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Editor's Viewpoint: A new generation falls back in love with music of youth

Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/05/2019: Westlife Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan,make their long-awaited return to the stage as they kick off their reunion tour in Belfast. The Twenty Tour, which started at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, May 22. More than 560,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland - confirming the bandÕs status as national pop music treasures. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

For those of us of a certain age, the pop music of the Sixties has never been equalled never mind surpassed, but it seems that there is a new generation of music fans who still yearn to hear their idols of the decades spanning the millennium.

Boyzone, Take That, The Spice Girls and Westlife have all made a comeback with their arena tours and are packing the halls, with fans still in love with the soundtracks of their youth.

Of course, these groups were successful first time around and it appears that their music is still striking a chord.

The members of the groups may have mellowed with age, but their songs are ageless.

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