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Ahead of the much-anticipated Spice Girls reunion concert at Croke Park tonight, why not watch the new mini-series centring around five die-hard fans of the 90s girl-band?

'People of the World, Spice up your Life!' is a message the world can't seem to forget, and the supergroup have achieved some incredible feats in their day. 

In 1996, when the girl-band exploded into our homes, it's safe to say they made an everlasting impact on the lives of millions of people around the world.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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RTÉ Player is now showing five short documentaries, called Spice Up Your Life!, for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

20 years may have gone by, but the intensity and passion of the band's fan-base lives on. The documentary series interviews five massive fans about their love for Baby Spice, Sporty Spice, Crazy Spice, Posh Spice and Baby Spice.

Whether it was in times of friendship, love, loss, ambition, travelling the world or even bulling, The Spice Girls influences the lives of these fans irreversibly and made them who they are today.

Spice Up your Life is the nostalgic trip down memory lane we all need, exploring how the message of one girl-group can leave an enduring effect on the world.

These fve individual short documentaries, revolving around the personal stories of Niamh & Caitriona, Anthony, Alex, Lisa and Clara, will leave you entertained and reminiscing on 1990s girl power.

Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Mel B, Emma Bunton and Mel C brought some amazing tunes to our repertoire, and Wannabe lives on as the biggest track of 1996.

We'll miss Posh Spice on stage tonight, but it's still set to be an incredible show.

1. Ex-Fair City actor Anthony Delaney

Growing up gay in rural Kilkenny, The Spice Girls' message of individualism guided 35-year-old Anthony Delaney through the tough times in his life.

Niamh Kelly & Caitriona O’Brien

Through thick and thin, 37-year-old Niamh Kelly and Caitriona O'Brien's mutual adoration of The Spice Girls has formed a close friendship lasting over 25 years.

Lisa Curran – Kerry

31-year-old vocal coach Lisa Curran found inspiration in The Spice Girls' message through her son Christopher. Her little boy was born with autism, and the band's message helped him to accept that he was different.

Alex Le Moss – via Brazil

Alex Le Moss, who is a brand new Irish citizen, learned English through his mother's translation of the Spice Girls lyrics. He grew up in Brazil with dreams of travelling across the world to meet the band.

Clara Caslin – Dublin

Clara Caslin's dad bought her tickets to see the Spice Girls in concert back in 1997. He has since passed away, but she was first in the queue this year to get tickets for the Croke Park gig.

Each of the five documentaries are special and heart-warming in their own way, take a look now on RTÉ Player to get you in the mood for tonight's exciting gig.

Spice Up Your Life is brought to you by Docland, a new online short-form documentary strand presented by RTÉ Documentaries for the RTÉ Player.

Feature image: Instagram/@girl_power.uk

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Westlife have finally announced their special guests for their upcoming, highly anticipated Croke Park gigs.

This Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July 2019, the band will be performing at the stadium with Irish band Wild Youth and X-Factor winner James Arthur as support.

Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian have also announced that a limited number of extra ticekts for both shows will go on sale this Friday, May 10 at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tickets for both gigs were immediately snapped up after going on sale, so fans will be absolutely thrilled to hear the latest announcement. 

The global pop kings will perform brand new songs from their latest album, Spectrum, alongside their greatest hits and all 14 number one songs; Swear It Again, Flying Without Wings, You Raise Me Up and Unbreakable.

Their return to music has resulted in a frenzy of media coverage, not to mention fan hysteria from nostalgic former listeners.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The stadium shows will be their first as a group since playing Croke Park back in 2012.

Westlife have sold over 55 million records worldwide, and are the sole band to have had their first seven singles enter at No. 1 on the UK chart. 

Another unbelievable record; the lads have the most singles of any artist to debut at No. 1 in the UK, and have had an amazing 33 No. 1 albums worldwide. 

Spectrum, and their latest single Hello My Love, were released in September and was the first since 2011.

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Thank the Gods: SO many of us didn't get tickets to see Westlife in Croke Park this July, and were pretty f*cking devastated.

Why should anyone miss out on the nostalgia, the final tour, the emotional rendition of Flying Without Wings? It wouldn't be fair, right, nor JUST we say.

Lucky for everyone involved, EXTRA DEMAND tickets are going onsale next week for one of the biggest gigs of their career.

GAA tickets for their stadium dates at Croke Park on Friday July 5 and Saturday 6 will go onsale this Tuesday February 12 at 9an from Ticketmaster nationwide.

When tickets for The Twenty Tour were first released, they were snapped up ridiculously quick in October, so the announcement comes as unreal news for any fans who missed out.

