Ronan Keating said he loves Vietnamese food and was looking forward to trying many local dishes during his recent trip to Vietnam.
Singer Ronan Keating. Photo from Keating’s Facebook
‘I’m a big fan of Vietnamese food,’ said Irish artist VnExpress. “I’m eager to [to trying Vietnamese food during my stay in Vietnam]”.
Ronan Keating came to Vietnam to perform at the HAY Glamping Music Festival in Hanoi from September 29 to 30. This was the artist’s third time performing in Vietnam, following his performance in Hanoi in 2009 and his 2010 performance in the coastal city of Nha Trang.
Having visited Vietnam several times, Keating always had a positive impression of not only the local cuisine but also the hospitality of the local people.
“They [Vietnamese fans] welcomed me with open arms,” he said. “They knew my music, they knew my songs, and I think that’s crazy. We live thousands of miles apart, and yet you know my music and my songs.”
It reminded Keating of how powerful and beautiful music is, in the sense that it can connect people around the world, he said.
As the former frontman of the Irish boy band Boyzone, Keating said one of his regrets was not being able to bring his bandmates to Vietnam to perform as a full group.
Therefore, he decided to perform some of the group’s songs alongside his solo songs – including “Life Is a Rollercoaster”, “Lovin’ Every Day”, and “When You Say Nothing At All” – at the festival in order to partially compensate for what his group couldn’t do, according to Keating.
He added that he knew the songs were in high demand on Vietnamese radio.
Debuting in 1993 in the group Boyzone, Keating debuted as a solo singer in 1999. He gained worldwide recognition when his single “When You Say Nothing At All” was featured in the hit film “Notting Hill”.