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Westlife announces they are forced to CANCEL their tour dates in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic

Westlife has announced they will be forced to cancel their upcoming UK tour dates due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Irish boy band revealed the sad news in a statement on their social media channels on Wednesday.

The band, consisting of Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan and Mark Feehily, stated that “protecting our fans, crew and everyone around us is” very important “with fans given the opportunity to receive a refund to claim.

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Announcement: Westlife has announced they have to cancel their upcoming tour dates in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic

Westlife’s report states that their shows in the UK were canceled in June and July, while their date at Wembley Stadium in August is still undecided.

They added that August dates in Ireland have been moved to the following year.

The statement read: ‘For all of our fans in the UK – it is with great sadness that despite our efforts, our shows scheduled for the UK in June and July have to be canceled.

“We have followed the UK government’s advice on mass rallies and it is very clear that this is the course we need to take to ensure the protection of our fans, our crew and everyone around us, as well as the pressure on those who work tirelessly to relieve pressure fight this virus.

Statement: The Irish boy band revealed the sad news in a statement on their social media channels on Wednesday

Statement: The Irish boy band revealed the sad news in a statement on their social media channels on Wednesday

Statement: The Irish boy band revealed the sad news in a statement on their social media channels on Wednesday

“Those who have been on the Westlife journey with us know how important performance is to us, but also know that safety must be paramount when delivering a successful tour.

“Our promoters are currently working with their ticketing partners and they will contact you very soon to process your refund. Look out for an email from your ticket agent soon. Only contact them if you have not been contacted on May 5.

With regard to our show at Wembley Stadium in London, this is a smooth situation that is being reviewed on a daily basis. We will only be giving this show in August when it is completely safe to do so and we will update you all as soon as the position is clear.

Sad news: The band, consisting of Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan and Mark Feehily, stated that the 'protection of our fans, our crew and everyone around us' is very important'

Sad news: The band, consisting of Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan and Mark Feehily, stated that the 'protection of our fans, our crew and everyone around us' is very important'

Sad news: The band, consisting of Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan and Mark Feehily, stated that the ‘protection of our fans, our crew and everyone around us’ is very important’

“Meanwhile, we ask everyone to stay at home, stay safe and continue to play your part in the fight against the spread of this virus.”

Singer Nicky Byrne later said that the safety of their fans was central and insisted that the group return ‘stronger than before’ next year.

He told Mirror online: ‘The health, safety and fun of everyone who attends our shows has always been of paramount importance to us, we will all come back stronger than before and on the plus side it will give us all an extra year to get our dance moves right. ‘

Westlife aren’t the only ones to have canceled shows during the COVID-19 crisis as the artists’ score has done the same, with Little Mix and Bon Jovi the latest bands to announce their news.

Safety: “Those who have been on the Westlife journey with us know how important performance is to us, but also know that safety must be paramount in delivering a successful tour”

Westlife previously announced their excitement over their Stadiums In The Summer Tour 2020 and gushed that they will ‘make history at Wembley’ with their first ever performance at the iconic stadium this summer.

In January, Mark Feehily it turned out to be the only London date on their tour (on August 22) would be “the most extravagant, energetic performance of our entire career.”

The father of one said, ‘Playing Wembley Stadium will be the biggest thing we’ve done in the UK so far, and to think that we are reaching this new career high after 21 years in the business just amazes us.

“Our reunion has not only been successful for us, our fans have taken us to new heights.

Excited: Westlife previously announced their excitement over their Stadiums In The Summer Tour 2020 and gushed that they will 'make history at Wembley' with their first ever performance at the iconic stadium this summer

Excited: Westlife previously announced their excitement over their Stadiums In The Summer Tour 2020 and gushed that they will 'make history at Wembley' with their first ever performance at the iconic stadium this summer

Excited: Westlife previously announced their excitement over their Stadiums In The Summer Tour 2020 and gushed that they will ‘make history at Wembley’ with their first ever performance at the iconic stadium this summer

“Just when we thought things couldn’t get bigger, it went to an absolutely stratospheric new level.”

The singer gushed: ‘So many of our musical heroes have played there and we are so incredibly proud to join a select club of artists with a fan base big enough to fill this iconic stadium to the brim!

“It will be the performance of our life! We are already planning a live show that exceeds our comeback Twenty Tour and so far it looks like it will be the most extravagant, energetic performance of our entire career.

“It will contain all of our hits, but delivered in a new, exciting way.

“This evening will go down in history in the Westlife story, and we’re counting down the days until we get to that stage and show our fans what we’re made of!”

Will it still go on? In January Mark Feehily revealed that the only date in London on their tour (on August 22) would be 'the most extravagant, energetic performance of our entire career'

Will it still go on? In January Mark Feehily revealed that the only date in London on their tour (on August 22) would be 'the most extravagant, energetic performance of our entire career'

Will it still go on? In January Mark Feehily revealed that the only date in London on their tour (on August 22) would be ‘the most extravagant, energetic performance of our entire career’

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