of £20 per ticket, compared to £25 from the box office. I went to the concert with my friend and her two daughters aged 6 and 14, and was probably more excited than them. To be truthful, I think I have reverted to being a teenager, and as much as I try to like so called credible music, I am drawn to Westlife and Gareth Gates. Arriving at the venue, as always I was amazed at the cross section of people who were here to see the loveable Irish guys. We decided that the support group Six (yes there were 6, 3 boys, 3 girls, and very much like Steps), were not really our cup of tea, so we decided to have a look at the merchandise. I was pleasantly surprised to see that unlike many other concerts the prices were not extortionate. The most popular items seemed to be cowboy hats with a big W on the front priced at £5, or headbands with flashing W's attached to them, again priced at what I thought was a reasonable £5. Becoming more excited we headed for our seats, and I was amazed when we were shown to some excellent seats only 5 rows from the stage. The concert was 'in the round' where the stage is in the middle, so pretty much everyone gets a good view, but 5 rows from the front would have been too much to hope for when I bid for the tickets. At 8:45pm, the lights went down, and five globes which were on the stage were slowly winched into the air, and then out above the audience. The screaming was a deafening levels, and many of the youngers fans were so frenzied I worried for them!! We had guessed by now that the each band member was in one of the globes, and everyone was desperate to see if their favourite was above them. Then the fronts of the globes fell off to reveal each member of Westlife. Above us w
ere Nicky to the left, and the eternally grinning Kian to the right. In a split second, the globes were pulled back to reveal that the band were on harnesses, and they were winched over the crowd, and down on the stage where the launched into an amazing opener, 'World Of Our Own'. In the middle of the show, they all donned jeans and leather jackets to sing a medley of 'Jailhouse Rock', 'Build Me Up Buttercup', Brown Eyed Girl', 'Wanna Be Startin Somethin', ending with 'Bohemian Rhapsody', and it was much better than it sounds, and the noise from the crowd showed their appreciation as the noise certainly went up a few decibels. There was a good mix of tracks from all 3 albums, and the highlights for me were 'Angel', a cover of a Sarah McLachlan track, and their new single 'Bop Bop Baby', and obviously 'Flying Without Wings', where the band ditched the usual 'floating frame', and stood in the middle of the stage whilst it went up into the air. Then they announced that they had had a brilliant night, and they were off, but we all knew they would be back, and after a couple of minutes, they appeared back on stage for another 2 songs, with the finale being 'When You're Lookin Like That', complete with all 5 guys on hoists, doing gymnastics above the crowd whilst singing. It was truly an amazing sight, and a superb performance. There were many costume changes, but the gaps were filled with short performances from the band's raunchy dancers. The costumes were very theatrical, as was the whole show, and it became more of a performance rather than some guys standing on stage singing. There were times when Bryan sounded that he was really pushing his voice, but I later discovered he is actually becoming quite hoarse, and is using a plum potion to help sooth his throat. A brilliant night was had by all, and I am now a devoted fan an
d proud of it!! There seems to be no stopping Westlife, they moved straight onto a 4 night stand at Sheffield, and then onto 5 nights at Glasgow, followed by 4 nights and Manchester and Birmingham, ending up with 4 nights at London's Earls Court, before going back to do some concerts in Belfast and Dublin. The new single 'Bop Bop Baby' is out on 17th May, and for up to date news on the band, check out www.westlife.co.uk.
Westlife is the most amazing concert i have ever been to . I guess they are one of those bands that you either love or hate, and i love them. They had everything, from changes of clothes, effects and amzing songs. It was the right length. Not too long but long enough. THey played every song you have heard of plus more. Just at the end when everyone thought it was finished they came back out on a specially construced mechanism right out over the stage so we could get a close up of them. In one song they all wore white and had the stage filled with candles. They also had dancers on the stage. GEnerally this was an incredible concert and even my friends who dont like westlife much thought it was amazing. A concert for everyone!!!
What else can I say, other than WOW!?! I went to this concert, really worried that it was going to be rubbish. I was particularly worried because I was the one who persuaded my friends to go and, since we booked the tickets over a year ago, they had both gone off them. However, I needn’t have worried because they were fantastic and they put on a show that I’ll never forget! They really showed themselves to be the talented performers that they are. Any critics that they have had over the past couple of years have been proved wrong. Westlife have talent, they can sing, they are not Boyzone wannabes and they can dance. It’s true...they really can! The show opened with ‘Dreams Come True’ as the boys swung onto the stage. Wearing white and silver space suits, they launched straight into a dance routine that most bands would be proud of and showed that they can dance as well as sing. They worked their way effortlessly through songs from both their first and latest album, including all of their number ones hits (excluding ‘Against All Odds’). Singing every track live, I don’t think they slipped up once (apart from a couple of times when Mark tried a few too many vocal aerobics). Not once did they go near a stool, never mind sit on one! The crowd was never quiet. Perhaps they were once, when Nicky sang what has to be the worst track from the second album, ‘You Make Me Feel.’ If Nicky got into the band singing like he does in this track then I worry for the talent of the Irish. However, there were no slip ups at all as the boys eased their way through a fully live two hour performance. The guys looked at their best as well which added to the atmosphere (except maybe for Mark who seems to have gained a couple of stone and lost most of his hair!) Bryan has shaped up really well since they first came onto the scene. He’s shed a couple of stone and the new hair cut definitely complements his over
all look. Likewise, now that Nicky’s cut off his long, lank locks, he’s back to stud-muffin standard. Three costume changes later, the boys announced that they had enjoyed the night (which was obvious from the smiles on their faces) and they left. Everyone knew that this was not the end though and, unsurprisingly, minutes later (after ear-piercing screams of ‘Westlife, Westlife’) the boys re-emerged all dressed in white. This was for the encore, and what an encore it was. After singing their new single, ‘I Lay My Love On You,’ the boys geared themselves up for the finale, ‘Flying Without Wings.’ Strapped to a huge metal grid, the boys moved out over the audience, smiling and waving at their adoring fans. Obviously loving every minute of it, they sang like they’d never sung before to give a perfect end to a perfect evening. Overall, a magical time was had by all (even those who didn’t want to come in the first place enjoyed it)! Although the tickets were pricey, the concert was definitely great value for money. If you have tickets to see them on this tour then enjoy; if you don’t enjoy it, then there must be something wrong with you! If you haven’t got tickets then make sure you get some next time around, I know that I’ll be camping out to make sure I get the best seats possible! (I just have to add that, although I have put Mark down during this op, he performed well and was still extremely cute throughout! Shane was fantastic as always and Kian was, well, he was Kian!)