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Mega stars to light up the scene in Colombo

Yes, it’s certainly going to be the Battle of the Stars, in Sri Lanka, and at two popular rugby venues, in Colombo – the CR & FC and Havelocks Sports Club Grounds.

The CR & FC will be the venue for a concert by Boyzone, on August 16th.

And the guys have confirmed that they will split for good after, what they say is their 25th anniversary tour.

Despite the fact they’ve all been pursuing solo projects – from car dealerships to soap roles to singing for many years – Boyzone have never permanently split up.

However, they have now confirmed that their next album, dedicated to the memory of former member Stephen Gately, will be their last, and their 25th anniversary tour will be their farewell tour.

I’m sure lots of Boyzone fans, in Sri Lanka, would love to see their idols in action, live, and this will most certainly be their last chance.

But…there is another mega scene happening, on August 18, at the Havelocks Sports Club Grounds – ‘Colombo Music Festival: Caribbean Nights.’

Described as Sri Lanka’s biggest reggae fusion and dancehall festival, this nine-hour concert will feature Shaggy, Maxi Priest, Diana King and Big Mountain! Wow, what a line-up!

Probably, local music lovers may find the going tough…to make a decision as to which concert they should check out! Unless, they want to experience both, and  are prepared to fork out a few big bucks!

Shaggy has performed, in Colombo, twice, in the past.

I was there for his first concert, at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, and his performance was dynamic, and awesome.

He had his own backing band and everyone present, for that particular concert, stood up throughout the entire show – dancing to his infectious music

Oh, by the way, Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham and Keith Duffy, of Boyzone, parted ways, back in 2000, after seven years together, but reunited in 2009 for the ‘Back Again… No Matter What’ tour, and again in 2013 to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a tour and new music.

According to Shane Lynch, the upcoming album, dedicated to Stephen, will be the “best album we’ve ever done,” while Mikey Graham tweeted, “See you on tour for one last blast.  All the hits for all our fans.”

By Maxi Priest