21 Nov 2018

Boyzone headed to New Zealand for final tour

From RNZ Music, 3:39 pm on 21 November 2018

For the first time in  25 years, Irish boyband Boyzone will be making their way to New Zealand.

Boyzone member, Ronan Keating performs on stage at Grand Hall, Hong Kong Conference and Exhibition Centre, Feb 19, 2003.

Ronan Keating Photo: AFP

Ronan Keating, one of the band members, announced on his Instagram page today that the farewell tour would visit Australia and New Zealand in April.

The band will perform at Auckland's Spark Arena on 9 April and Wellington's TSB Arena on 10 April. 

"Can't tell you how excited and delighted I am to finally be performing in Oz and NZ with the Boyz. First time in 25 years. Get your tickets Nov 29th," he said.

Stephen Gately, late member of Boyzone poses during a press conference in Taipei, Taiwan,  November 4, 2008.

File photo of Stephen Gately during a press conference in Taiwan in 2008. Photo: AFP

Boyzone made it to the charts in the 1990s with hit singles like 'Love Me For A Reason', 'No Matter What', 'Picture Of You' and 'Father and Son'.

They recently released their final album Thank You & Goodnight, in conjunction with the tour.

The album features 12 brand new tracks and finds them collaborating with Ed Sheeran and Gary Barlow.

Also included is a special tribute to late member Stephen Gately with the song 'I Can Dream'.

The group came across a demo that Mr Gately originally recorded for his solo album in 2002. They took the opportunity to re-work the song and add their harmonies alongside his lead vocal.

"It was a bittersweet experience to hear all our voices together again. It's the closest the five of us will ever get to being in a room together again making music," they said.

According to the One World Entertainment website, the group is slated to perform in Auckland, Wellington, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast.

Presale tickets are up for grabs via Ticketmaster from 21 November and general tickets go on sale from 29 November.