Saturday, March 27, 2010

Irish pop stars Westlife to play outdoor concert at Ashton Gate in Bristol

Irish pop group Westlife are coming to Bristol this summer to play a huge outdoor concert at Ashton Gate, the Evening Post can exclusively reveal.

They will perform at the Bristol City ground on Thursday, June 17.

A total of 15,000 tickets were due to go on sale from 7am this morning for the concert, priced between £35 and £50.

Tickets can be bought online at or at, or by phoning the stadium hotline on 0871 222 6666 – select option one and then option two, listening out for "concert tickets".

Westlife have sold 43 million records worldwide including 14 UK number ones – a record only bettered by Elvis and The Beatles.

Their biggest hits include Flying Without Wings, If I Let You Go and You Raise Me Up as well as covers of Against All Odds, Uptown Girl and I Have A Dream.

The line-up – Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan – saw their latest album Where We Are reach number two in the UK albums chart.

Support acts have yet to be confirmed.

The Westlife show is the first concert to be staged at Ashton Gate since Bon Jovi's sell-out show in 2008 and the popular band follow a long line of major acts to have played at the venue in the past decade including The Who, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Meatloaf and Bryan Adams.

Bristol City group managing director Doug Harman said: "We are delighted to be welcoming an act of Westlife's stature to Bristol for what is certain to be another successful and enjoyable summer concert at Ashton Gate Stadium.

"There is sure to be a big demand for tickets and we would encourage anyone who wants to attend to purchase their seats early to avoid disappointment."

The group first formed in July 1998. The original line-up included Brian McFadden, but he left in 2004.

Westlife is the only act in UK history to have their first seven singles go straight to number one, but despite their worldwide success they have only had one American chart hit. Swear it Again made it to 20 in 2000.

The group was originally signed by Simon Cowell and are currently managed by Louis Walsh.

In 2008, they were declared Ireland's ninth richest celebrities under 30 years old, with 36 million euros as a group.

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled tickets should be purchased direct from the stadium. Concert hospitality is also available priced at £120 plus VAT per person on a first-come, first-served basis – to book your table contact the stadium's commercial team on 0871 222 66 66, selecting option three. This offer includes seating in front of the stage, a pre-show meal and souvenir programme.

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