Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry

The former One Direction member returned to Singapore after two years to stage an intimate showcase

Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry
Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry
08 Jul 2017

Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry

Photos: Universal Music Singapore

The last time Niall Horan was in Singapore, he was performing for a crowd of about 30,000 with his former One Direction bandmates at the National Stadium.

Last night, the Irish singer-songwriter returned to our sunny shores after over two years for a cosy, by-invite-only showcase at the Esplanade Annexe Studio. “I’m going to sing and probably meet some people, I don’t know, I just show up!” quipped the 23-year-old, drawing chuckles from the small crowd.

With his debut solo album only set to drop later this year, Niall’s short and sweet set list consisted of just four songs: hit singles ‘This Town’ and ‘Slow Hands’, unreleased new track ‘On The Loose’, and a cover of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’.

“I wish we could play the whole album,” he sighed. “Hopefully one day we can do this again with 200 songs, something like that.”

While Niall has remained tight-lipped about the details of his upcoming record, he was willing to talk about a memorable incident that happened while he was making it during a Q&A session after the gig.

“We were recording my favourite song in the album, which is quite an emotional one, when the producer suddenly came into the booth and said we needed to take a break because everyone was getting a bit emotional,” he recalled. “When I went outside, everyone was just silent for 20 minutes and we were all so taken aback by what happened, and I think that was a very poignant moment in the making of the album.”

Basically, Niall had pretty much made a room full of 30- to 40-year-old men cry. However, he refused to divulge the lyrics that hit them so hard, saying he will share more after the new album comes out.

Another titbit that unfolded was that he came up with some of the album’s concepts and stories while backpacking across Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines last year. “It opened my mind to different things, and I had time to think and write stuff down,” he said. But don’t expect any Asian flourishes on the tracks – we think Niall is still very much a classic rock kind of guy.

Click through for more photos from Niall's showcase in Singapore! You can also watch snippets of his performances here and here.

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Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry
Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry
08 Jul 2017

Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry

Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry
Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry
08 Jul 2017

Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry

Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry
Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry
08 Jul 2017

Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry

Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry
Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry
08 Jul 2017

Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry

Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry
Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry
08 Jul 2017

Niall Horan once made a group of grown men cry


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