Westlife announce first UK tour in seven years to mark the group's 20th anniversary

Westlife have announced that they’ll be heading out on a UK and Ireland tour next year to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Nearly two weeks after the band confirmed they’d be getting back together to release new music – well, minus Brian McFadden, who left the band in 2004 anyway – more details of the reunion tour have been confirmed, which will be the band’s first live dates together since 2012.

Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan will all be back for The Twenty Tour, which will see the band perform new songs alongside a selection of their greatest hits, as well as the promise that they’ll play all 14 of their UK No.1 hits during the show too.

That means we can definitely expect to hear the likes of ‘You Raise Me Up’, ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Flying Without Wings’ on the setlist – and we’re hoping for a rendition of their performance of ‘Uptown Girl’ too.

The ‘Twenty Tour’ kicks off in Belfast on May 25, 2019 and runs until July 5, 2019 with a performance in Dublin’s Croke Park.

The full run of dates is as follows:

  • Saturday, May 25 – Belfast SSE Arena
  • Sunday, May 26 – Belfast SSE Arena
  • Thursday, May 30 – Manchester Arena
  • Friday, May 31 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
  • Monday, June 3 – Glasgow The SSE Hydro
  • Friday, June 7 – Sheffield Fly DSA Arena
  • Monday, June 10 – Leeds First Direct Arena
  • Thursday, June 13 – London The O2
  • Tuesday, June 18 – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
  • Friday, June 21 – Birmingham Arena
  • Tuesday, June 25 – Liverpool Echo Arena
  • Friday, July 5 – Dublin Croke Park

Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster when pre-sale for the tour kicks off at 9am on Tuesday, October 23, with general sale starting at 9am on Thursday, October 25.

Fans that pre-order a copy of the new Westlife album from the official store before 12pm on Monday (October 22) will also be given a pre-sale code for early access tickets.

The band are hoping to emulate Take That’s success with their comeback, with Shane telling The Sun: “If it was just for the money, the option to tour and make a load of cash was always going to be there but we all sat down and agreed we just didn’t want to do that.

“We wanted to go and do new music, and honestly the two people who could make it happen were Steve Mac and Ed Sheeran. We thought, ‘If we can get them, we hear they might be interested, then this is the way to take Westlife on, the way Take That came back’.

“They were nearly better the second time round than they were the first. And that’s where our ambition is.”

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