| 9.6°C Dublin

West-strife Kian Egan reveals how Westlife's 2019 tour almost flopped due to 'huge problems'

On a reunion tour with the biggest production in our career, the most money we've ever spent on a production and half the rig was stuck in Dublin"

Close

Westlife (from left) Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Freehilly and Kian Egan.

Westlife (from left) Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Freehilly and Kian Egan.

Westlife (from left) Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Freehilly and Kian Egan.

Kian Egan has revealed that there were “huge problems” happening behind the scenes of Westlife’s 2019 tour. 

Kian reunited with bandmates Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, and Mark Feehily in 2018 and hit the road the following year for their comeback Twenty Tour following the release of their eleventh studio album, Spectrum.

They have just announced that they will be playing Wembley Stadium this August, the first act to play the venue since the pandemic hit. Tickets for their second date at Wembley went on sale this morning after huge demand.

Although their 50-date tour in 2019 was a huge success and was the biggest production of the band’s career to date, Kian revealed that there were major issues happening backstage.

Close

Kian Egan, best known for appearing in the band Westlife, won I’m A Celebrity in 2013 (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Kian Egan, best known for appearing in the band Westlife, won I’m A Celebrity in 2013 (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Kian Egan, best known for appearing in the band Westlife, won I’m A Celebrity in 2013 (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Speaking to MailOnline, the 40-year-old confessed: “There were huge problems that we managed to cover up. There were moments before we were walking on stage and the crew were still trying to build the stage. There were moments where we had to pull the show right before we went on.

He detailed the production problems that happened right before they were due to play a concert in Scotland.

“Last year, three trucks got stuck in Dublin on the way to Glasgow because they missed the ferry, the lighting rig didn't get built then it's like, ‘shall we put on half a show for our first time back in Scotland?’

“On a reunion tour with the biggest production in our career, the most money we've ever spent on a production and half the rig was stuck in Dublin...

“We wanted to give our fans in Scotland the best production they've seen Westlife do and the fans probably didn't recognise it but that gets in your own head when you're walking on stage and there were lots of moments like that,” he continued.

Kian shared that these issues “happened in a few different places” and remembered a time when the walls of screens on stage hadn’t been constructed properly in Manchester.

The Sligo native admitted he needed to intervene, saying: “I was talking to crew going ‘What are you standing around for lads? What's going on?’ I was literally shouting at crew to to get their a**e in gear and get the stage built.”

Ahead of Westlife’s Wembley weekender, Kian said: “This is a historic moment. Not only is it a huge moment for Westlife, it is a massive event for live music all over the world. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we cannot wait to be back on stage.

“Our two nights at Wembley Stadium will be bigger and more spectacular than anything we’ve done before. These will be our greatest ever shows in the UK.

“The Wembley weekend is going to be a massive celebration. It will be full of surprises and special guests on both nights. It is not to be missed,” he added.

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices

Sunday World


Top Videos





Privacy