Westlife celebrate 20 years of hits with show at Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham and you could be at the Arena Birmingham show with Shaws of Maxey
Westlife returned to the stage last night (Tuesday) with a quite literal bang of fireworks to relive their biggest hits as part of their Twenty Tour.
As the four lads reminded the sold-out crowd at Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham frequently during last night's concert, it's been nearly eight years since they were on stage in front of their fans but with the screaming shaking the arena, it felt as though they had never been away.
Billed as their 20th anniversary tour, the boyband made up of Shane Filan, Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne and Mark Feehily treated the Nottingham to a mix of nostalgic hits from their extensive back catalogue and a glimpse of what's to come in the future - with a new album with five songs penned by Ed Sheeran promised for later in the year.
The stage itself was basic, compared to some of the ones I've seen in the past, but the performance was anything but - fire explosions, lasers, graphics, lights, and numerous confetti canons added up to a spectacular sight.
The real highlight though for both me (a Westlife fan since their early days) and my friend Penny - a first-time show goer - was their voices. Whether it was crooning the number one singles they were known for or replicating the biggest hits of Queen in a thrilling medley, the boys never missed a note during the two-hour extravaganza.
And there were no stools in sight for most of the concert and the one time they did take a breather from their dancing, it was to take the mickey out of their sitting on stools image.
They might have been going for 20 years but this concert proved that these boys have no intention of slowing down any time soon - with them telling the crowd that they've finally found the right balance. "I'm the happiest I've ever been," said Mark. And I, along with the crowd of 9,000, was happy to see them back.
I travelled to the concert with Shaws of Maxey, which itself is celebrating 97 years of success. What started out as a simple service from Maxey to Peterborough, with the occasional furniture removal is now a successful business offering everything from holidays, coach hire to day trips, like ours to the Westlife concert.
We were picked up on time from our pick-up point, greeted by a friendly coach driver on board and handed our tickets. At the end of the show, the coach was waiting exactly where we'd been dropped off and we set off in a timely manner on our homeward journey, with the tunes of Westlife still ringing in our ears.
It was a seamless experience and I wouldn't hesitate to book again. Usually I am designated driver to go to such events but I felt so relaxed knowing the whole experience was taken care of, with the added benefit of being able to partake in a cheeky glass of wine when we arrived at the arena.
If you want to see Westlife, Shaws of Maxey still has tickets available for this Friday's concert at Arena Birmingham. Visit www.shawscoaches.co.uk or call 01778 342224 to find out more.