Westlife at Sheffield Arena: Here’s EVERYTHING you need to know
Pop sensations Westlife come to Sheffield this weekend – and here's absolutely EVERYTHING you need to know about their Arena dates.
The four piece kick off two nights at the FlyDSA Arena on Friday – with a further date on Saturday.
Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian will be blasting out all the hits from their career, which includes an incredible 14 number one singles.
Here's all you need to know about the shows - from the times, what they'll play, how to get there and where to eat and drink.
WHEN IS IT?
June 7 and 8.
WHAT ARE THE SHOWTIMES?
6.30pm: Doors open
7.30pm: Keelie Walker and The Rua
10.30pm: Event ends
ARE THERE ANY SUPPORT ACTS?
Nashville based singer Keelie Walker, who has already supported Jason Derulo on tour will open things, while Windsor-based The Rua, a family pop rock band will also be delivering their brand of music with a distinctly Irish flavour.
WHAT WILL THEY PLAY?
It is being billed as the Twenty Tour, featuring twenty years of hits so expect all your Westlife favourites. Swear It Again, You Raise Me Up, Uptown Girl, Abba's I Have A Dream and Flying Without Wings will all no doubt feature. The boys have also been playing a medley of Queen hits on recent dates.
Previous shows in Sheffield have featured lots of surprises and theatrics – so expect to be truly entertained from start to finish.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Walking to the Arena from Sheffield city centre is not really advised. It is an hour's walk with a distance of three miles.
The Arena is served by several bus routes from both Sheffield City Centre and Meadowhall. Visit http://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/ for details of all services and times.
The Arena tram stop is only a two minute walk from Sheffield Arena. A conductor is on every tram so there is no need to buy a ticket before you board.
There are two routes, depending from where you board:
Meadowhall Interchange to Sheffield Arena
Trams every 10 minutes (peak), 20 minutes (off peak). Journey time 6 minutes.
Sheffield Midland railway station (City Centre) to Sheffield Arena
Trams every 10 minutes (peak), 20 minutes (off peak).
The tramstop is at the rear of the station (follow the tram signs from the central footbridge). Board any tram from the tram platform nearest the station. Leave this tram at the next tramstop (Fitzalan Square/Ponds Forge) then cross to the opposite platform. From Fitzalan Square board a tram showing Meadowhall as the destination and leave the tram at the Arena/ Don Valley tramstop. Journey time around 20 -30 minutes (depending on time of day).
There are Supertram park and ride sites at Meadowhall Interchange (address Barrow Road S9 1EP), Nunnery Square (Sheffield Parkway, S2 5DH), Middlewood (Middlewood Road, S6 1TQ) and Halfway (Eckington Way, S20 3GW) which can all be used to catch trams to the Arena.
Engineering works are currently in place on some routes and stops – so check before you travel.
The Arena's preferred taxi firm is Mercury Taxis. You can contact them on 0114 266 2662 for prices and more information. Taxis drop off outside the Arena.
The nearest railway stations are Meadowhall Interchange and Sheffield Midland, both of which are connected to the Arena by buses and trams.
The nearest airport is Robin Hood Airport at Doncaster.
I'M DRIVING - HOW DO I GET THERE AND WHERE DO I PARK?
If you are in the car, the full address for your sat nav is: Sheffield Arena, Broughton Lane, Sheffield S9 2DF.
The Arena is signposted (with brown signs) from Sheffield Parkway. If you are travelling from the M1, leave at junction 33.
The are nearly 1,000 on-site car parking spaces available in Car Parks A & B with an additional parking facility at Car Park C within a one minute walk from the venue for 200 cars.
Car Park A - Attercliffe Road
This car park is recommended for those travelling from the M1 J34, Meadowhall and the North.
Car Park B - Broughton Lane
This car park is recommend for those travelling from the M1 J33 and the South.
