Mixed reactions online for Westlife’s ABBA crossover
Westlife kicked off their Wild Dreams Tour at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Friday and Saturday night, and social media is going wild after the boys’ take on ABBA was shared.
Shane, Nicky, Kian and Mark performed to a packed stadium as they rode through the years with a fantastic performance. The band opted for matching outfits, all dressed in black and white cow print outfits as they played their classic hits, as well as many new tracks from their most recent albums.
The band also switched things up and played a tune from Swedish band Abba’s greatest hits, which were widely shared on social media with mixed reactions from fans and non-fans alike.
@buzzibility #westlife #abba #fyp #dublintiktok #dublin #boyband #shanefilan #Ireland #irelandtiktok #pinoytiktok @WeAreSpotlight ♬ original sound – Buzzy
A video circulating on social media platform TikTok, which has racked up more than 17,000 likes, shows the quartet taking the stage in matching outfits, marching to the beat of Abba’s Money Money Money opening chords.
Many questioned why Westlife made Abba’s melody, with some calling the passage “sad”.
One said: “Painful to watch, I used to like it.”
Another asked: ‘And why are they covering ABBA?? What’s going on in Westlife’s pussyfication??’
A third joked: ‘I’m in westlife to hear westlife not ABBA!!’
However, many loved the Westlife and Abba crossover, with one noting that they had never been a fan of ABBA, or like all ABBA songs, “But now I never enough – thank you @westlifemusic for making me love ABBA songs.”
A buzzing fan asked, “Did Westlife do an ABBA megamix in the middle of the concert last night or was it a fever dream I had?”
A third noted that they never realized the crossover was the only thing missing in their lives.
The boys also had a blast on the music of Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love. All wearing the same differently colored costumes, the boys took to the stage to the beat of the music, before stopping and throwing out shapes that many considered “daddy’s dance”.
The boys return to the stage next month, for two shows at Pairc Uí Chaoimh in Cork on Friday August 12 and Saturday August 13. From there, Louis Walsh’s band travel to Belfast for four massive nights at the SSE Arena, starting in December. 15.
The boy’s latest appearance at Irish gigs is part of their The Wild Tours tour. Limited tickets are still available on Ticket Master.
Westlife dances to Beyoncé’s iconic Crazy in Love last night in the Dublin Arena! pic.twitter.com/eA6AKGMSFM
— Niamh🥀 (Fan Acc) (@msyonceslay) July 9, 2022
Such an honor to organize the @westlifemusic #WildDreamsTour mix tribute to @ABBAVoyage @ABBA and see 50,000 people literally having fun last night @AVIVAStadium . #MusicDirector #Thanks for the music pic.twitter.com/TMAjfyTVFA
—Steve Anderson (@MrSteveAnderson) July 9, 2022
Can’t help but think of Westlife doing all those ABBA songs the other night, what a buzz
— Kayleigh Byrne (@Kayleigh_Byrne) July 10, 2022
The conflict in my head I’d rather hear Westlife play obvious, amazing, bop bop baby than an abba mix, but be thankful to the abba mix to be able to take a bathroom break and get some pints pic.twitter.com/0mltW8240x
— Paige (@PaigeMallon_) July 10, 2022