Tuesday 6 December 2016

When the going gets tough... Boyzlife fail to sell out Irish shows

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 27/03/2016 | 16:24

Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden have formed Boyzlife
Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden have formed Boyzlife
Popstars: Brian McFadden, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan, Nicky and Kian Egan in Westlife in 2001.
PIC: Brian McFadden Twitter

Former boyband stars Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy have failed to sell out the Irish dates on their upcoming Boyzlife tour – despite choosing a venue that holds just 300 people.

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The pair announced earlier this month that they would join forces to form a two-person ‘supergroup’ and tour the UK and Ireland performing Westlife and Boyzone songs, as well as discussing 20 years in the music business.

Tickets for their two Dublin dates went on sale on March 10, but fans weren’t in much of a hurry to snap up tickets.

The low sales stand in sharp contrast to the phenomenal response to the pop duo’s UK tour, with 11 of their 12 scheduled British performances selling out within two days of going on sale.

PIC: Brian McFadden Twitter
PIC: Brian McFadden Twitter

Boyzlife’s Dublin gigs are set to take place in the ballroom of the five-star Conrad Hotel, just off St Stephen’s Green, on November 1 and 2, with tickets priced from €45 upwards.

Although the pair made concerted efforts to promote their Dublin dates, including an appearance on the Late Late Show, they haven’t managed to sell out either show, according to the Irish Mail on Sunday.

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The two-man tour has been met with some backlash, including from former Westlife member Kian Egan, who called the move “a clever marketing ploy”.

Popstars: Brian McFadden, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan, Nicky and Kian Egan in Westlife in 2001.
Popstars: Brian McFadden, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan, Nicky and Kian Egan in Westlife in 2001.

Speaking to 98FM’s Big Breakfast last week, he said: “From a perspective of someone who spent 15 years in Westlife, it was really aggravating and really unfair on the fans. Everybody thought that Westlife and Boyzone were getting together to do a tour and the name Boyzlife is the reason why.

“Personally speaking, I think it’s not the right way to do it.”

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