Westlife have become the latest act to postpone their summer gigs due to the coronavirus outbreak that continues to decimate the live entertainment calendar.
Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Kian Egan were due to play two concerts at Cork's Páirc Uí Chaoimh on August 28 and 29, but today announced that they have had to postpone their only planned Irish dates until 2021.
In a statement, the band confirmed tickets purchased for both concerts will be valid for the rescheduled dates, which are August 27 and 28, 2021.
"To all our Irish fans - following the Irish government's announcement last night (extending the Irish ban on mass gatherings until 31st August) the shows at Cork Páirc Uí Chaoimh have been postponed to 27th and 28th August 2021 with all tickets valid for new dates and no ticket exchange required.
"Tickets purchased for 28th August 2020 are valid for Friday 27th August 2021. Tickets purchased for 29th August 2020 are valid for Saturday 28th August 2021.
"In the meantime, we ask everyone to stay home, stay safe and keep playing your part in fighting the spread of this virus."
Nicky Byrne added on his Instagram account: "We will all come back stronger next year. On the plus side, it gives us an extra year to get our dance moves right."
Please stay safe! All our love Kian, Mark, Nicky and Shane x pic.twitter.com/10XvMioB23— Westlife (@westlifemusic) April 22, 2020
Westlife's UK tour has also been cancelled until further notice. However, they describe their Wembley Stadium concert in London as "a fluid situation" and the gig will only go ahead "if it is completely safe to do so".
Westlife have enjoyed a successful comeback since reuniting in 2018 for their 20th anniversary, claiming 2019's fastest-selling album and their 11th Number 1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart with Spectrum.
Spectrum was the band's 11th studio album and their first since 2010 record Gravity.