Niall Horan’s abrupt stop in ‘This Town’ last week for a highly exclusive, invite-only showcase definitely made the rounds on social media. After all, he’s the first member to stage a solo performance, even ahead of former band member Harry Styles’ concert later this year. Understandably, some Directioners were disappointed at not being able to catch him in action but fret not! We’re sure he’ll be back before long. Ahead, we take you behind the curtain and reveal the highlights of Niall’s super secret mini-gig!
There’s A New Song Titled ‘On The Loose’
Ushered into the Esplanade Annexe Studio, where the super secret showcase was held, we could already hear the excited titter from fans in the first 2 rows, while the dimmed down lights drew focus to the stage where the Irish singer-songwriter would soon take his place. And the chatter soon turned to barely contained squeals and whoops as Niall Horan strode easily onstage, showing off his easy Irish charm before launching into his 4-song set which included singles ‘This Town’, ‘Slow Hands’ and a cover of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’. Niall’s performance was impeccable, but it was a new track premiered, titled ‘On The Loose’ that received the most hype. Sounding like an early Bryan Adams with a country and blues influence, it was an effortlessly catchy tune to tease us further on his upcoming debut album. Check out a snippet below:
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He Made A Room Full Of Grown Men Cry
Although 4 songs are hardly enough for his fans (and us), Niall made up for it by allowing everyone present to ask him questions via a short Q&A session. Of course, this delighted the fans who were lucky enough to win passes to see him up close and personal, as he shared surprising anecdotes and even greeted fans who couldn’t be there, on FaceTime. And the audience had the privilege of learning one fact about his yet to be titled album: that he made a room full of adult men choke up after listening to a song he recorded. And what was that song, you ask? We have no clue. Niall wouldn’t divulge any more info on the track even after Rozz, the emcee for the night, prodded him about it, leaving us with a gigantic cliff hanger. He did however, share that we’ll hear more about this tearjerking song upon the album’s release (duh).
He Doesn’t Get Girls As Often As You Think
You’d think that being a member of the biggest boy band in the world would draw the ladies left and right, but apparently not in Niall’s case. When quizzed if he has to try hard for female attention (or if it comes naturally to him), the star bashfully refuted the latter. “I think the Irish charm doesn’t get you as far as people think!” Niall quipped, much to the fans’ disagreement and delight.
His Upcoming Album Might Have Asian Influences
There still isn’t much concrete information about Niall’s much-anticipated solo album, but he did whet the audience’s appetite by revealing that his backpacking trip across Southeast Asia in early 2016 did help give him inspiration and time to come up with concept and songwriting ideas. Only time will tell what those might be!
There Might Be A Collab With The Lumineers Coming Up
Niall might be buddies with everyone, from Katy Perry to Ariana Grande, but when asked who he’d love to collaborate with on his music, he chose his longtime buds from folk-rock band The Lumineers. In fact, Niall even met the lads right after his whirlwind trip in Singapore, so who knows if a new hit is being whipped up in their studio as we speak…
You Might Find Him At The Golf Course
If you’ve noticed Niall increasing penchant of sporting a beret, there’s a good reason for it. He cited the golf course, in addition to his home, as one of the go-to places he would be to unwind and “chill out” to detract him away from stress. So now you know just where to be if you’d want a glimpse of the charming crooner!
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