Ronan Keating's new album has an ''anthemic pop feel''.

The Boyzone singer is excited about the release of his next solo project and says the material is a radical departure from anything he has done before.

He said: ''I'm finishing the album this week, I've been in London mixing, and it will be out in August.

''It's called 'Fires' - my first studio album in six years. Quite exciting for me, Brand New material. It's got that anthemic pop feel to it. There's not a lot of ballads on there, just one or two so very different from what I've done before.''

Despite working hard on his album, Ronan - who recently split with wife Yvonne after 14 years of marriage - has found the time to take a little break and have some fun with friends.

Speaking at the Isle of Wight Festival last weekend he told Absolute Radio: ''I'm here, there's a gang of us just hanging out, it's nice. Friends getting together and enjoying the music they love.

''I haven't been to a lot of festivals but a friend of mine was playing in his reformed band, Little Angels. I've never seen Bruce Springsteen before but I'm really looking forward to his set, he's amazing.''