The lads are expected to be performing their absolute BOP of a new single Hello My Love, alongside their greatest hits and their 14 number one hits; Swear it Again, World of Our Own, Uptown Girl and When You're Looking Like That being among them.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian announced their musical comeback and essentially shut down social media with nostalgia vibes.

The shows will be their first as a band in the Republic of Ireland since they played Croke Park back in June of 2012.

The group have sold over 55 million records worldwide, and are the only band to have their first seven singles enter the UK chart at number one: WHOA.

Make sure to get yourselves ready early on Tuesday morning, the ticket snatch could be pure manic.

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Westlife have just released a brand new single called Hello My Love, and naturally fans have damn near lost their sanity over it.

The boyband are set to release their first album since 2010's Gravity, and The Twenty Tour is already the group's fastest selling tour of all time.

Mark, Shane, Nicky and Kian will play massive Croke Park dates in July, which has fans ecstatic in expectation.

An INSANE 400,000 tickets were sold in just 48 hours, so you can bet on their new single being played on the radio pretty much 24 hours a day from now on.

Their new tune, Hello My Love, was written by renowned pop hitmakers Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac, so it's bound to be a successful chart-topper.

However, one perceptive Twitter user named Aifric noticed the peculiar lyrics about hair which are featured in the song, and now we're confused.

In case you've been living under a sizeable rock and have missed the furore, the semi-romantic lyrics are;

"'Cause you could have someone without a belly or a temper, perfect teeth, hair growing where's meant to…"

Hair growing where it's meant to? 

Aifric commented; "the lyrics to the new Westlife song are…grim," pointing out the strangeness of body hair being featured in a supposed love song.

What exactly is the definition of 'hair growing where it's meant to'? We're fairly sure that all hair grows where it's meant to, it's called EVOLUTION lads. Look it up.

We genuinely hadn't noticed the lyrics, we were too busy blasting the tune and wrangling randomers online to try and get a Croke Park ticket, but now we're investigating the song for science purposes only.

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*Strokes beard thoughfully*

Seeing as we're an extremely balanced source, we decided to search for other Westlife fans (or foes) who have expressed opinions on the lyrics.

One Twitter user @ghoulenaloops, wrote that the lyrics go straight to the heart, proclaiming; "That's LOVE'. Alright then, if you say so.

Some fans don't have any issue with the lyrcs, it seems. Maybe the boys meant it in a 'this girl is far too good for me' way?

After all, the chorus suggests that the writer of the song emphasises that his lady is so perfect, that he's punching far above his weight.

"Hello, my love, I've been searching for someone like you for most of my life, happiness ain't a thing I'm used to. You could have fallen hard for anyone, plenty of fish in the sea…
For all of time, now I know, It's just my angel and me."

The boyband essentially specialise in ballads and pop songs revolving around a (female) love interest, but this tune kind of implies that the lad is insecure AF.

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Twitter had some more…interesting… reactions, mainly from fans who choose to ignore the eccentric lyrics out of sheer dedication to the band.

Others hilariously commented on the fact that any decent assumptions which were made about the physique of the Westlife lads were being steadily shattered;

@Wendybird1 wrote that the lyric is, heaven forbid, ruining illusions about Shane Filan's 'perfect body'. The poor woman must be devastated.

Another fan with a 'wee soft spot' for the musical foursome commented that the lads are…*gasp* 'SCRAPING THE BARREL with these lyrics. Ouch, that one hurt.

Typically, society tells men that hair growing in the 'wrong' place translates to back hair, nostril hair and even hair sprouting out of ears.

If we fight back against the patriarchy controlling women's body hair (anyone who has experienced a Hollywood wax knows the PAIN), shouldn't we encourage men to embrace their bodies in their natural state?

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Society shouldn't have any say in an individual's body and its preference of hair, but perhaps Westlife like a bit of male grooming?

Manscaping has become a major trend for men in recent years, which is essentially the equivalent of a bikini wax.

However, some ladies love a hairier man. Everyone has their own styles and preferences, who are we to define them?

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What are your thoughts on the lyrics, innocent male insecurity or just plain body-shaming?

Give us your receipts, our scientific investigation on the mane matter rages on…

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Westlife's brand new single Hello My Love has OFFICIALLY been released, after airing on Breakfast Republic on RTE 2FM this morning.

The boyband uploaded a short video to Twitter confirming the catchy pop track's release, and the internet went into absolute meltdown.

The tune was written by renowned pop hitmakers Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac, so it's bound to make it to the top of the charts.

