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Westlife singer Nicky Byrne talks about India tour

Nicky Byrne representing Ireland performs the song “Sunlight” during the 2nd semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, on May 12, 2016. / AFP / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Mohnish Singh

It will be a couple of hours of letting your hair down, enjoying a night out, and reliving the special memories of teenage years, says Westlife member Nicky Byrne about the Irish band’s upcoming three-city tour to India. The global best-selling pop band, comprising Byrne, Kian Egan, Shane Filan, and Mark Feehily, will perform live in Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Delhi as part of the India leg of “The Wild Dreams” Tour.

“We are nearly 25 years in but what we’ve noticed on this tour is that when the fans come to the shows, we’re all reliving our teenage years with some of the songs.

“When we’re on stage, people remember their first dance or their first boyfriend and girlfriend, lots of good memories. So to relive that and the nostalgia when we’re on stage in all of the different countries is huge. We like sharing those moments. We enjoy it just as much as the fans,” Byrne told PTI in an interview.

Westlife’s tour will kick off at the Members Enclosure, RWITC, Mahalaxmi Racecourse in Mumbai on November 24, followed by Embassy International Riding School Ground in Bengaluru on November 25, and culminate at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on November 26.

Though it is a short trip, Byrne, 45, said he has a wish to explore the country in depth.

“There are three shows, and it is part of a larger tour that we’re obviously covering and venturing into different territories and countries. Well, I’d love my family to experience India.

“I’ve only been there once, in Mumbai, many, many years ago. So it would be something… maybe down the road if we can build on this and if these shows are successful, we can return and do some bigger shows and more shows and more cities. That would be a great success for the band,” he added.

The band was formed in Sligo, Ireland, by the name ‘IOYOU’ by Egan, Feehily, and Filan in 1997 with Byrne and Brian McFadden joining them a year later. The group was later renamed as Westlife.

Asked what the fans should expect from their performances, Byrne said it is going to be a “night to remember”.

“It’s a couple of hours of letting your hair down, enjoying a night out, and reliving those special memories of all those songs. It’s fun, just two hours of pop with colourful screens, maybe some pyrotechnics and really cool outfits.

“We really enjoy what we do. We have a lot of fun with the crowd. Sometimes we might even get some people up on stage to share a special moment or sing a song with us… It’s a little bit of everything. It’s going to be a night to remember, a moment to remember,” he said.

Westlife’s “The Wild Dreams” tour is brought to India by BookMyShow Live.

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