- 22 May 23
The band are yet to perform in Denmark, Sweden, Mexico, Cardiff and Henley throughout May-July.
Westlife singer, Mark Feehily has revealed that he will not be involved with his band’s Wild Dreams tour this summer, citing health reasons.
The Irish group are due to play five gigs between May and July, which include two UK dates- in Cardiff and Henley, as well as dates in Denmark, Sweden and Mexico.
Taking to social media on Monday, the 42-year-old wrote, "Hey Lovely People, it’s Mark here. This summer, our Wild Dreams tour continues and we are so blessed for the huge love and support we receive from our fans worldwide.
"We have five shows taking place this summer from May-July and it is with deep regret that I will not be able to join Shane, Kian and Nicky on stage for those shows," he shared.
"This week I have to undergo a little bit of surgery,” Feehily continued. “There is nothing to worry about I promise, but under doctor’s orders this surgery needs to happen sooner rather than later and will also require some recovery time throughout the summer."
— Westlife (@westlifemusic) May 22, 2023
Addressing fans, the singer expressed his regret at being unable to attend, assuring them, “I know that you will still have the time of your lives at what will be some amazing shows!"
Feehily concluded by writing, "be there with you all in spirit" and is "very much [looking] forward to getting back on stage with the lads very soon!"
Westlife performed a number of shows last year, including Dublin’s New Year's Festival in December.
Feehily was also forced to withdraw from a number of performances in 2022 due to a bout of pneumonia.
The band’s Wild Dreams tour is now taking place after being postponed since 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.