One of the world’s most successful boy bands will say goodbye to their millions of fans around the world by screening their last ever concert live to cinemas across the UK and Ireland and selected European countries.
Westlife, who have sold more than 45 million records worldwide and scored 14 number one singles in the UK alone, will end their farewell tour by performing together for the last time at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland on June 23rd 2012. Tickets for the final concert originally sold out in an incredible five minutes leaving thousands of fans sorely disappointed. Those fans and others will now be able to participate in this unforgettable moment by attending live screenings in cinemas across the UK, the Republic of Ireland and beyond.
Fans in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Malta, the Netherlands and Norway will all be able to watch the show live in one of over two hundred cinemas after BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, concluded a deal with Sony Music and Westlife to co-produce a live film of the event. BBC Worldwide also recruited alternative content provider ‘BY Experience’ to deliver the event to cinema.
The concert will be available in cinemas in Australia, Estonia, Hong Kong and South Africa later in June and July.
Westlife said: “Over the past 14 years we were lucky enough to have a pop career that any band or musical artist would have been proud of. During that time we developed and built up an amazing bond with our fans all around the world.”
“On June 23rd 2012 we will wrap our musical career as a band with one amazing final show in Croke Park Dublin, Ireland. We're working hard to make it everything we had ever dreamed of from our final concert - a farewell and a homecoming in front of 85,000 fans.”
“It is bound to be a hugely emotional night and we expect to have tears in our eyes for nearly every song. The fact that the show will be beamed to our fans in cinemas around the world only adds to our excitement. We're delighted to be working with BBC Worldwide to make this a reality.”
“Westlife has changed our lives and this final night will live on in us all forever.”
Fans will be able to find their nearest screening at www.westlifecinema.com which will have links to participating cinemas from 9am today.
Salim Mukaddam, Director of Music at BBC Worldwide, said: “Westlife has been a major presence on the pop music landscape for the past 14 years. The final performance at Croke Park is set to be an emotional night and a real celebration of the boys’ career. Only 85,000 fans can be present in the stadium, but we’re delighted to be able to extend the event to their millions of fans across the UK, Ireland and further afield who can now be part of this incredible event at their local cinema. We worked hard with Westlife and Sony Music to strike an innovative deal and we hope this is the first of a number of these kinds of events that you’ll see from BBC Worldwide.”
The Westlife Farewell event follows the success for BBC Worldwide of the international theatrical release of Robbie Williams at the Electric Proms and the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms to cinema audiences. BBC Worldwide will be partnering again with BY Experience to bring this unique event to audiences worldwide.
Robbie Williams previously kicked off his comeback with a live performance at the Electric Proms in 2009. BBC Worldwide licensed the live show to over 250 screens in 23 countries setting a new Guinness World Record for the most simultaneous cinematic screenings of a live concert. The show was also shown latterly in cinemas in South Africa and Australia. Last Night of the Proms has also been screened in cinemas in Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand every year since 2009.
Notes to Editors:
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About Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including American Recordings, Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, BNA Records, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Kemosabe Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, RCA Red Seal, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Verity Gospel Music Group, and Volcano Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.
About BY Experience
BY Experience kicked off the digital revolution of live events to movie theaters and other locations globally with David Bowie’s 2003 Reality album launch and since then, over 15 million tickets have been sold worldwide for cinema events BY Experience has distributed and/or produced including the Met: Live in HD series, the U.K.’s National Theatre Liveseries, Leonardo Live (February 2012), the New York Times speaker’s series TimesTalks LIVE, the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest (June 2011), the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Tempest starring Christopher Plummer (June 2012), Red Hot Chili Peppers Live: I’m With You (August 2011); The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax (June 2010), BBC Electric Proms: Robbie Williams (October 2009), the classic music celebrations BBC Last Night of the Proms (September 2009, 2010, 2011), St. Olaf Christmas Festival (December 2007 and December 2011), David Gilmour: Remember That Night — Live from the Royal Albert Hall (September 2007), and the public radio shows A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (February and October 2010) and This American Life – Live! with Ira Glass (April 2008, May 2009, May 2012). BY Experience distributes to over 50 countries, to 2,000 movie screens. For more information, visit: www.byexperience.net.
The final performance at Croke Park is set to be an emotional night and a real celebration of the boys’ career. Only 85,000 fans can be present in the stadium, but we’re delighted to be able to extend the event to their millions of fans across the UK, Ireland and further afield who can now be part of this incredible event at their local cinema."