Everyone who knows me or follows me on Instagram knows that I went to London for a holiday. I had a great time in London the last time I was there, and I wanted to go back to explore the places that I wasn’t able to visit.
At least, that’s what I told people whenever I get asked what I’m doing there. Of course I did those things. But that’s not the main reason why I went there.
The main reason was to watch Westlife’s The Twenty Tour.
I did something similar in the past, where I flew all the way to Manila in the middle of midterms week just to see my favorite singer perform live. But everyone agrees that flying all the way to London just for a concert is a whole new level of devotion! XD
But first, hear me out!
When Westlife announced their reunion, I never thought they’d be reuniting for good. They were all perfectly happy with their individual lives and careers, so I thought they were going to do just one tour, if only to please their fans who have been begging them to get back together since 2012. Coz that’s what bands usually do right?
And when they announced the tour dates, they were all for the UK and for Ireland. No signs of an Asian tour whatsoever1. Now, this was a familiar scenario – for their Farewell Tour in 2012, they only announced UK and Ireland dates, leaving their Asian fans heartbroken and unable to watch them live before they disbanded. I didn’t want that to happen again so I thought to myself: if they’re not bringing this tour to Asia, I’m flying FROM ASIA to see them perform. Now, I’ve never travelled to Europe by myself before, so taking this flight was a big deal for me.
I’m so glad that I made this trip even though planning for it wasn’t easy; I had just gotten employed so I didn’t have much savings to allocate for this trip. I didn’t get to splurge much for merch, plus I got seats that were really far from the stage… but you know what? My heart is full because I got to see my favorite boyband for the first time in 8 years. Everything about the show was splendid. I was able to sing with them, laugh with them, and reminisce with them. But most importantly, I was able to hear all of their voices together right in front of me, for the first time in a long time. Nothing can ever come close to that feeling. ❤️
I was in London for 9 days though, so of course I went for some sightseeing after the Westlife concert! I’ll have a blog post just for this, but for now, here’s a little sneak peek:
I know that 9 days is a short time to spend in London, but it’s more than enough for now because the important thing is that I was able to watch my favorite Irish lads perform. All that planning, all that effort just to see them… It was all worth it and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat!
That is, if they keep on delaying the announcement of Asian tour dates! XD
- They did announce months later that they were going to Asia! But I had already booked my tickets to London then XD ↩