Niall Horan seeks out Irish stars for new tour

Niall Horan is on a mission to recruit Irish bands and artists for his upcoming tour.

The One Direction star has branched out on his own since the boyband went on hiatus in 2015, and has so far released singles This Town and Slow Hands.

He’ll embark on his Flicker Sessions tour, which kicks off in Dublin, the capital of his home country, on 29 August (17) before taking in dates across the world, ending in San Francisco, California in November.

Niall will be joined on the road by a host of up-and-coming music stars, with many hailing from his native Ireland.

“So for my shows I wanted to make it as Irish as possible and show off the incredible music coming out of our lovely little country,” he tweeted to his 32.3 million followers on Tuesday (15Aug17), followed by an Irish flag emoji.

“So I asked around to see who was available and we got some great replies, so happy with this.”

The bands that have so far been announced include Wild Youth, who’ll play at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Picture This, who’ll be at the London and Stockholm shows, and singer Gavin James, who’s heading to America and Canada with Niall. +

American musican Corey Harper will also play some dates, and Niall added, “@coreyharp is obviously American but I wanted to share how great this guy is.”

Fans were delighted with the news that the 23-year-old star is keen to support Irish talent, with many exclaiming they were proud of him and calling the move “cute”.

As well as Europe and the U.S., Niall will stop off in South America, Australia and Japan.

Harry Styles is no longer the most popular member of One Direction

 

Harry Styles may have released his debut solo album ‘Harry Styles’ earlier this year and about to star in his first ever movie Dunkirk, but if you go by Twitter followers, he has been taken over as the most popular member by Niall Horan!

It seems Niall has the Irish charm as he’s now the most loved on Twitter.

After releasing his solo track ‘This Town’ and ‘Slow Hands’, Niall’s followers have shot up to a massive 30.9 million, with Harry’s followers currently sitting at 30.8 million.

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See the One Direction boys’ Twitter followers below:

1) Niall Horan: 30.9 million

2) Harry Styles: 30.8 million

3) Louis Tomlinson: 25.2 million

4) Liam Payne: 25.1 million

Just last week Niall delighted fans on Twitter when he revealed he will be going on tour later in the year.

Announcing ‘Flicker Sessions 2017’, Niall will be playing a date in Dublin and London before moving on to Sweden, Australia, Japan, America and Mexico.

The ‘Slow Hands’ singer was forced to explain to fans why he isn’t playing more dates across the UK and his home country Ireland.

Sharing a handwritten note, Niall wrote, ‘Hi guys. It’s been incredible to see such an amazing reaction to the ‘Flicker Session’. Thank you so much as per usual for your love and support. For those of you wondering why I’m not stopping nearer you this time please bear with me a little longer while I plan 2018. [sic].

He continued, ‘This is just the beginning and an opportunity for me to re-learn the craft of doing shows and touring in general. Please stay patient and there will be more exiting news soon. Love you all, Nialler xx’ [sic].

 

Meanwhile the rest of the One Direction boys are super busy working on their solo projects. Harry Styles is set to attend the UK premiere of Christopher Nolan’s movie Dunkirk this evening (Thursday 13th July).

Staring alongside the likes of Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance, Harry portrays the role of a World War II soldier living life throughout the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940.

The 23-year-old also dropped his debut solo single ‘Sign Of The Times’ back in April and released his self titled solo album in May.

 

Sweet Creature is available now. Album is available in ten days. I am available always.

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As well as looking after his new son Bear, Liam Payne has also been a busy boy promoting his new music.

Liam scored a number 3 hit with his song ‘Strip That Down’ and just last week released his new single ‘Get Low’ with German producer Zedd.

After the success of his track ‘Just Hold On’ featuring Steve Aoki, Louis Tomlinson has teamed up with American singer Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals for his new single ‘Back To You’.

Louis teased the track to his socials over the weekend and confirmed the new single will drop on July 21st.

 

#Backtoyou 😎

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We can’t wait to hear the full thing!

The 1D boys have come a long way in their solo careers since the band started their hiatus in January 2016.

Watch the video below to see the boys’ journey to solo stardom: