After announcing their once-off 20th anniversary reunion tour, popular 2000s boyband Busted has received widespread criticism from fans in Ireland for not including Dublin or Belfast in their list of tour dates. The band had previously announced tour dates in England, Scotland, and Wales, all of which sold out instantly. Due to popular demand, they added six more dates, none of which were in Ireland or Northern Ireland, further fuelling the backlash from Irish fans.
However, the Year 3000 and Crashed the Wedding singers have now reassured their Irish fans that they are working on adding dates in Ireland. In a statement, the band said, “You guys are incredible. Six new dates added, all on sale now. Ireland we’re working on getting to you too, so watch this space. This is going to be the most epic tour EVER.”
The trio, consisting of James Bourne, Matt Willis, and Charlie Simpson, are from Essex and have sold over 5 million records. Despite their previous jokes with Irish fans following the snub, the band has acknowledged the heartbreak felt by fans and is committed to adding Ireland to their tour. Charlie recently stated on an Instagram live with the band that “I know a lot of the Irish fans have been upset with us.. We are working to do something, that is in hand. Do not fear, we are not going to leave you out”.
Fans have been particularly vocal about their disappointment as this reunion tour could potentially be Busted’s one and only reunion. As one of the most popular boybands to come out of the UK in the early 2000s, fans are eager to see the trio perform in person, and many are hoping that they will add Belfast to their list of tour dates.
It remains to be seen when Busted will announce their Ireland tour dates, but fans are keeping a close eye on their social media channels for updates. As the excitement builds for the most epic tour ever, Irish fans are eagerly waiting for their chance to sing along to classic Busted hits like “What I Go to School For” and “Air Hostess.”
The tour to commemorate the bands first album begins in September and will coincide with the re recording of their greatest hits that will contain features from artists who are fans of the band and vice versa. The first being ‘Loser Kid 2.0’ to be released on April 14th featuring Simple Plan.