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Monday 22 July 2019

One Direction steal the show at Apple Music Festival

One Direction's new album is to be called Made In The A.M
One Direction's new album is to be called Made In The A.M

One Direction were given a rapturous welcome by fans as they headlined the fourth night of the Apple Music Festival in London.

The boy band opened their set with Steal My Girl in front of a packed audience at the Roundhouse in Camden.

Liam Payne said: "It's amazing to be here. Thank you so much for coming down here to see us. It's the first time we have played in London for ages."

The band, who are due to take a hiatus for at least a year from March, had earlier announced the title and release date of their new album in a video message.

Made In The A.M will be released on November 13.

It follows the massive success of Drag Me Down - the first single released from the album - which topped the UK Singles Chart, climbed to third spot in the Billboard Chart in the US and broke streaming records globally.

The band's set included songs from their four previous albums.

Fans who had camped outside for 24 hours to get their hands on unclaimed tickets were thanked by the band.

Payne said: "You guys really are the best fans in the world and those of you who aren't fans will be.

"It has been an amazing five years - thank you so much."

One audience member, named Chloe, had a birthday treat when Harry Styles spotted her banner.

He and his bandmates led the 2,000-strong crowd in singing Happy Birthday to her.

Styles added: "I apologise if I seem a little bit distracted. My sister is on a date - behave yourself - it's disgusting."

Payne added: "We are all watching you."

The band performed on a simple stage with a backing band and red lighting.

Fans joined in as they played some of their biggest hits including Story of My Life, What Makes You Beautiful and Drag Me Down.

Canadian Monica Sabourin and Scot Caitlin Cummings-Duffy, who both live in London, were carrying banners for Harry Styles.

Sabourin said: "I think tonight was Harry Styling."

"I think they are good as a foursome, they are better as a four - I saw them as five," she added, referring to the departure of Zayn Malik earlier this year.

As Styles blew the pair a kiss to fans on the balcony, Cummings-Duffy said: "I have a major crush on Niall but I am too old for him."

The band closed their hour-long set with Best Song Ever.

As they left the stage, Payne said: "Thank you so much for having us. We love you guys, thank you."

Fashion designer Stella McCartney and Jesy Nelson's fiance Jake Roche of boy band Rixton were among celebrities attending the gig.

Following their appearance at the Apple event - the rebranded iTunes Festival - One Direction will play six dates at the O2 arena in London as well as shows in Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, Dublin, Belfast and Sheffield.

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