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Friday 25 July 2014

Westlife leave Belfast crowd hanging on for more

Westlife

Another year, another Westlife tour.

On one hand, it seems like overkill; on the other, the Dublin crooners may be the hardest working pop stars on the planet.

The veteran boyband’s Gravity Tour rumbled into Belfast for a 90-minute spectacular.

It was business as usual – or at least business as 11 months ago, the last time Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan strutted their stuff here.

But the sense of deja vu was kept at bay by a flamboyant stage production, which began with the immaculately attired foursome being lowered onto the stage in chairs.

There were balloons, fireworks and costume changes, all of which added up to a fan-pleasing extravaganza.

Musically, much of the set was drawn from 2009’s Where We Are and last year’s Irish chart-topper Gravity.

But there was room for some earlier hits, including Seasons in the Sun and Flying Without Wings .

The lads also delivered a medley of Rihanna, Coldplay, Lady Gaga and Kaiser Chiefs tunes.

After 13 years, 11 albums and umpteen arena gigs, you could be forgiven for thinking the wind might be going out of Westlife’s sails.

But judging by last night’s rapturous crowd you wouldn’t bet against them being back here in 12 months’ time.

ANDREW JOHNSTON

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