In the short clip, Kian Egan announces to their ecstatic fanbase; "Our brand new single Hello My Love is out right now!"

The boys will be performing the new single on tomorrow night's The Graham Norton Show, which is set to be a big night for Shane, Kian, Mark and Nicky.

The lads are releasing their first album in a whopping EIGHT LONG YEARS, and it's safe to say our hearts may just stop when it drops.

Nicky Byrne shared a short audio of the song yesterday, and we're in our graves from sheer excitement already;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Westlife will finish their tour with two massive dates at Croke Park in Dublin this July, which had tickets flying out the door.

The four members shared a photo which appeared to have been taken inside GAA Headquarters before the tour was confirmed, teasing their Croke Park gigs to excited fans.

The Twenty Tour is the boybands' fastest selling tour of all time, it sold an INSANE 400,000 tickets in just 48 hours.

In other news, Westlife have dismissed consistent rumours that Brian McFadden is to rejoin the band, commenting that: “Everyone is talking about this except us.”

It's Robbie Williams vs Take That drama all over again. At least we're getting a brand new chune and a tour?

We don't even know if we're ready for the explosion of Westlife fever which will ensue from their single, prepare yourselves gals.

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Christmas has come early for Westlife fans as the band have annouced their comeback single. Nicky Byrne took to Instagram to share the exciting news.

He posted a photo of him and his bandmates rehersing in the studio ahead of their string of reunion shows in 2019.

The 2FM DJ wrote, “Here we go again! Having just announced two Cardiff dates that bring the Twenty Tour to 32 shows so far next summer in Ireland/UK.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nicky confirmed that they will release a brand new album in 2019. This will be the World Of Our Own singers’ first album in eight years.

However, before the lads kickstart their massive reunion tour, they will release a single and are set to perform on one of the UK’s biggest chat shows.

“But it all kicks off on The Graham Norton Show January 11th with our brand new single,” Nicky teased.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fans couldn’t help but gush about the exciting news in the comments. “I am so excited for the 11th of January. The best thing to start off 2019.”

Another wrote: “I can’t wait, Nicky. I’m counting down the days to January 11.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One fan added: “This picture makes me so happy. Seeing you lads all together in front of a mic again. I can't wait to listen to the new single."

We are beyond ready for the Uptown Girl singers’ to perform their new single on January 11, 2019.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What a great way to start the new year.

The band recently sold out a mammoth number of shows across Ireland and the United Kingdom, including two dates in Dublin’s Croke Park in July.

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This morning, thousands flocked to Ticketmaster to try and secure tickets for the opening night of iconic 90s girl band The Spice Girls reunion world tour. 

However, many struggled to get the tickets they so desperately sought. Taking to Twitter, hundreds complained that they were unable to find tickets, b elieving the gig to be sold out. 

However, after a quick search of the site, it seems that more tickets have been released. 

As of 9.45am, there are still tickets available for the standard price of €99.50.

It seems that Standing room tickets are gone, but seating and tiered seating remain for their May 24th gig. 

With true girl power, they will be the first girl group ever to headline Croke Park.

The iconic 90s group broke Ticketmaster's records when the original tour dates sold out, becoming the site's busiest ever sale – so we're not surprised people are having trouble today. 

According to the search result, there are over 337 different types opf tickets available for the gig. 

Prices range from €69.00 to €191.00 for Golden Circle tickets.

 

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Get the phone, laptop and any device with Internet connection out – quickly.

Tickets to see the Westlife boys are selling out in seconds, as they go on general sale this morning.

If you've missed out on snapping up the tickets – fear not.

The band has just announced an extra date at Croke Park on Saturday, July 6, due to phenomenal demand.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tickets are priced from €59.50 inclusive and are on sale now via Ticketmaster outlets.

Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian will take to the stage for the first time in seven years next May, June and July. 

If you're one of the lucky ones who has secured tickets, you'll be bopping along to brand new songs.

But the boys haven't forgotten about their greatest hits and you will be belting out smash hits like Swear It Again, Flying Without Wings, You Raise Me Up and Unbreakable

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Last week, Westlife announced the exciting news of their return and their Twenty Tour.

The band have signed a new record deal with Virgin EMI, and will release new music soon.

These shows will be their first as a group since they played Croke Park in Dublin on 23rd June 2012.

Now stop reading and go get those tickets!

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After news of Westlife's reunion shook the internet, reports are flooding in that the iconic 90s boyband will be taking to the stage in Croke Park. 

After calling it a day in 2012, the boy band have reportedly signed a new deal with Universal.

