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Westlife to perform free concert in Belfast next month as part of BBC Radio 2 Live gigs

Westlife are to perform a gig in front of a small audience of fans in Belfast next month as part of a series of BBC Radio 2 Live performances. Picture by Ian West/PA Wire
Marie Louise McConville

WESTLIFE are to perform a free gig in front of a small audience of fans in Belfast next month as part of BBC Radio 2 Live.

The radio station announced this week that it is giving its listeners the chance to finally see their favourite artists perform in person after 16 months of not having the opportunity.

As part of the plan, Westlife is to perform in Belfast on August 26.

In addition, Texas will perform in Glasgow on August 5, Steps will perform in Manchester on August 10 and the Manic Street Preachers will perform in Cardiff on August 12.

Each gig will take place in front of a small audience of fans.

Following the announcement, Westlife said the band is "thrilled to be taking part in this year’s Radio 2 Live.

"Our show at Hyde Park in 2019 was such a highlight for us and we can’t wait to do something a little different this time".

Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2, said: "New for 2021 and beyond, Radio 2 Live will take the spirit of our very special radio station around the UK.

"We’re thrilled to be bringing Texas, Steps, Manic Street Preachers and Westlife to Radio 2 listeners after so long without live music," she said.

Tickets for the gigs will be allocated via a ballot following registration at bbc.co.uk/radio2live, which for Westlife, is open until 8am tomorrow.

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