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Westlife shines in Palembang following less satisfactory concerts in Jakarta

Yulia Savitri

The Jakarta Post

Palembang, South Sumatra  /  Wed, August 21, 2019  /  05:00 pm
Westlife shines in Palembang following less satisfactory concerts in Jakarta

Irish boy band Westlife staged a concert as part of the 'Westlife-The Twenty Tour 2019' at the Gelora Sriwijaya Jakabaring Stadium in Palembang, South Sumatra on Aug. 18. (JP/Yulia Savitri)

Irish boy band Westlife staged a concert as part of "Westlife-The Twenty Tour 2019" at Gelora Sriwijaya Jakabaring Stadium in Palembang, South Sumatra on Aug. 18. Thousands of fans who packed the concert venue since the afternoon were able to reminisce with a number of songs that became hits in the 1990s.

Westlife performed 18 songs and kicked off with "Hello My Love" for the hysterically screaming fans who eventually sang along with their idols. Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Nicky Byrne and Kian Egan also covered a couple numbers by Queen, such as the upbeat “Radio Ga Ga” and “Don't Stop Me Now”.

David Ananda, managing director of concert promoter Fullcolor Entertainment, said that the Westlife concert in Palembang was more successful than the ones in Jakarta on Aug. 6 and 7.

"We learned from previous faults that happened in Jakarta to make the concert in Palembang more organized,” said David, adding that he also imposed a number of important things on Westlife's production manager for the concert to be more well-executed.

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In addition, on the technical side, such as the stage, the distance from the audience to the singers, sound system and lighting, there were no complaints directed at the promoter. The audience claimed to be satisfied with the preparations.

The Irish boy band's concert opened with a performance by Indonesian singer Marion Jola, who presented "Bang Bang", a number popularized by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. (ran/mut)

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