WESTLIFE production crews were today putting finishing touches to the amazing six-day transformation which has turned one of the region’s top sports stadiums into a pop arena to rival the best in the world, writes Graham Walker.
The boy band’s spectacular Gravity show boasts a stage featuring some of the most advanced lighting and sound effects on the planet,
Thousands of fans heading for the show this evening at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium are promised a greatest hits spectacular they will never forget.
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The Keepmoat’s grassed football area will be protected with a special flooring which took two days to lay, on Monday and Tuesday. The stage was built on Wednesday and Thursday, with the lighting and sound systems installed yesterday.
This morning the final tweaks were taking place before a sound check ahead of the main event tonight.
It will be the first time Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Kian Egan have entertained their fans in Doncaster. But Ireland’s fab four have performed behind closed doors in the town many times.
The Flying Without Wings stars have jetted in before to rehearse their routines in a hangar at the airport, revealed Shane.
“We’ve been to Doncaster lots of times. We’ve done lots of our rehearsals in an airport hangar in Doncaster. But we’ve never performed a concert there and we are really looking forward to it,’’ he said.
“Flying without wings is my favourite Westlife song. We will be singing it and all the hits, including Uptown Girl, You Raise Me Up and a medley of famous songs.”
But if his son is in the audience tonight, Uptown Girl won’t be the encore.
He explained: “Our kids love the music but they leave before the last song so that they can get out before the crowds. Last time my young son, Patrick, was upset because we didn’t sing Uptown Girl. We did but he missed it and he wouldn’t talk to me for about an hour.
“I’ll have to make sure we sing that one earlier in the set next time!”
One of the support acts tonight will be singer-songwriter Glenn Cal.
Julie Nichol, stadium manager, said: “We are now on countdown to Doncaster’s biggest concert of the year. Ticket sales have been going well, but there is still chance to get your ticket.”
n Tickets, from £35, are available from the Keepmoat Stadium ticket office on 0844 2640920 - for more details visit www.keepmoatstadium.com
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