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Westlife farewell concert to be shown in cinemas

Image caption Westlife announced their split in October last year

The farewell concert by Irish pop band Westlife is to be screened live to cinemas in the UK and Ireland and across Europe.

The group, who announced last October they were splitting after 14 years, are set to bow out with a final concert at Dublin's Croke Park on 23 June.

The event will be screened at more than 200 cinemas in nine countries including Belgium, Denmark, Estonia and Norway.

There are also plans to screen the gig in Australia and South Africa.

The band, whose 14 UK number ones include 1999 hit Flying Without Wings, have sold more than 44 million records worldwide.

Organisers said tickets for the 23 June concert sold out in minutes, leading them to schedule another date at the Dublin venue on 22 June.

"It is bound to be a hugely emotional night and we expect to have tears in our eyes for nearly every song," the group said in a statement.

"The fact that the show will be beamed to our fans in cinemas around the world only adds to our excitement."

Tickets for the cinema screenings will go on sale later.

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