REVIEW: The Twenty Tour, Westlife, The O2

Westlife return to the stage with a surprisingly emotional but ultimately crowd-pleasing show that delights fans.

Twenty years ago, Westlife had only just begun their journey to stardom that won them legions of fans. Now back together following a break of several years, they still prove that they have some of the smoothest and heartfelt vocals in this entertaining live show celebrating what they have achieved since they first got together.

Taking a delighted audience through some of their biggest hits such as ‘Fool Again’, ‘Flying Without Wings’ and ‘World of Our Own’, Westlife more than prove exactly why they are one of the biggest boybands around. The Twenty Tour maybe a celebration of them coming back together as well as revisiting their biggest hits – but it also captures the soulful qualities of their vocals as well as the simple but enjoyable performances that they put on.

Opening with a lively and immensely enjoyable rendition of ‘Hello My Love’, Shane Filan, Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne and Mark Feehily were clearly happy to be back on stage together and performing for their fans, playfully bantering with each other throughout – even using a game of rock paper scissors to determine who would finish the song ‘Unbreakable’.

While it would be fair to say that the band are best known for their ballads, Westlife also more than proved that they are equally performing uptempo numbers – with their performance of ‘Uptown Girl’ proving to be a particular highlight. But it was their medley of songs by Queen that proved to be real surprise of the evening – highlighting a really powerful side to the band’s vocals that dealt well with songs such as ‘We Will Rock You’. The energy levels in The O2 were particularly high during this section and was exciting to watch.

It has to be said though that given the fact that the show started at 9pm it feels as though the songs were slightly rushed through, not giving the audience time to appreciate what they have heard before rushing into the next song.

But despite this, Westlife has created a surprisingly emotional and heartfelt show, particularly with their performance of ‘You Raise Me Up’ that felt like a tribute to the fans who have stood by them over the years.

Overall, it was a real pleasure to see Westlife back on stage again leaving the audience wondering what the next chapter of their career holds. A true celebration of what has been a strong career filled with plenty of hits and memories – with hopefully more to come.

By Emma Clarendon

Westlife continue to tour the UK and Ireland until the 6th July.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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