For the first time in history, Ireland’s very own superstars Westlife will perform in Cork’s newly renovated Páirc Ui Chaoimh over two nights in summer 2020. The 28 th and 29 th of August will see the ‘Flying Without Wings’ singers perform in the 45,000-seater GAA
The concert, which was announced in a press release Monday 16 th September from the stadium itself, was a sell-out when tickets went live on Friday 20 th September at 9am. Fans were delighted when the band announced later that day that they would be adding a second date due to phenomenal demand.
For €59.50, fans will be treated to what is sure to be a historic show, incorporating classics such as ‘Swear It Again’, ‘You Raise Me Up’, and ‘Uptown Girl’, in addition to new music from their newest album, ‘Spectrum’.
The 11 th addition to Nicky, Shane, Mark and Kian’s array of studio albums will be released Friday 15 th November. The album, co-produced by previous Páirc Ui Chaoimh headliner Ed Sheeran, has been teased with singles the boys released during the summer and has proved a major hit amongst Irish and UK listeners.
Just two weeks ago, the band announced that they will also be headlining Wembley Stadium, London, UK on the 22 nd of August. Until then, U2 are the only other Irish act to achieve this.
Westlife have sold over 55 million records worldwide and are the only band to have their first 7 singles enter the UK charts at #1. They also have the most singles of any artist to debut at #1 in the UK. In the band’s 20-year career, they have produced 14 #1 singles,
behind only Elvis Presley and The Beatles. They have had 33 #1 albums world-wide. Another impressive claim the Irish group can make, is that as a live act, Westlife have sold over 5 million concert tickets worldwide.
For the band to perform on home ground will always be special for both artists and fans alike, as was seen in the sold out (150,000 tickets) show in Croke Park, Dublin in the past year.
‘’Headlining Páirc Ui Chaoimh for the first time ever is a dream come true for all of us. We’re incredibly excited for a show which will be different and more spectacular than anything we’ve ever done before’’, said Westlife.
The last act to play in the GAA stadium that did not consist of 15 jerseys on the pitch, was Rod Stewart on May 25 th 2019. Since the refurbishment of the grounds, it has become a prime venue for the music industry. While Westlife may be the next act to perform, they
certainly won’t be the last.