Shane Filan performing his Love Always Tour at The Royal Concert Hall Nottingham on Saturday 30th September 2017.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

What is there not to like about former Westlife member Shane Filan? On last night’s performance absolutely nothing as a predominantly female audience will testify to.

After being closed for a ten week renovation it was Filan who took to the stage at the Royal Concert Hall and he kicked it all off in spectacular fashion. Touring in celebration of his third studio album, Love Always, he has more than proved that he can hold his own as a performer.

Following an explosive cinematic introduction, the screams raised the roof at the sight of Filan dressed in a tuxedo with his four piece band smartly suited and booted as they set the tone with Westlife’s When You’re Looking Like That, followed by one of his own numbers, About You, which had the crowd singing along arms aloft.

With an album of love songs to showcase, Unbreakable and This I Promise You went down a storm. With what appeared to be a stage upon a stage, Filan often stepped down to be close to his adoring audience and the louder they screamed, the closer he got. After a delightful Beautiful In White, the band upped the tempo with Knee Deep In My Heart as Filan took the opportunity to change into more casual attire.

Back on stage to deliver a beautiful version of The Bangles’ Eternal Flame and a breathtaking I Can’t Make You Love Me, he got the crowd back on their feet for a medley which included The Power Of Love and Uptown Girl.

Filan was never going to get away without singing You Raise Me Up, and he did with lights from mobile phones illuminating the place, with even his family who were in the audience joining in.

With an encore that finished with World Of Our Own, Filan’s natural charisma, charm and clear love of performing had even the men in the audience on their feet, and some were even dancing.