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Monday 11 December 2017

Stage is set for Westlife finale

WESTLIFE fans can expect all their favourite hits during a three-hour spectacular at Croke Park this weekend.

The boys will perform their final two concerts as a group and are determined to put on a blinding show.

There will be a second stage added to their already enormous set to make sure they can mingle with crowd.

Hundreds of staff have been working all hours this week to make sure the hotly anticipated shows hit the spot.

A production insider revealed that the stars requested additional staging for Croke Park, the last leg of their farewell tour, as they wanted it to look different to the rest of the gigs.

"The boys are adding their own stage to the existing structure with lots of effects in it. It's going to be extra special."

While it's due to be a wet and windy affair, nothing will deter the 160,000 revellers set to descend upon the stadium for the quartet's finale.



Anoraks

After ruling out the admittance of umbrellas into Croker's grounds, staff are recommending anoraks and wellies for the festivities, as showers are forecast for the next few days.

Of course, it's going to be all about the music, with Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan, Kian Egan and Mark Feehily belting out some of their biggest hits after taking to the stage at 8pm.

The lads are planning to kick off the emotional shows with What About Now, followed by classic tunes Uptown Girl, My Love and Ain't That A Kick In The Head, with Home, Flying Without Wings and their debut single Swear It Again in the second half.

The set list also includes a medley of favourite and well-known pop songs and the famous foursome will provide their renditions of Sex On Fire, Don't Cha, Let Me Entertain You and Bohemian Rhapsody.

In an interview on 2FM yesterday, member Kian Egan admitted that he never dreamt of playing to such a huge crowd at Croker: "It's been quite a surreal moment and quite an emotional big moment for us all."

Sligo man Shane added: "Saturday is going to be really difficult."

Concert goers will be allowed to queue outside Croke Park from 4pm, with gates opening at 4.30pm for the hordes to secure their spot on the transformed pitch.

Roads in the area will be closed off before the events kick off and gardai are recommending the use of public transport as much as possible.

While no extra security measures have been put in place for the two nights, 700 stewards and 100 gardai will be on hand to make sure no one's enjoyment is spoiled.

The band's wives, children and relatives will be watching from their own private boxes for the special occasion.

labutler@herald.ie

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