Following his show stopping performance at this year’s Cheerios Childline Concert, X Factor comeback and release of his third album Obsession, Shayne Ward has announced an Irish tour next March.
Shows confirmed for this exceptional vocalists’ Irish tour are as follows:
Tuesday 22nd Belfast, Waterfront Hall
Wednesday 23rd Castlebar, Royal Theatre
Thursday 24th Killarney, INEC
Saturday 26th Dublin, Olympia Theatre
Tickets for the Waterfront Hall show goes on sale from 9am on Thursday 23rd December.
The Waterfront Hall: Telephone – 02890 334455
Book On Line – www.waterfront.co.uk
In person: from 100 Ticketmaster outlets nationwide
24hr hotlines tel: ( ROI ) 0818 719 300/ ( NI ) 0844 277 4455
Buy online: www.Ticketmaster.ie
Shayne Ward burst back onto the scene this year with his Top 10 hit single, the infectious Gotta Be Somebody, the first release from his third album Obsession. The follow-up single of the same name will tie in with the dates.
Shayne’s debut single in 2005, That’s My Goal, sold over 1 million copies in the UK, his album went Platinum in just over a week and reached number one in eight other countries, he’s had two sell out arena tours and received a prestigious Ivor Novello award. It wasn’t just the UK fans that fell for him either. Elevated to superstar status in Asia – Shayne had numerous number ones, received countless awards and spent months touring for his adoring fans. He may have been launched by X Factor but like another vocal great he has already moved beyond that point. Tony Bennett came second in a talent show for singing waiters and got a Sony contract as a result – he went on to record 100 albums for the label! The platform might be different but each generation throws up it’s fair share of real talent and that always rises to the top whatever the route! This time around it’s Shayne Ward!
One listen to his recent album – the first single Gotta Be Somebody, the powerful crescendos in album track Obsession, and vocals bursting with confidence in Foolish and there’s no doubt he’s found his rightful place in pop society. But it’s been quite the journey getting there.
Although he grew up in Clayton, North Manchester, Shayne is fiercely proud of his Irish roots. “Since winning The X Factor its like there’s a major respect for me in the traveling world,” Shayne glows, “ It’s like one of their own has done it. Irish People shout at me in the street as if I’m part of their family – its really warming”. Shayne’s Irish influences permeate his music too, and its no surprise that he is related to Irish folk group The Fureys– “I love listening to proper Irish music – even though some people might find it funny!” he laughs, “It really helps me chill out and reminds me of when I was younger. I’m also a huge fan of artists like Van Morrison, The Dubliners and U2.
Tickets for Shayne Wards Irish tour are on sale this Thursday, 23rd December at 9am.