This week Irish superstar’s Westlife took to Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena for two sold out shows. Playing 20 years worth of hits, it wasn’t a gig to be missed for anyone looking for a night of nostalgia and sing a-long bangers.
First up on support is 15 year old Nashville singer Keelie Walker. It’s hard to believe Keelie is just a teen as she bounces onto the stage and oozes confidence in front of the Liverpool crowd. On her last trip to the UK Keelie supported Jason Derulo and it’s no doubt her career will continue to flourish. Playing a set full of dance moves, energy and her single ‘Not You’ due for release July 5th Keelie got the crowd buzzing for what was to come.
Next up were three piece sibling group The Rua. Bringing a mix of vocals, piano, guitar and violin the trio gave a fantastic performance that was a great warm up for Westlife. It’s clear that the band are classically trained as they give a stunning performance with Jonathans vocals shining through. They will certainly be getting added to my playlist this summer.
After seven years apart, Westlife are back and they are bigger and better than ever. Kicking off the night with their single ‘Hello My Love’ and huge westlife tune ‘Swear It Again’. It’s safe to say the evening was full of their greatest hits and built a huge promise of a future filled with more Westlife.
Fear not, it may be some time on but the set was not short of costumes, typical boy band dance moves, poses held way too long and of course four stools, one of which had been be-jazzled by the Westlife kids.
The production of the show, full of confetti cannons, fire and pyrotechnics was spectacular. A gigantic LED stage brought a great modern twist with an impressive mix of graphics. Despite being in one of Liverpool’s largest venues, the night really gave a sense of closeness like you were sitting in an Irish pub watching. Each of the lads took a turn in having a chat with the audience along with some banter and a debate about whether or not to sing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
Whilst they played a fantastic megamix of Queen songs, the best part of this concert was Westlife doing what they do best with their classic hits, harmonies and overall cheese. With a new album on the way, i’m excited to see how Westlife develop in the years to come!
Words by Georgia Flynn.
Support Photography by Andy Tatt.