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Westlife have landed in a bit of hot water to say the least, after fans with disabilities and elderly concert-goers were told to 'stand or go home' from their gig.

Despite paying up to €180 for a ticket, some fans were physically unable to stand for the sell-out show at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow last night but were forced to leave.

The boy-band were forced to apologise on stage after hundreds of their fans discovered their seating tickets were now invalid. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Frustrated crowds were informed less then an hour before the iconic band were due to begin the show that their tickets were no longer valid, though some fans splashed out on over €1,000 for VIP experiences at the 'Twenty Tour'.

Traffic delays had resulted in vital equipment for creating a stage level seating area failing to turn up at the venue. according to organisers.

The SSE Hydro posted a statement on its Facebook page just before the doors opened to the gig, saying that fans would be forced to stand or ask for a refund.

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Some groups claimed they were offered alternative seating 'nowhere near' their original choice, while other devoted fans had to travel back to Aberdeen that same night.

One fan, Sophie Campbell, does not attend gigs on a regular basis due to her struggles with asthma, but made an exception to see Westlife with her disabled mother Margo.

Sophie paid for front row tickets was told on arrival to stand. Understandably furious, she claimed to the Irish Mirror that staff refused to give her disabled mother a wheelchair to sit in.

"I don't go to concerts to stand because my asthma is too bad, small enclosed spaces don't work for me. I was told when I got here I could stand or get a full refund. That's all."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She continued;

"I asked for a wheelchair for my disabled mother and was told she can either deal with it and stand or go home and come back to the Hydro tomorrow for a refund, so I've got to drive all way back to Glasgow for a refund."

Another fan, Niki Kane, explained to staff that three of her group of six people suffered from arthritis , sciatica and fibromyalgia, and so needed seating. 

"We were told to either stand or leave and try for a refund but it would not be guaranteed. There didn't seem to be any organisation or concern for the interest for ticket holders."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The band were later forced to apologise to the crowds on behalf of the organisers and crew, and emphasised that transporting production equipment from Belfast to Scotland was the reason for the delays.

Nicky Byrne said: "The options were, at seven o'clock tonight, no show or give them the best show that we could give them, which would mean standing on the floor for you guys.

"Rather than send you all home and postpone for another night we thought we'd just go out and give them a great show. We hope you don't mind. So thank you for being so understanding – we really appreciate that."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A spokesperson for the SSE Hydro said:

"The seating layout for tonight's Westlife show was changed due to unexpected transport delays. For ticketholders who did not wish to or were unable to stand, full refunds are available from the original point of purchase.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused."

Hopefully these fans get their money back in full, it sounded like a distressing experience.

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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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