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01st Nov 2019

Dubliners disappointed as Westlife announce massive summer stadium tour

Darragh Murphy

Westlife have announced a huge stadium tour for next summer but Dublin does not feature on the list of planned destinations.

On Friday morning, the popular Irish boyband released dates and venues for their 2020 summer tour but hopeful Dubliners were left disappointed.

14 new concerts were announced by Westlife, adding to the group’s previously revealed summer plans to perform at Cork’s Parc Ui Chaoimh and London’s Wembley Stadium.

Kian, Nicky, Mark and Shane will take to the stage in Norwich, Peterborough, Cardiff, Falkirk, Inverness, Southampton, Plymouth, Colwyn Bay, Hull, Colchester, Gloucester, Leicester, Kent and Durham.

But the lack of Dublin date didn’t sit well with many fans here who missed out on tickets to the pair of shows in Cork next August, meaning Irish fans will have to travel to England, Scotland or Wales to catch the group in action.

Judging by the comments from Westlife’s long-time manager, Louis Walsh, Dubliners will have to wait until 2021 for the group’s return to Ireland’s capital.

He told RSVP Live: “They are just going to do Cork [next year], I think. Two gigs there and then maybe something in Dublin the year after.

“That is why they are making themselves scarce. They are not going to flog themselves and the album is good.”

Westlife’s new album, Spectrum, is scheduled to be released on 15 November and will include singles Hello My Love, Better Man, Dynamite and My Blood.

The group’s first album in eight years will also feature collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Steve Mac, and James Bay.