REVIEW: Westlife, Motorpoint Arena

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THE lyrics of Westlife’s cover of I Predict A Riot were apt when the popular boyband played Sheffield this week.

Another year and another nationwide tour, but their loyal army of adoring fans packed out the Motorpoint Arena yet again - with no sign of the band’s popularity waning after 13 years of producing number one hits.

As well as belting out their most famous tracks, including You Raise Me Up and I’m Flying Without Wings, the bandmates took a change in direction for a section of the gig and swapped their much-loved ballads for more contemporary pop.

Starting off with a cover of Take That’s Rule the World, the track seamlessly became Rihanna’s Only Girl then The Time (Dirty Bit) by the Black Eyed Peas.

The medley also included a section of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance and I Predict a Riot by the Kaiser Chiefs.

Rocking out on stage in Disney T-shirts, the band cut a completely different image from raincoat and bowler hat outfits they wore on stage for their first set.

Westlife’s Gravity Tour is the band’s 10th and year after year fans get the chance to get up close and personal with the popstars.

In a recent tour the band members flew above their fans to get the chance to wave, blow kisses, wink and smile and the crowd below, but this year they were sat on a beam suspended from above while dressed up as high rise tower block workers.

The atmosphere reached fever pitch as fans got a glimpse of their idols just a few feet away as they sang You Raise Me Up and I’m Already There above a sea of heads.

One lucky fan was even treated to an impromptu rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ when the band saw a banner telling them it was her special day.

One of their covers for the night was Michael Buble’s Home, but that was last place any of the band’s fans wanted to be.

Visit www.thestar.co.uk for photos from the gig.

Claire Lewis