Westlife 'ecstatic' and 'emotional' as comeback tour kicks off in Belfast

Westlife on stage at Belfast's SSE Arena on the first night of their comeback tour. Pic by Arthur Allison, Pacemaker
Westlife on stage at Belfast's SSE Arena on the first night of their comeback tour. Pic by Arthur Allison, Pacemaker

Westlife said they were "ecstatic" and "emotional" as they kicked off their comeback tour with their first concert together in seven years.

The Irish boy band - Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan - recently reunited after splitting in 2012.

The capacity crowd enjoying the Westlife concert at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Pic by Arthur Allison, Pacemaker

The capacity crowd enjoying the Westlife concert at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Pic by Arthur Allison, Pacemaker

Speaking immediately after the performance at Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday, they said: "We genuinely missed each other and missed the buzz of performing on stage together. It is incredible to be back.

"The Belfast crowd were unbelievable.

"We're ecstatic and we loved every minute of it. It was emotional at times too.

"It was amazing to see everyone singing along to our new music and other hits."

Irish band Westlife kicked off their reunion tour with a sell-out show at Belfast's SSE Arena. Pic by Arthur Allison

Irish band Westlife kicked off their reunion tour with a sell-out show at Belfast's SSE Arena. Pic by Arthur Allison

The band will be on the road with their Twenty Tour throughout June, July and August.

The tour has sold almost 700,000 tickets - a record for the band.

Westlife said: "We're going to give the fans the best tour we have ever done.

"We are giving everyone the best version of ourselves.

"This is the best job in the world."