Friday 20 July 2018

'Nervous' Niall Horan feels at home as he kicks off sell-out solo tour in Dublin

Niall Horan at the Niall Horan Flicker Sessions 2017 world tour concert at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Niall Horan at the Niall Horan Flicker Sessions 2017 world tour concert at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Sandra Gaffney and Sarah Egan, Kerry, at the Niall Horan concert at the Olympia theatre in Dublin
Vanessa O'Connell, Baggots street and Sarah Navan, Enfield at the Niall Horan concert at the Olympia theatre in Dublin
Caoimhe Keoghan, 14 and Cara McLaughlin, 14, Leixlip at the Niall Horan concert at the Olympia theatre in Dublin
Hannah and Jeanette Johnston, Firhouse at the Niall Horan concert at the Olympia theatre in Dublin.
Aislinn and Sinead Flynn, Donabate at the Niall Horan concert at the Olympia theatre in Dublin
Amy Nolan, age 8, Longford at the Niall Horan concert at the Olympia theatre in Dublin
Niall with his mate and support act Conor O'Donohue from Wild Youth
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Niall Horan kicked off his world tour in Dublin's Olympia Theatre last night with a blistering sell-out show that proved he's a star in his own right.

Fans of the Mullingar star started queuing outside the Dame Street venue from early on as they eagerly awaited the first night of his Flicker Sessions tour.

The Slow Hands singer (23) made headlines after announcing his first solo tour without his One Direction bandmates, with tickets selling out within hours of going on sale last month.

Horan sent fans into overdrive on social media ahead of his gig, when he posted "Ireland, I'm home" and added that he was "really excited and nervous" before taking to the stage last night.

Sandra Gaffney and Sarah Egan, Kerry, at the Niall Horan concert at the Olympia theatre in Dublin
Sandra Gaffney and Sarah Egan, Kerry, at the Niall Horan concert at the Olympia theatre in Dublin

The 1D sensation came out to deafening cheers shortly after 9pm, with Dublin four-piece band Wild Youth getting the crowd warmed up beforehand.

Earlier in the day, Niall posted a picture on Instagram of him with his good pal and Wild Youth member Conor O'Donohoe outside the Olympia. "Pretty cool that one of my best mates and his band will be playing this place tonight with me. Went to so many gigs here over the years and can't believe I'm playing it tonight," he said.

Last night was the first leg of his forthcoming world tour, as he performs in a string of intimate venues.

Niall will perform at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire tomorrow night, followed by Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo and Mexico.

Aislinn and Sinead Flynn, Donabate at the Niall Horan concert at the Olympia theatre in Dublin
Aislinn and Sinead Flynn, Donabate at the Niall Horan concert at the Olympia theatre in Dublin

His first tour without his chart-topping bandmates will come ahead of his new album release, which is expected this winter.

Such was the demand for tickets that Ticketmaster had to issue another warning on Monday night, reminding fans to bring the credit card they used to buy the passes with them in a bid to crack down on ticket touting.

"To help ensure genuine fans have access to genuine tickets at the intended price, Niall Horan and MCD are implementing the following measures to further deter scalping/secondary tickets," they said.

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