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Monday 22 October 2018

Westlife reunite and confirm 'new music and a new tour'

Westlife are back with new material and announced their return by video on their Facebook page. Photo: Collins
Westlife are back with new material and announced their return by video on their Facebook page. Photo: Collins

Six years after they called it quits, Westlife are back, though without original bandmate Brian McFadden.

The Herald can reveal that they will play Croke Park next year, most likely in July.

The group announced their reunion online, following speculation they were returning.

Delight

They shared a short video on their Facebook page in which they sat down beside each other, shook hands and turned to the camera and said: "Hi, we're Westlife."

On the screen appeared: "Westlife. New music. New tour. Coming soon."

The group's website was quickly updated, sharing the same video.

The news immediately went viral, with thousands of fans sharing their delight on social media.

An insider close to the group confirmed they will play at Croke Park next year, with a performance tentatively scheduled for July.

They are said to have already started recording new music and have enlisted singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran to write some songs for them.

"Westlife have millions of fans all over the world so it was really a no-brainer for the boys that they would get back together one day," a source said.

"They've kept quiet on the speculation for the last few days but decided now was the right time to let their fans know they're coming back."

Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan, Kian Egan and Mark Feehily will all return.

McFadden, who quit the group in 2004, will not be part of the reunion.

Byrne currently hosts a morning radio show on 2FM.

An RTE spokesperson said last night that the station is currently working out his schedule and will announce "in due course" whether he will remain at his radio show with Jenny Greene during the band's tour.

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