Car Park C - Great Central
This car park is open on all events, but advance pre-paid tickets only go on sale when Car Parks A&B have sold out, and as a result, it is highly unusual for the Arena to sell this car park in advance of the show day. This car park is located a one minute walk from the venue and can be accessed through the entrance on Greenland Road. There is a 2.1 metre height restrictor at the entrance and is recommend for those travelling from the M1 J33 and the South. Car Park C is locked 1 hour after the end of a show
To guarantee on-site parking at the Arena, parking tickets can be purchased in advance at www.sheffieldarena.co.uk or on 0114 256 56 56 or in person at the box office. Pre-purchased car park tickets will be posted to you in advance and are cheaper than those purchased on the day.
Once you have purchased your car park ticket, on the day of the event you can usually access the Arena car park from 3pm unless otherwise stated and leave at any time - unless there is another performance when you will have to vacate the car park by a given time.
Please ensure your car park ticket (whether pre-paid or purchased on the day from the car park attendant) is clearly displayed when you leave your vehicle in the Arena car park.
There is no charge if you chose to bring a bike or motorcycle to a show and park in the Arena car park. There is a limited number of metal railings to attach your bike to but there is no shelter or locker facility.
CAN I STAY OVER?
The Arena has several partner hotels which are located nearby and offer prices to suit all budgets and tastes. They are the Hampton by Hilton Sheffield, Carlton Park Hotel, Welcome Inn, Ibis Budget Sheffield Arena and Ibis Hotel Sheffield City Centre. Visit http://www.sheffieldarena.co.uk/plan-your-visit/local-accommodation/ for details of hotels.
CAN I GET SOMETHING TO EAT AND DRINK INSIDE?
The Arena has a wide variety of drinks and food on offer inside the concourses, ranging from hot foods such as burgers, hot dogs, pizza and chips to crisps, ice creams, sweets and snacks.
There are bars selling beer, bitter and other bottled soft drinks.
It may be a requirement at some shows that all drinks purchased are poured into plastic containers.
There are no seating and table areas in which to consume your food and beverages, but you can take your purchases into the Arena and consume them in the comfort of your own seat.
Only food purchased on the premises may be consumed in the venue.
Food and drink outlets accept cash and debit/credit cards through contactless and chip and pin payment machines. There is also a cash machine located in the venue on Green Concourse (charges of £1.50 per transaction apply to cash withdrawals).
WHAT ARE THE OTHER FACILITIES?
There are baby changing facilities in the ladies toilets on both the ground floor level at Entrance C and on concourse level. There is also baby changing facilities in the gents toilets on both the Red and Blue concourse.
No smoking is allowed inside the venue, but a pass-out system operates allowing people to smoke outside in a designated area.
There is no cloakroom facility at the Arena.
WHERE CAN I GET A DRINK BEFORE THE SHOW?
There are two popular pubs close by to the Arena - the family pub Arena Square Table Table which offers a wide range of food and drink (address is 3 Arena Court, Attercliffe, Sheffield, S9 2LF Tel: 0114 243 2320) and The Noose and Gibbet which is situated at 97 Broughton Lane and is directly opposite the Arena (Tel: 0114 261 7182).
WHERE CAN I GET SOMETHING TO EAT BEFORE OR AFTER THE SHOW?
Diners are spoiled for choice with a vast array of eating options available over the road at Valley Centertainment. The leisure park, which has hundreds of parking spaces (but note there is a parking enforcement scheme in operation) boasts Five Guys, Bella Italia, Burger King, Chiquito, Coast To Coast, Frankie and Benny's, Handmade Burger, Nando's, Pizza Express and Subway.
If you've got plenty of time to spare, there's also a Cineworld cinema, Hollywood Bowl bowling alley, Laser Quest, Monkey Bizness indoor play centre and Paradise Island Adventure Golf.
WHAT'S THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE?
Friday: Heavy rain showers and a moderate breeze.
Saturday: Light rain showers and a fresh breeze.
CAN I GET UPDATES ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
CAN I STILL GET A TICKET?
The Arena box office can be contacted on (0114) 2565656.