Páirc Uí Chaoimh concert confirmed: Westlife to play Cork next August

Páirc Uí Chaoimh concert confirmed: Westlife to play Cork next August
Westlife with Cork Gaa jerseys at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Westlife, Ireland's top-selling album group of this century, are looking forward to playing Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork next August.

The group will play one night on August 28 with tickets going on sale this Friday.

Westlife in Páirc Uí Chaoimh this morning announcing their August 28 concert
Westlife in Páirc Uí Chaoimh this morning announcing their August 28 concert

It will be the group's first time heading the iconic stadium and next year's show is set to be their only stadium concert in Ireland in 2020.

However, speaking this morning at the famous Cork stadium, Cian Egan refused to rule out more dates in the Rebel County.

"It's such a hard one to call but as far as we're concerned, we'll do as many gigs as the people of Ireland want us to do here in Cork," he said.

"This is our only summer stadium show (in Ireland) next year.

"If it sells out, the man to our left will decide," he added pointing to Denis Desmond of MCD Productions.

"We're not sure at the moment, we're putting on the Friday night for sale and we'll see after that.

"Ideally, it would be more than one but we'll see what happens."

Nicky Byrne added it was great to be in Cork, the real capital of Ireland.

He joked that it was not the first time he had played in Cork, having lined out for Cobh Ramblers in the past.

Louis Walsh at the Westlife concert announcement, at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Louis Walsh at the Westlife concert announcement, at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Mark added he played tennis for Connaught in Douglas before as well.

Nicky revealed that he was inspired to play Pairc Ui Chaoimh after seeing Ed Sheeran and Rod Stewart rock the venue, as well the atmosphere during Liam Miller's memorial match.

"We're going to be playing a completely new show.

"It's not the same show people would have seen in Crime Park earlier this year.

"We're going two bespoke shows, one in Wembley stadium and one here in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

"We're very excited.

"We've played the Marquee here on a couple of occasions and it's always been a brilliant show.

"So to put on a bespoke show here in Cork, the only show in Ireland next year, is going to be pretty special."

Shane Filan explained the show will last around two hours, similar to Croke Park.

Mark added that the show will be completely new as it has been designed for an outdoor stadium.

"We always set out to do the biggest and best, punchy show with pyrotechnics," he said.

Westlife receive Cork Gaa jerseys from Frank Murphy, at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Westlife receive Cork Gaa jerseys from Frank Murphy, at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Shane said that while their two recent gigs in Croke Park were the best of their careers, the band are hoping to top that here in Cork next year.

The band's support act is to be announced this Wednesday and tickets from €59.50 will go on sale Friday at 9am.

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