Over 80,000 fans turn out for Westlife's final gig

Monday June 25, 2012

Westlife gave an unforgettable performance as they played their final homecoming concert at Dublin's Croke Park.

Around 80,000 fans attended the Irish pop band's farewell show at the weekend, which was also screened in cinemas in Ireland, UK and across Europe.

The boyband - made up of Shane Filan, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Nicky Byrne - belted out all their hits over a set lasting more than two hours. 

Kian told the crowd: "As this is the very last Westlife concert, the whole idea was to be able to get out here and see our fans one last time and celebrate 14 years."

His bandmate Mark added: "For 14 years, Westlife fans have made our dreams come true. This show is dedicated to each and every one of you. Our fans mean so much. You have never stopped supporting us.

"Thanks so much. You're not just our fans, you are our friends and have been with us each step of the way."

The group were introduced by their former manager Louis Walsh, who said: "I have never known a band like this in all my time in the business.

"I didn't want them to break up yet - but they all wanted to go out on a high. And I'll definitely be managing Shane in his solo career."

Westlife announced the shock decision to split up last year after 14 years together.

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