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Monday 29 December 2014

Westlife to kick off new tour in Belfast

Westlife: Heading back to Belfast
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Cameras at the ready to capture their heroes - during the Westlife book signing in Belfast
Kian Egan of Westlife attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Orlaith Berkery and Emma McCudden after meeting Westlife during the band's book signing in Eason's Donegall Place store in Belfast
Joyful Westlife fans after meeting their heroes during the band's book signing in Eason's Donegall Place store in Belfast
Westlife fans celebrate after meeting the band during their book signing in Eason's Donegall Place store in Belfast
It's all too much for one fan during the Westlife book signing in Eason's Donegall Place store in Belfast
Westlife fan Joanne Dooley in tears after meeting their heroes during the band's book signing in Eason's Donegall Place store in Belfast
Two young Westlife fans say it with flowers during the band's book signing at Eason's Donegall Place store in Belfast
First fans in the queue to see Westlife during their book signing in Belfast
Westlife's Shane, Mark, Kian and Nicky with their new book

Record-breaking Westlife are to kick off their 2010 tour in Belfast — marking their 51st show at the Odyssey Arena.

The Irish boy band will be back in Belfast on May 2 as part of their Where We Are tour.

The last time they played Belfast was in May 2008, when the celebrated their 50th show at the venue, breaking all records for an artist or band.

The following month they marked their 10th anniversary by playing a show at Croke Park in Dublin to 83,000 fans. Since then they’ve taken a break from touring but are hitting the road again next year to promote their new album.

Tickets for the Belfast show go on sale next Thursday, December 9, at 9am.

Meanwhile, the band’s Nicky Byrne has revealed a tour secret to the hosts of the BBC NI programme the Friday Show, Eamonn Holmes and Rachel Tucker.

Nicky said: “When we do our tours and we go off stage at the very end, when we come back on for the encore, we made a pact that we’d always do it ‘commando’.

“It’s a true story, so every time we come back on for our final song, or the last three songs or whatever the encore is, it all hangs out! We actually did it tonight as well!”

Eamonn replied: “That gives a whole new meaning to Flying Without Wings!”

MAUREEN COLEMAN

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