Tour Preview: An Irish Summer with Boyzone & Westlife

An Irish Summer with Boyzone & Westlife

If you fancy reliving your teens this summer or simply enjoying a, hopefully, balmy summer night of music then these are the gigs for you. Both Westlife and Boyzone have special tour dates this summer in a variety of unusual venues across the UK. Boyzone have not long wrapped their ‘Brother’ tour, their first since the tragic loss of band member Stephen Gately, while Westlife have just completed the final dates of their hugely successful ‘Gravity’ tour.

A week before Westlife, Boyzone’s tour arrived at Glasgow’s SECC on 12th March. The Brother tour was always going to be a difficult one for the band and fans alike but it paid tribute to their missing band mate whilst still providing a great night out. Boyzone have never been able to challenge the crossover appeal of Take That yet their successful back catalogue sells itself and their last album Brother provides a wealth of strong material for the building blocks of this enjoyable tour.

Westlife’s Gravity tour hit the SECC on 19th March and they never fail to disappoint their fans. After 12 years together Westlife still put on an incredibly show packed with energy and this year’s was certainly a master class in why they are so successful. Any group that can effortlessly turn their hand to Rihanna, Coldplay, the Kaiser Chiefs and the Black Eyed Peas while slotting it seamlessly into their own extensive back catalogue is undeniably talented. They had the audience in the palm of their hand all night and begging for more by the end.

If you fancy some Irish fun this summer you can check out Boyzone or Westlife at any one of these outdoor venues:

Westlife Summer 2011 Dates
10th June - Hampton Court Palace
19th June - The Isle of Man festival
9th July - Live at the Marquee in Cork
15th July – Thetford Forest
16th July – Westonbirt Arboretum
23rd July – Hamilton Racecourse with special guests Wonderland

Boyzone Summer 2011 Dates
6th Aug – Hopetoun House, Edinburgh with special guests The Saturdays
7th Aug – Lytham Green, Lancashire
27th Aug – Northern Meeting Park, Inverness with special guest Shayne Ward

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