Four members of world-renowned boy band Westlife arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday night for their two-night live concert on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The concert organizer and a large number of fans flocked to the airport to welcome the band. They brought photos of the four members and banners to the airport.
The concert, which will be held at Thong Nhat Stadium in District 10, is part of the band’s The Wild Dreams Tour.
The four Irish men Shane, Nicky, Kian, and Mark excited Vietnamese fans as they were friendly and used their phones to record the moments that they were welcomed.
Tickets for their concert in Ho Chi Minh City were already sold out.
The organizer had earlier offered more standing-room tickets at VND600,000 (US$24.8) each, which aroused mixed opinions on the organizer’s Facebook page as some seat ticket holders said that the new standing-room section is closer to the stage and more affordable, affecting their benefits.
The organizer explained that they offered more tickets upon the audience’s request, adding that this zone will not affect the area of seat ticket holders.
The Irish boy band initially announced that they would perform in Ho Chi Minh City for one night, on Wednesday.
Over 15,000 tickets were sold out within only four hours. As a result, the organizer worked with the boy band to extend their concert in Vietnam to two nights.
|Mark Feehily films the moment that Westlife was welcomed to Vietnam, November 20, 2023. Photo: Courtesy of the organizer|
Westlife traveled to Vietnam for the first time to perform at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi in 2011, as part of their Westlife Gravity Tour.
Two years later, singer Shane Filan, Westlife's main vocalist, came to Ho Chi Minh City to perform at the You & Me Tour Live in Saigon show at 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street in District 4.
In 2017, Filan made a comeback to Vietnam for his Love Always Tour and performed at a stadium in Ho Chi Minh City.
Westlife was formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1998. The band consists of Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan, and Nicky Byrne. Brian McFadden, a member of the band, left in 2004.
|Nicky Byrne, the oldest member of Westlife. Photo: Courtesy of the organizer|
The group disbanded in 2012, but reunited in 2018.
Westlife became popular with Vietnamese audiences in the 1990s and 2000s.
The band has sold 55 million records worldwide and holds four Guinness World Records.
Among their greatest hits are My Love, I Lay My Love on You, Queen of My Heart, Seasons in the Sun, Mandy, Fool Again, Swear it Again, and When You Tell Me That You Love Me.
|Fans welcome Westlife at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, November 20, 2023. Photo: Courtesy of the organizer|
|Westlife members wave at fans before getting in their car at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, November 20, 2023. Photo: Courtesy of the organizer|
|Westlife performs in Ho Chi Minh City on two nights on November 21 and 22, 2023. Photo: Courtesy of the organizer|