The Twenty Tour

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The Twenty Tour
Tour by Westlife
Westlife-TheTwentyTourPoster.png
Promotional poster for tour
Associated albumSpectrum
Start date22 May 2019 (2019-05-22)
End date15 September 2019 (2019-09-15)
Legs4
No. of shows51
Supporting act(s)James Arthur
The Rua
Keelie Walker
Wild Youth
Westlife concert chronology

The Twenty Tour was the thirteenth concert tour by Irish pop vocal group, Westlife. It began on 22 May 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the SSE Arena and concluded on 15 September 2019 in Hyde Park, London, consisting of 33 shows in Europe and 17 shows in Asia.[1]

Background and production[edit]

Since their last concert tour and split in 2012, several rumours about the band reuniting and going on a tour had surfaced over the years. In 2017, band member Nicky Byrne talked about touring with the group again and said, "Who wouldn't want to do that again? The laugh with the boys and travelling around and seeing all the fans again. It's nearly six years next summer since we've done it so who knows? Maybe in ten years. I'm sure it will happen but I don't know when and I know know if even we know when the right time will be."[2] In September 2018, several Irish news outlets began to report that the group has been signed to Universal Music Group and Virgin EMI Records for a new tour deal.[3] Alongside, leaked advertisements like from TickX about their upcoming tour had surfaced.[4][5]

On 3 October 2018, the band officially announced their reformation with new music and tour. Byrne and lead vocalist Shane Filan added: "We still have a lot that we want to achieve as a band and we want to bring our new music to fans all over the world.", "While we were away, we realised what Westlife really meant to the fans — and to us."[6] Later that month, the first confirmed dates of the tour were announced through the band's social networks. Pre-sale for tickets started at 9am GMT on 23 October 2018.[7] Multiple extra dates were later added due to a high demand.[8][9][10]

The Cirque Du Soleil designing team, which specialises in aerial acrobats, were hired for the tour. Filan commented that "the new show had to be bigger and better than ever before".[11]

Set list[edit]

This set list is representative of the 22 May 2019 show in Belfast. It does not represent all dates of the tour.[12]

Notes

Tour dates[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, opening acts, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Opening acts Attendance Revenue
Europe[13][14]
22 May 2019 Belfast Northern Ireland SSE Arena The Rua
Kellie Walker
23 May 2019
25 May 2019
26 May 2019
27 May 2019
28 May 2019 Glasgow Scotland The SSE Hydro 9,837 / 9,964 $748,688
30 May 2019 Manchester England Manchester Arena 13,489 / 13,534 $1,010,160
31 May 2019 Newcastle Utilita Arena 18,412 / 18,412 $1,361,540
1 June 2019
3 June 2019 Glasgow Scotland The SSE Hydro 31,992 / 32,295 $2,613,260
4 June 2019
5 June 2019
7 June 2019 Sheffield England FlyDSA Arena
8 June 2019
10 June 2019 Leeds First Direct Arena 19,718 / 22,430 $1,445,080
11 June 2019
13 June 2019 London The O2 Arena 42,939 / 46,799 $3,541,420
14 June 2019
15 June 2019
18 June 2019 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
19 June 2019
21 June 2019 Birmingham Arena Birmingham
22 June 2019
23 June 2019
25 June 2019 Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
26 June 2019
28 June 2019 Manchester Manchester Arena
29 June 2019
1 July 2019 Cardiff Wales Motorpoint Arena
2 July 2019
3 July 2019[a] Nibe Denmark Skalskoven
5 July 2019 Dublin Ireland Croke Park James Arthur
Wild Youth
6 July 2019
Asia
24 July 2019 Bangkok Thailand IMPACT Arena N/A
26 July 2019[b] Macau China Cotai Arena
27 July 2019
28 July 2019 Taipei Taiwan Linkou Stadium
29 July 2019[c] Manila Philippines Smart Araneta Coliseum
30 July 2019
6 August 2019[d] South Tangerang Indonesia Indonesia Convention Exhibition
7 August 2019
8 August 2019 Shah Alam Malaysia Malawati Stadium
9 August 2019
10 August 2019 Singapore Singapore National Stadium
13 August 2019 Beijing China Cadillac Arena
16 August 2019 Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center
18 August 2019 Palembang Indonesia Stadion Gelora Sriwijaya Marion Jola
29 August 2019 Dubai United Arab Emirates Coca-Cola Arena N/A
31 August 2019 Magelang Indonesia Borobudur Temple Yura Yunita
1 September 2019 Semarang Sam Poo Kong N/A
Europe
15 September 2019[e] London England Hyde Park N/A

Personnel[edit]

Vocals[edit]

Band[edit]

  • Simon Ellis - Keyboards / Musical Director
  • Phil Short - Guitar
  • Freddie Thompson - Bass
  • Jonathan "Ginger" Hamilton - Drums

Crew[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The 3 July 2019 show in Nibe, Denmark at Skalskoven is part of the Nibe Festival concert series.[15]
  2. ^ The 26 July 2019 show in Macau was added due to high demand after concert tickets for July 27 were sold out.
  3. ^ The 29 July 2019 show in Quezon City, Philippines was added due to high demand after concert tickets for July 30 were sold out.[16]
  4. ^ The 6 August 2019 show in Jakarta, Indonesia was added due to high demand after concert tickets for 7 August were sold out.
  5. ^ The 15 September 2019 show in London at Hyde Park is part of the BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park concert series.[17]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Westlife Return With 'The Twenty Tour' New 2019 Tour Celebrating 20 Years Of Westlife". 18 October 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Nicky Byrne: 'I would love a Westlife reunion'". independent.ie.
  3. ^ "Here's when Westlife are going to bring their reunion tour to Ireland - Her.ie".
  4. ^ "Westlife reunion 'definitely going ahead' - WITHOUT Brian McFadden - Goss.ie". 23 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Westlife reunion 'definitely happening' but without one original member". 23 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Confirmed: Westlife are officially getting back together and going on tour".
  7. ^ "Westlife tour pre-sale tickets: How to get early access for Twenty Tour". 18 October 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Westlife add dates to The Twenty Tour, get your tickets". list.co.uk. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Westlife tickets go on sale with extra Glasgow dates added to meet huge demand for boyband's 20th anniversary tour". Daily Record. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Westlife announce extra UK tour dates for 2019 comeback shows". The Mirror. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  11. ^ Murphy, Eoin (14 April 2019). "Westlife fans are in for a live show that 'will just blow you away'". Evoke.ie. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  12. ^ Duke, Simon (31 May 2019). "Westlife Twenty tour setlist: What songs do the guys sing on tour?". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Live - Westlife". westlife.com. Archived from the original on 1 June 2019. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Current Boxscore | Billboard". Billboard. 9 July 2019. Archived from the original on 9 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Gigantiske Westlife på Nibe 2019". Nibe Festival. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Westlife adds second Manila show after July 30 tickets sold out". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Pet Shop Boys to headline BBC Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Westlife Tour 2019". MSA Agency. 2019-01-31. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  19. ^ "Westlife". Simon Ellis Music. Retrieved 2019-05-27.

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