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Thursday 16 August 2018

Westlife to lead Childline concert packed with stars

Kings of Irish pop Westlife will headline this year's Childline charity concert, it has been revealed.

The phenomenally successful four-piece will celebrate more than 14 years in the business with a sizzling set.

Dublin star Nicky Byrne will present the annual Cheerios Childline Concert, which features teen heartthrobs JLS, The Wanted, Parade and Jedward.

The dad-of-two said that the band were eager to play to the home crowd at the O2 once again.

"Westlife have a great association with Childline and it has a great line-up this year," Nicky said.

"Childline is always a great night. We've been doing it since 1999 and obviously I've presented it a couple of times as well, so I'm really looking forward to it."

The global superstars, all over 30, are embarking on a tour of Asia before returning to Ireland for the pre-Christmas show.

"Already we have The Wanted, JLS, Jedward and ourselves who will be performing, and there will be more names added, so it's looking strong," said Nicky.

"Tickets normally go out the door in a day. Tickets go on sale this Friday and all proceeds go directly to Childline, so that's cool."

Organisers are aiming to raise €400,000 in proceeds from the concert on November 12.

To date, Childline has raised a massive €3.8m since its first concert in 1997.

Everyone involved with the Cheerios Childline Concert are providing their services for free.

Tickets are €45 and go on sale at 9am Friday at www.ticketmaster.ie.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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