Irish pop stars Westlife were left dangling in mid-air during their show in Liverpool on Friday night after a suspension stunt went wrong.

The Flying Without Wings hitmakers were midway through their performance at the city’s Echo Arena when a technical fault with their stage set left them suspended above the crowd and they had to wait for security guards to step in and work out the problem.

A source tells the Daily Mirror newspaper, “At one point, the boys sit down and start singing from a big swinging bar which transports them around the arena. Embarrassingly, it broke down and got stuck.

“A load of security guys had to manually lower the bar and help the lads to the stage. They were mortified.”