After almost 15 years since they first came together as one of the UK’s favourite boy bands, Westlife are calling it a day with a Farewell Tour around the UK starting in mid May and running through end of June.
Cheapflights.co.uk, the UK’s online leader in travel deals publishing, is pointing Brits in the direction of the best tour destinations for bidding adieu to one of their all-time favourites, while also enjoying a mini-break.
“Given that the tour is less than two months away, tickets are going to start selling out fast and so are flights. As such, it’s advisable to get booking now for the best deals on both,” says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for Cheapflights.co.uk.
“We’ve put our travel expertise to work, finding out the top destinations for bidding farewell to the band and have a wealth of suggestions with which to inspire travelers for a mini-break,” adds Hallak.
The boys will be reliving some of their greatest hits such as Seasons in the Sun, Flying Without Wings and Uptown Girl in some of the UK’s top cities. Follow the Cheapflights’ guide on where to go for the best concert experience and what to do while there.
Edinburgh, LG Arena, 20th May
Having served as the venue for performances from winners of the latest X-Factor, Edinburgh’s LG Arena is a fitting host for the Westlife Farewell Tour. While there, visitors can revel in the Scottish capital’s talent for mixing old and new, enjoying a tour of the famous Edinburgh Castle as well as its winding Medieval streets and Gothic architecture. Getting beyond the cultural scene, this is also known as the Dusk til Dawn City and offers a bustling nightlife in areas such as Grassmarket and George Street. Alternatively, head to St. Andrews Square for a comedic night out at The Stand Comedy Club or a family meal at the Royal Yacht Brittania.
Glasgow, SECC, 27th May
The SECC is the city’s best venue for big events and the Westlife concert is guaranteed to be huge. Centrally located, hotels and accommodation are just a short distance away as are restaurants, pubs and the heart of the city’s nightlife. Visitors to Glasgow should head to areas such as the East End and Old Town for a mix of traditional Scottish pubs and trendy modern venues. The West End is great for those on a student budget while Byres Road serves up a variety of different venues. During the day, wandering the streets offers a chance to marvel at some of the best Victorian architecture in the world as well as taking in a bit of nature in the city’s 70 plus parks and gardens, which have earned it the title of “The Dear Green Place.”
Belfast, Belfast Odyssey Arena, 29th & 30th May
Not surprisingly, the boy band have dedicated not only one, but two nights to their two concerts in their homeland Ireland. While Belfast is still up and coming as far as tourism is concerned, the Queen’s visit there last year boosted its popularity and its Odyssey Arena subsequently hosted the likes of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry at the European Music Awards. The city has plenty to see and do, and those headed there should be sure not to miss a trip to the Titanic Quarter, featuring the Titanic Dock and Pumphouse. Other attractions include Belfast Castle, the award-winning Belfast Zoo and the Ulster Folk Transport Museum. The city also boasts a wealth of gastro-pubs, hostelries and nightlife districts.
Liverpool, Liverpool Echo Arena, 13th June
Liverpool’s echo arena is an award-winning building situated on the river. Westlife will be rocking the arena to the tune of (hopefully) 11,000 as that is the venue’s capacity. However, the city is famous for much more than just its concert facilities, offering up two of the country’s best and most popular football teams, countless cultural attractions, some of the UK’s best shopping and plenty of places to dine, drink and dance. Shopaholics should head to places like the Metquarter and Cavern Walks, while culture vultures can take their pick from parks and botanic gardens.
Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena, 15th June
Undoubtedly, most Britons have seen photos in the press of locals to Newcastle hitting its various hot spots on a night out. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the city is one of the UK’s biggest party towns, making it very fitting for a pop concert performance. Visitors looking to make it a party going weekend can head to the numerous clubs, pubs and bars located in areas such as Quayside, Market and the Diamond Strip. During the day, hangover permitting, merrymakers can enjoy walking the town centre’s Medieval street layout, seeking out sights such as the Millenium Bridge and event sections of Hadrian’s Wall, which can be found in the area.
Dublin, Croke Park Stadium, 22nd & 23rd June
With a seating capacity of 82,300, Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium is a spectacular choice of venue for Westlife’s Farewell Tour, as is the city that houses it. Ireland’s capital is vibrant and cosmopolitan, buzzing with life. Equally buzzy are its people, known for their friendly demeanour and hospitable charm. The city’s elegant Georgian streets are packed with things to do. Best shopping districts include Grafton Street and Henry Street while two of its very best pubs can be found on Poolbeg Street. Historical appreciation is highly prevalent here serving up sights such as Christ Church Cathedral, various famous libraries like Marsh’s Library and Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle and Francis Bacon’s studio. Of course, no trip to Dublin is complete without a visit to the renowned Guinness brewery at St. James’ Gate, which has been proudly producing the thick brew for more than 250 years.
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