Greatest Hits Tour (Westlife)

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Greatest Hits Tour
Poster Westlife GreatestHits.jpg
Promotional poster for tour
Tour by Westlife
Associated album Greatest Hits
Start date 22 February 2012 (2012-02-22)
End date 23 June 2012 (2012-06-23)
Legs 2
Shows 33 in Europe
8 in Asia
41 Total
Westlife concert chronology
Gravity Tour
(2011)
Greatest Hits Tour
(2012)

The Greatest Hits Tour (also known as The Farewell Tour)[1] was the twelfth and final concert tour by Irish boy band, Westlife. The tour, visited the Europe and Asia and supported the group's compilation album, Greatest Hits. After the tour finished, the group disbanded after performing for 14 years.[2]

The last show, on 23 June 2012 was aired live via satellite from Croke Park, Dublin to cinemas all across Europe.[3] Delayed screenings will be shown in cinemas in Indonesia, Australia, and South Africa in July and August 2012.[3] The encore was also shown again in select cinemas across UK on 26 June 2012.[3] Each member of the band made £2,000,000 from the tour after tax.

Background[edit]

In October 2011, the group revealed plans for the release of a compilation album, spanning their entire career.[4] Many media outlets speculated the band would tour the album. An official announcement was made on 18 October 2011, a mere week after ending their previous tour in Southeast Asia.[5] On the statement released on the group's website, it reported they would perform all 14 of their number one hits along with other favourites. After announcing the tour, tabloids rumoured the band would break-up after their tour was done.[6] On 20 October 2011, the members of the band made an official announcement of their disbanding.[7] They responded:

"We see the greatest hits collection and the farewell tour as the perfect way to celebrate our incredible career along with our fans. We are really looking forward to getting out on the tour and seeing our fans one last time. We would like to thank our fans who have been with us on this amazing journey and are part of our family too. We never imagined when we started out in 1998 that 14 years later we would still be recording, touring and having hits together. It has been a dream come true for all of us."[8]

Opening acts[edit]

Setlist[edit]

  1. "What About Now"
  2. "What Makes a Man"
  3. "My Love"
  4. "Safe"
  5. "Uptown Girl"
  6. "If I Let You Go"
  7. "Queen of My Heart"
  8. "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"
  9. Medley:
    1. "I Gotta Feeling"
    2. "Party Rock Anthem"
    3. "Sex on Fire"
    4. "Don't Cha"
    5. "Let Me Entertain You"
    6. "Bohemian Rhapsody"
  10. "When You're Looking Like That"
  11. "Mandy"
  12. "Seasons in the Sun"
  13. "Swear It Again"
  14. "Home"
  15. "You Raise Me Up"
Encore
  1. "World of Our Own"
  2. "Flying Without Wings"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Asia[13][14]
22 February 2012 Beijing China MasterCard Center
24 February 2012 Hangzhou Yellow Dragon Gymnasium
25 February 2012 Shanghai Shanghai Grand Stage
26 February 2012 Shenzhen Shen-Zhen-Wan Sports Centre
28 February 2012 Wuhan Hongshan Gymnasium
1 March 2012 Chengdu Sichuan Provincial Gymnasium
2 March 2012 Guangzhou Guangzhou Gymnasium
3 March 2012 Hong Kong Hong Kong AWE Hall 10
Europe[15]
10 May 2012 Cardiff Wales Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
12 May 2012 London England The O2 Arena
13 May 2012 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
14 May 2012 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
15 May 2012 Liverpool Echo Arena
17 May 2012 Cardiff Wales Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
18 May 2012
19 May 2012 Sheffield England Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
20 May 2012 Birmingham LG Arena
22 May 2012 Nottingham Capital FM Arena Notthingham
23 May 2012 London The O2 Arena
24 May 2012
26 May 2012 Manchester Manchester Arena
27 May 2012 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
29 May 2012 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
30 May 2012
1 June 2012
2 June 2012
4 June 2012 Birmingham England LG Arena
5 June 2012 Nottingham Capital FM Arena Nottingham
7 June 2012 London The O2 Arena
8 June 2012 Birmingham LG Arena
9 June 2012 Manchester Manchester Arena
11 June 2012 Cardiff Wales Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
12 June 2012 Sheffield England Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
13 June 2012 Liverpool Echo Arena
15 June 2012 Newcastle England Metro Radio Arena
16 June 2012 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
17 June 2012
19 June 2012
20 June 2012 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
22 June 2012 Dublin Ireland Croke Park
23 June 2012

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
The O2 Arena London 59,626 / 63,021 (95%) $3,939,530[16][17]
Manchester Arena Manchester 13,960 / 14,435 (97%) $907,287[18]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Tour Announced!". Westlife Official Website. Simco Limited. 18 October 2011. Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Westlife finally call it a day". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. 20 October 2011. Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "WESTLIFE – THE FAREWELL CONCERT: Saturday, June 23rd". Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Corner, Lewis (12 October 2011). "Westlife unveil 'Greatest Hits' album artwork, tracklist". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Westlife heading back on tour". Orange. 18 October 2011. Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Westlife to split after 2012 arena tour". NME. IPC Media. 19 October 2011. Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Westlife to split up after farewell tour". Western Mail. 20 October 2011. Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Bull, Sarah (21 October 2011). "'We're looking forward to seeing our fans one last time': Westlife announce they are to split after next year's tour". Daily Mail. Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Campos, Adelina (17 November 2011). "Jedward join Westlife farewell gig". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. Archived from the original on 18 November 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Westlife Farewell Tour with special guests The Wanted at Croke Park". MCD Productions. MCD Productions. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "UK band Lawson to perform with Westlife at Croke Park". MCD Productions. MCD Productions. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Final support acts confirmed!". westlife.com. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Westlife Announce China Shows". Westlife's Official Website. Simco Limited. 31 January 2012. Archived from the original on 5 February 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Westlife The Farewell Tour Live in Hong Kong 2012". AsiaWorld-Expo Website. AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited. Archived from the original on 5 February 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Westlife – Concert Schedule (as of 10/21/2011)". Pollstar. 21 October 2011. Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard (New York City: Prometheus Global Media) 124 (21). 16 June 2012. ISSN 0006-2510. Archived from the original on 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard (New York City: Prometheus Global Media) 124 (32). 1 September 2012. ISSN 0006-2510. Archived from the original on 26 August 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard (New York City: Prometheus Global Media) 124 (22). 23 June 2012. ISSN 0006-2510. Archived from the original on 17 June 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012.