This is why Boyzone’s Keith Duffy can’t wait to spend Paddy’s Day 2019 in Liverpool
5 years ago
“People do say Liverpool is the real capital of Ireland”
Just a matter of weeks since rocking the M&S Bank Arena with Boyzone and their 25th Anniversary Tour, Keith Duffy will be joined by Westlife star, Brian McFadden for a St Paddy’s Day bash in Liverpool.
Boyzlife, as the duo are known, will be joining Jonny Bongo at Camp & Furnace for 4 special Paddy’s Day Bongo’s Bingo nights from 14th-17th March 2019. Having previously performed live with Bongo’s Bingo in Dubai, Australia and here in the UK, Keith has a special reason to raise a glass on 17th March this and every year, wear waterproof mascara for this one.
Keith said:” For the last 25 years I’ve worked on St Patrick’s Day. The date is also the birthday of our late friend, Stephen Gately, so even if I’ve had St Patrick’s Day off, myself and Shane would always get together and arrange to work a gig or show to remember and celebrate Ste-o’s birthday you know?.
“And this year wont be any different. Myself and Brian have been working with Jonny for the last three years on St Patrick’s Day shows and we always take time out on the day to sing happy birthday to Ste-o.”
Keith had no sooner left the city, having played a packed out M&S Bank Arena in January with Boyzone and having wrapped up the 25th Anniversary Tour he’s keen to get back to party with the scouse crowds, he explained: “Boyzone and I played the arena there a couple of weeks ago and it was absolutely amazing, it was just unbelievable.
“I mean I know the Bongo’s Bingo gig is a lot different, a much smaller venue and everything else but it’s never any less fun when you’re in Liverpool, everybody’s always up for a good night out.”
“We’ve worked a lot with Bongo’s Bingo. When Brian and I first partnered off doing the gigs as Boyzlife, we were kind of testing the water. We’ve been really lucky because since then we’ve done three full sold out tours already and we’ve another UK tour coming up this September.
“Bongo’s Bingo is a great concept, it’s a great night out and it works really well with what Brian and I do. We’ve built up a great relationship with the team and they’ve had us in Dubai, Australia and all over the place. They were very good to us when we were starting off.
“To be honest, our product and what they do works very well together.”
With so many huge hits to choose from not only one but two incredibly successful bands, the bangers just keep on coming when Boyzlife take to the stage. Add in an entire tricolour party atmosphere and you could be mistaken for thinking you’re in the heart of Dublin, rather than the Baltic.
We pitched Boyzone against Westlife and asked which track gets the biggest reaction at Bongo’s Bingo, he said: “Ahh Uptown Girl! We do a medley of Uptown Girl and Going Gets Tough and those two just take the roof off.”
“What you want in a night out is a bit of fun, a bit of banter, some music, some raving, some dancing, good company and then to top it off, a couple of old crooners who can sing songs that you know, It’s a good night out for everybody.”
Keith is setting himself up for a busy 2019, which is handy because he can’t cope with not being busy, he said: ” I enjoy working! I enjoy being busy. Whether its playing the areas for thousands or smaller gigs, I just enjoy being busy.
“I’m so condition to working that when I do get a few days off I get full on cabin fever. It’s not so bad when the family is home but when I’m in the house on my own, I’m like jeeze, three days ago I played Wembley t0 12,000 people and here I am watching Jeremy Kyle on my own.”
Boyzlife is back with a run of 15 shows as part of a UK wide tour this September and alongside an instantly recognisable set list, Keith is always keen to discover new talent when they boys hit the road, he said: “If we’re going to a town and we’ve heard of an up and coming artist or we’ve seen them online, if they don’t reach out to us, we’ll certainly reach out to them.
“We’ll say look, we’re going on. You’re playing to a sold out crowd, it’s a great launchpad for you, why don’t you come down and sing a few songs. We don’t pre-empt it you know, we kind of wait to see what’s going on at the time.
“The music business is so difficult these days, it’s so hard to get a grasp on it, so it’s good to give a little bit back.”
Fully aware of what they’ve let themselves in for, we asked Keith which ultimate Bongo’s Bingo prize he’d want to take home after a mad night at Camp & Furnace, he said: “It’s got to be the ride on unicorn, hasn’t it?”
While the St Patrick’s Day Boyzlife specials are a complete sell out, there’s still time to get your hands on April tickets for Bongo’s Bingo at Camp & Furnace. Head to www.bongosbingo.co.uk and follow @BongosBingo on Twitter for updates.