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Boy band bids farewell live on cinema screens

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

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ONE of the world's most successful boy bands will say goodbye to their millions of fans around the world by screening their last ever concert live to cinemas across the UK and Ireland and selected European countries.

Westlife, who have sold more than 45 million records worldwide and scored 14 number one singles in the UK alone, will end their farewell tour by performing together for the last time at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland on June 23. Tickets for the final concert originally sold out in an incredible five minutes leaving thousands of fans sorely disappointed. Those fans and others will now be able to participate in this unforgettable moment by attending live screenings in cinemas across the UK, the Republic of Ireland and beyond.

Fans in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Malta, the Netherlands and Norway will all be able to watch the show live in one of over two hundred cinemas after BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, concluded a deal with Sony Music and Westlife to co-produce a live film of the event.

Westlife said: "Over the past 14 years we were lucky enough to have a pop career that any band or musical artist would have been proud of. During that time we developed and built up an amazing bond with our fans all around the world."

"On June 23 we will wrap our musical career as a band with one amazing final show in Croke Park Dublin, Ireland. We're working hard to make it everything we had ever dreamed of from our final concert – a farewell and a homecoming in front of 85,000 fans."

"It is bound to be a hugely emotional night and we expect to have tears in our eyes for nearly every song. The fact that the show will be beamed to our fans in cinemas around the world only adds to our excitement. Westlife has changed our lives and this final night will live on in us all forever."

Fans in North Devon will be able to see a Bideford Film Society screening on Saturday (June 23) 8.30pm It will feature the Westlife live concert from Croke Park Dublin, with an exclusive behind-the-scenes view of the band preparing for the concert followed by the band performing live on stage.

Tickets: £10 (adult), £8 (concession) and £7 (film society members). Classification: As Live - 12A. Estimated end time: 11pm.

Venue: The Edgehill Theatre, Kingsley School

Doors open: 8pm, show begins at 8.30pm.

Tickets only available on the night at the door. Early arrival recommended.

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