As the World Cup quarter finals are set to kick-off on Friday, there will be some unexpected Irish involvement, as Boyzlife will perform at the FIFA Fan Festival this Sunday.
The duo of Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden, who joined forces to create Boyzlife six years ago, perform songs from their respective bands Westlife and Boyzone.
They will bring their show to Qatar this weekend, ahead of the World Cup Final on December 18th.
FIFA had wrongly named them as a British band, claiming “Three UK sensations come together on one stage – that only happens at the FIFA Fan Festival.”
Boyzlife will perform alongside UK singer Chesney Hawkes and rock band Toploader, as fans will be able to experience a change up from the football and enjoy some classics from the duo.
While it is a huge achievement for the Irish duo Boyzlife to play at the biggest sporting event of the year, they will likely face some backlash for their decision to perform at Qatar.
For the fans in attendance, they will have to experience the performance without alcohol, one of the many controversial decisions that dominated the headlines leading into the World Cup.
While there has been no announcement or plans shared regarding a planned protest or solidarity sign with the LGBTQ+ community, previous gestures have been shown in the tournament in a show of support against Qatar's strict LGBTQ+ laws.
Players at the tournament, including Harry Kane and Gareth Bale, were set to wear rainbow armbands as a show of support. But the move was pulled just before they kickstarted their tournament.
FIFA have made the decision to allow fans to show their support through rainbow clothing. While it may be a performance full of controversy, Boyzlife will gain a new fanbase in Qatar.