It’s no secret but my cousin Audrey is a huge Westlife fan. When Candy got invited to attend their press con, she begged me I asked her to cover the event and share her one-of-a-kind experience with us. Take it away, Auds…
Hi Candy Girls!
September 29, 2011 was like an unbelievable dream to me… It all started when my best friend Adeleine and I went to the airport to wait for our favorite band to arrive. Lucky for us, Ade’s mom knew someone from the airport so we got passes to stay in the immigration area. We were the only fans there, so it felt like we were VIPs! At 12:17am, their plane landed. After what seemed like an everlasting wait (seriously though, it was just over 15 minutes—tops!), the four Irish lads breezed through immigration, and we were lucky enough to take a picture with Nicky!
fans there, so it felt like we were VIPs! At 12:17am, their plane landed. After what seemed like an everlasting wait (seriously though, it was just over 15 minutes—tops!), the four Irish lads breezed through immigration, and we were lucky enough to take a picture with Nicky!
That’s me and Ade with Nicky (spot Shane at the back getting his passport stamped, haha!)
Less than 12 hours after that fateful first meeting, we trekked to EDSA Shangri-La to attend the Westlife press conference. It started around 3:40 pm since the lads weren’t informed (ugh!). We didn’t get the chance to ask a question, but just staring at them, hearing their voices, and sitting in the
front row made the wait really worth it! One of the highlights of the press con was Mark saying, “Something very magical happened 10 years ago when we released our first and second albums. The first time we came to Manila for a concert, it was one of the most mind-blowing experiences of our life—to come from so far away and for everyone to know our names, pets’ names, brothers’ names… They know so much about us. It was such an overwhelming experience! We got off to a great start, and over the years, we just tried to come back as much as possible.”
Mark, Kian, Shane, and Nicky all smiles during the press con
Concert time! This year’s Gravity Tour featured hit songs from Westlife’s previous albums like “My Love” and “When You’re Looking Like That” as well as some of their newer singles. Of course, there’s a medley in every tour they have, and I found this year’s medley really fun and entertaining because of the songs they picked (Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” was cool!) and the blue-red-yellow Mickey Mouse shirts they wore! The crowd was extra loud that night too! Even Shane tweeted that the audience was the loudest crowd he’s heard in a long time. I guess that just really proves how much the Filipino fans missed them.
What an amazing day it was for me! For someone who has loved and supported them for years, it’s a dream come true to see them again in the flesh! It was crazy, hectic, and tiring 24 hours, but I know my friend and I will always look back and consider it as one of the best fangirl moments of our lives! Hopefully, we’ll see the boys again soon. Maybe for their Greatest Hits World Tour?
A girl can dream…