The Irish Daily Mail reports that Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan are set to head off on a UK and Ireland tour in 2019. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The tour, reported to take place in the summer months, will end with a behemoth performance at Dublin's Croke Park Stadium.

The band previously played two shows in the GAA venue on their farewell tour in 2012 before calling it a day on their music careers. 

'Boyzone are wrapping up their career playing small shows and racecourses, so this (Westlife's) comeback tour has to be bigger and better than anything they have done before,' a source told the newspaper.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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However, there is one catch – former member Brian McFadden won't be joining the reunion. 

The band are expected to announce the tour next month. 

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While we're delighted that Dublin plays host to some of the biggest names in music on a regular basis, if you're not from the Big Smoke, the costs of concert attending can get steep. 

There's the cost of getting up to the capital from wherever in the country you hail, getting back home again AND if you're relying on public transport, there's a chance you might have to shell out for an overnight stay after the concert. 

Irish Rail is taking steps to combat this, and with Taylor Swift taking to Croke Park stadium this Friday and Saturday, the train authority has decided to add additional services to run after the concert to get you home safe. 

If you're from Galway or Cork, you;'re in luck, here are the times of the additional services after the gig: 

  • Dublin Heuston to Galway 00:30hrs
  • Dublin Heuston to Cork 00:40hrs

As for getting to the gig, an extra train at 9.05am has been added from Tralee to Dublin Heuston. 

If you're planning on getting any of the extra trains, it's worth noting that pre-booking as a must. 

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If you're lucky enough to be going to the T Swift gigs on Friday or Saturday, there are a few things you need to know before you put on your red lipstick and head to Croker.

First off, doors are at 5:45pm, Charlie XCX goes on at 6:30pm, and she's followed by Camilla Cabello at 7:15pm (though these times may change slightly because of increased security measures).

Attendees are advised to arrive with plenty of time to spare, and no later than 8pm. You'll need to extra time to go through the security check before all the acts start. No queueing is allowed before the gates open since it could disrupt the residents in the neighbourhood. 

And sorry to all of you backpack fans – rucksacks and large handbags should be left at home. There are also no cloakroom or storage facilities available at the site, and bags can't be left at entrances or surrounding areas.

Security checks will be going on, so those who come with backpacks or large bags in tow may be refused entry or experience a bit of a delay. It's recommended that your bag is about A5 size (or 5.8 by 8.3 inches). Everything will be subject to a search.

Don't forget that it's an outdoor event, so come prepped for the weather but leave your umbrella at home as they're not allowed.

Objects that are also forbidden include:

  • Glass or cans
  • Alcohol
  • Garden furniture
  • Selfie sticks
  • Flares
  • Professional cameras
  • Cameras with a detachable lens
  • Video cameras
  • Audio recording devices
  • iPads
  • GoPros

For the full list of prohibited items, you can check here.

Kids under five aren't permitted as the promoter says large outdoor concerts aren't a suitable environment for them.

Under 14s aren't allowed in the pitch standing area, and under 16s must have a parent or guardian with them at all times wherever they are.

The promoters and An Garda Síochána can refuse admission to anyone under the influence of alcohol.

Re-admissions are not allowed, so be sure that if you leave the concert you're really ready to go.

And though we get wanting to beat the traffic, it's requested that concert-goers not rush to the exits after Taylor is done dazzling them.

Speaking of traffic, it's recommended that you give yourself an extra two hours travelling time getting both to and from the event.

Fans are all encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transit to the venue (but if you must drive, please carpool).

Irish Rail will operate additional services on both nights, including a Dublin Heuston to Galway train at 12:30am and other trains to be confirmed. You can check on additional services at their website.

If you're looking for more info on the event (including approach routes), check out the public notice here. You can also email customercare@mcd.ie if you have any remaining questions.

So stay safe, leave the tote bag at home, and enjoy yourself! 

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As the festive season fast approaches, it's time to reignite our love for the 'King of Cool' himself, Michael Bublé.

And what better way to reacquaint yourself with the Canadian crooner than a fully seated concert at Dublin's Croke Park?

That's right, the multi-Grammy award winner has just announced he will perform at the iconic venue on Saturday, July 7, 2017.

This will be his first performance on Irish shores in five years and his only Irish date of 2018.

Speaking about the announcement, Michael said: “I can’t wait to come over to see my fans in Dublin and play Croke Park for my largest ever Irish show! "

"You guys have been patient and I can't thank you enough for all your support. And for those of you that haven’t seen me live, well… I just haven’t met you yet!”

Tickets from €89.50 including booking fee go on sale Friday, November 17, at 9am via Ticketmaster.

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