Hometown gig just the ticket for Westlife fans
DEDICATED Westlife fans -- or their doting parents -- queued through the night for tickets for the boys' first homecoming gig in seven years.
Just 10,000 tickets were released yesterday for the open-air event at Lissadell House, Sligo, on July 30 and some of the band's most committed followers were determined they wouldn't lose out.
A queue, which began just after midnight on Sunday night, outside Third Wave on O'Connell Street in Sligo had swollen to around 100 people by the time the doors opened at 9am.
First in line and taking no shortcuts to ensure 10-year-old Aoife Kelly had a front-row view of her idols was her barber dad, Charlie.
"Aoife is a big fan," said a delighted Charlie, clutching 10 tickets for front-row seats.
Pals Georgina White, from Sligo, and Louise Mitchell, from Ballinafad, queued from 3.30am to ensure they would secure tickets for the unique event.
The Westlife gig, the first ever concert at the ancestral home of Countess Markievicz, heralds the start of a weekend of music, which is followed by two nights of Leonard Cohen.
Westlife manager Louis Walsh said yesterday that the three Sligo boys had really wanted to play a concert at a home venue.
"I think it will be as good as Slane. It is a world-class venue. The boys really want to do a great show in their hometown," he said.