Boyzlife performing at the Glee Club Nottingham on Tuesday 19th December 2017.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

Last night a packed Glee Club welcomed Keith Duffy from Boyzone, and Brian McFadden, a former Westlife member on the final night of their Boyzlife tour and from the off they delivered a night of mischief and fun that had the audience on their feet from the start.

Owning the stage in support was 2016 X Factor contestant, Christian Burrows who was both endearing and engaging as he entertained with his self penned Open Your Eyes and his latest single, the emotional and beautiful Two Again.

Leaving the stage to the very charismatic Duffy and McFadden, the predominantly female audience took full advantage of how up close and personal the duo was in this tight venue. With McFadden donning a fetching Peaky Blinder’s cap, they started their near two hour set with Westlife’s When You’re Looking Like That.

With their between song banter and sometimes questionable language, they entertained from the off. With Duffy taking a phone from an audience member and taking selfies to McFadden making an excuse for Duffy, saying “ excuse our voices, he’s just not very good”, the songs sometimes took back stage.

But with Westlife’s Swear It Again, Mandy and Flying Without Wings and Boyzone’s Baby Can I Hold You, Father And Son and You Needed Me, there was plenty of arm waving, mobile phone torches and singing along. A particular highlight was when Ben Laurie, a massive fan with autism, was invited on to the stage and handed the microphone for a tender Love Me For A Reason, and accompanying him not just with the lyrics but also the dance moves, the duo let him briefly steal the show.

With an evident chemistry between them, there were few stories about their lives on the road with their respective bands but more about their obvious friendship. Finishing a great night of entertainment with When The Going Gets Tough and Uptown Girl, they seemed really reluctant to bring the whole evening to an end.