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Irish Boy Bands Boyzone and Westlife

Updated on May 6, 2013

 Ireland has given the world much in the form of entertainment. Traditional Irish music and dance are loved the world over. Amongst the many musical talents that have come out of Ireland there are two famous boy bands. These are Boyzone and Westlife.

Boyzone have only recently re-formed and, unfortunately, 2009 saw the sudden death of band member Stephen Gateley. Westlife have undergone some changes over the years also.

Both of these boy bands should really now be referred to as man bands but I guess in musical terms they will always be boys to the fans.


That infamous first performance and much later

Young Boyzone
Young Boyzone
Doing the full monty?
Doing the full monty?
Boyzone in recent years
Boyzone in recent years


The original Boyzone line up was assembled by X Factor judge, fellow Irishman and record producer Louis Walsh. An advertisement for guys to audition to from a new boy band. From more than 300 wannabees the five members of Boyzone were chosen.

Most British Television viewers first saw Boyzone on The Late Late Show with Gay Burns. This Irish show was aired in England some years ago. Boyzone have lived to regret that first performance. Eager to please and show their talents they danced and cavorted and in many ways made themselves look foolish.

Still we have all been young and made mistakes in life.

Over the years though too many chat shows have shown this early video and watched various Boyzone members squirm.

The five members of Boyzone certainly took the British pop charts by storm and had a huge fan base. Ronan Keating was the lead singer. He had a boyish charm and good looks plus quite a good voice. Ronan began to record on his own and the band disolved without ever really breaking up. They in effect broke up in 2000.

Stephen Gately had some musical success and Keith Duffy appeared in British soap Coronation Street. In fact currently he is appearing in this soap again.

Then in 2009 Boyzone reformed. Take That had proved that a boy band could successfully reform after years in the musical wilderness and Boyzone looked set for success again.

Sadly this was not to be. Stephen Gateley tragically, and suddenly, died in 2009.

The future for Boyzone has been a little vague since this sad death but the remaining four members plan to release an album in 2010 which will be dedicated to Stephen. The album will also include some of Stephen's last recordings.


Young Westlife
Young Westlife
West life 2009
West life 2009


Perhaps it is fitting that it was another Irish band that would fill Boyzone's shoes when they broke up.

Westlife were formed in 1998 and at one time were managed by Ronan Keating of Boyzone fame. This was a joint managerial role with Louis Walsh. Even Simon Cowell had been involved in the early management of Westlife.

Westlife were loved by young girls, grandmothers and mums.

They harmonise well and have had much chart success. The original line up has changed though. Brian McFadden left th band in 2004. He has had some chart success on his own. Although Brian was a popular band member his departure does not seem to have halted the march of Westlife.

This Irish band has had many successful tours in various parts of the world and chart success. They have won awards each year since 1999. Granted the amount of awards each year has dwindled but they are still highly successful and hugely popular.

Westlife were one of the many acts that performed on the charity single Everybody Hurts which was a song for Haiti.


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      7 years ago

      don't you guys think westlife is the best iam a fan for 14 years and i truly love them

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      Franceine Papa 

      7 years ago

      I love the song of westlife

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks HP and prasetio. They had a huge fan base.

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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      You remind me about these boy band. Boyzone and Westlife were my favorite band when I was high school. Thanks for share the beautiful video. I rate this UP!

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      H P Roychoudhury 

      9 years ago from Guwahati, India

      I liked the video- "change the World". Thanks for sharing.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks girls I was too old by the time Boybands arrived but who cares lol

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      9 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Good Hub! I enjoyed listening to both bands here.

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      Ultimate Hubber 

      9 years ago

      I love both these bands. Love the kind of music they do.

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      All the Irish singers are great right back from Val Donegan. There is something so clean, pleasant and outgoing about them and their good voices. Thank you for a trip down memory lane.

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      9 years ago

      Ohhh they are good! They performed with The Corrs once it was brilliant. Do you know what, I might actually do that now, you have inspired me! :)

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      9 years ago from Bristol England

      you would never had guessed from their first performance that Boyzone were going to be so big,Louis Walsh must have done a lot of work

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Aw go on sophs I bet you could if you tried. How about researching the Chieftans?

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      9 years ago

      Oohhh I would, but I don't know much about it, I just like the sound haha :) and the nice Irish men who sing it! Hehe :p

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      THanks sophs. Get writing on the real Irish music then please :)

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      9 years ago

      Ohhhhh this brings back memories, I used to adore boyzone back in the day! I love Irish music, real Irish music! I love the song 'Galway Girl' by Steve Earle as well! Great hub Ethel I enjoyed reading this :)


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