Sob! After 25 years together, Boyzone have announced details of their farewell arena tour and their final album.

The new album, Thank You & Goodnight, will be released on November 16 and the band will be playing Belfast's SSE Arena on January 23 and Dublin's 3Arena on January 24, 2019 before heading to the UK for a number of dates.

Tickets for the gigs go on sale on Friday, June 22 at 9.00am.

The Irish foursome, Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch, said: "When we started out as five young Dublin Northsiders, eager to face the world, we never imagined that we’d still have an army of fans some twenty-five years later...

"If you’d seen our famous first TV appearance on The Late Late Show (skip to 6 minutes for that epic dance routine!), you’d probably be surprised too!"

Boyzone Late Late Show
Boyzone's make an, ahem, memorable first impression on the Late Late Show

They continued: "But what followed was the stuff of dreams. We’ve played stadiums and arenas all over the world, released six albums, and had almost two dozen hits. We really can’t put into words just how much you, the fans, have supported us along the way. Without that support, we would have never achieved what we have, and for that we’re eternally grateful."

"We’ve had some tough times too. The loss of Stephen left scars that we will carry as a band forever. We were immensely touched by all the tributes and messages of support that helped us through the dark days. Stephen was our brother and will always be at the very the heart of Boyzone."

"Twenty five years is a long time. We’re certainly not boys anymore, and we all feel that we should now call time on our lives together as Boyzone and go out on a real high."

"This November we will be releasing our final album, Thank You & Goodnight. We’ve recorded twelve brand new tracks that we hope you’ll enjoy listening to as much as we’ve enjoyed making them.

Boyzone pictured in 1996

"We’re especially excited to share a very special tribute to Stephen in the shape of a new song, I Can Dream. We came across a demo that he originally recorded for his solo album in 2002 and we’ve had the opportunity to re-work the song and add our harmonies alongside his lead vocal. It was a bittersweet experience to hear all our voices together again. It’s the closest the five of us will ever get to being in a room together again making music.

"And we’re also eager to invite you all to one final celebration of twenty-five years of Boyzone and our journey together. We would love for you to raise the roof one last time as we head out on our farewell UK and Ireland arena tour.

"We know this love’s forever. That’s all that matters, no matter what…"

Watch the lyric video for I Can Dream below.

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Tickets for Boyzone's Farewell Tour go on sale Friday June 22 at 9am from usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

In May, Ronan Keating confirmed that the band would be splitting following their 25th anniversary celebrations, leading to an outpouring of sadness from their legions of fans on Twitter.

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