Boyband stars to headline popular family festival this summer

Two former boyband stars are heading to Blyth this summer as a popular festival makes its return.

By David Sedgwick
Friday, 14th January 2022, 8:00 am
Boyzlife stars Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden will be headlining Blyth Live Festival this summer.
Boyzlife stars Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden will be headlining Blyth Live Festival this summer.

After a two year break due to the Covid pandemic, Blyth beach will once again be transformed this summer into Northumberland’s largest, free family festival.

Blyth Live Festival will return, bringing with it one of the hottest names in pop music for fans, residents and visitors to enjoy.

Funded by Blyth Town Council, The Blyth Live Festival will take place on Saturday, June 18.

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It will be headlined by long time pals Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden who were previously members of '90s and '00s boybands Boyzone and Westlife.

They have now combined their talents and hit records and united as Boyzlife.

With Boyzone, Keith Duffy enjoyed six UK number one singles and 16 single releases making the top five.

Brian McFadden has enjoyed similar success, including 12 UK and Ireland number ones as a member of Westlife, and a record breaking seven top spots in a row.

The duo’s top hits include Flying Without Wings, No Matter What and Love Me for a Reason.

The band have recently completed a sell-out UK tour and their upcoming Blyth Live Festival appearance is sure to attract a huge audience.

Cllr Adrian Cartie, Chair of Blyth Town Council’s Community Development Committee, said: “This is a major concert for the town as Keith and Brian have had a lot of chart success between them.

"Everyone will be able to sing their hearts out at Blyth beach.”

Mayor of Blyth Town Council Cllr Margaret Richardson said: “In the past we’ve had around 15,000 people enjoying themselves for free as the place to go for a good family day out.

"We try to cater for everyone at our events both residents and visitors, and I think that once again this festival will bring people into the town which can only be good for retail, hospitality and business.”

As well as the musical attractions, the festival will have street theatre, superb food and a family activity area which will keep all ages entertained. More acts will be announced in due course.