Shane Filan says going solo after Westlife was ‘daunting’

Shane Filan launches his autobiography
Shane Filan has opened up about working as a solo artist.

The singer performed as part of Westlife for a hugely successful 14 years, but has since gone on to perform on his own.

Speaking about going it alone, the Sligo man explained that it didn’t take long for him to adapt to solo touring as the support from fans really helped.

“No it didn’t. It was a daunting experience, and something I wasn’t used to. When you’re on your own and see your name on the tickets, and the doors, and catering, and all that craic, it’s a bit weird. It takes a bit of getting used to.

“But the support I have had in the past five years from the fans has been incredible. They keep coming back, and seeing the shows. Hopefully I’m delivering a great show to them every night. I really can’t complain.”

Punchestown Music Festival 2017

When asked what advice he’d give if he was starting out now, he said: “I’ve never really thought about it, you know.”

“The touring side has been really good. This is the third album and the third tour. It’s a lot of fun. At the start, I was probably a bit more apprehensive about it all, a bit more nervous. Coming out of a band like Westlife and starting out on your own is definitely a bit daunting.

“Maybe I would say to relax a little bit more,” he told Ticketmaster.

“The first night of the first tour was very scary, but after that I really enjoyed it. There’s nothing really much that I’d change. It’s progressed nicely every year. We’ve got it down to a fine art now, with the amount of gigs and tours we’ve done. I just really enjoy it.”

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