Westlife forced to cancel several UK stadium tour shows due to coronavirus

22 April 2020, 17:27

Westlife forced to cancel several UK stadium tour shows due to coronavirus
Westlife forced to cancel several UK stadium tour shows due to coronavirus. Picture: Smooth Radio

By Rory O'Connor

Westlife have been forced to cancel several of their upcoming 2020 tour dates due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Irish band were due to tour their new album Spectrum in the coming months after announcing their comeback exclusively to Smooth Radio last year.

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Unfortunately for Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan, Mark Feehily and Kian Egan, their tour plans have been halted.

In a statement to fans, the band insisted everyone's safety is their priority, while keeping an eye on their Wembley Stadium show on August 22.

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Westlife's 2020 tour poster
Westlife's 2020 tour poster. Picture: Westlife

The statement read: "We have been monitoring the UK government advice surrounding mass gatherings and it is very clear that this is the course we need to take to ensure the protection of our fans, our crew and everyone around us but also to ease pressure on those working tirelessly to fight this virus.

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"Those who have been on the Westlife journey with us know how important performing is to us but also know that safety must come first and foremost in delivering a successful tour.

"Our promoters are currently working with their ticketing partners and they will be in touch very soon to process your refund.

"Please look out for an email from your ticketing agent shortly. Please only contact them if you have not been contacted by May 5th.

"With regards to our show at Wembley Stadium, in London this is a fluid situation which is being reviewed on a daily basis.

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"We will only deliver this show in August if it is completely safe to do so and will update you all, as soon as the position is clear.

"In the meantime, we ask everyone to stay home, stay safe and keep playing your part in fighting the spread of this virus."

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