Hello Ireland! Emotional night for our Niall
IT didn't take long for young Niall Horan to get emotional as he and his bandmates set up home at a filled to capacity O2 last night.
"I have been waiting for this moment my whole life," said the 18-year-old Mullingar native, a large tricolour proudly wrapped around his shoulders: "Hello Ireland!" As expected, the response was nothing short of deafening as the boys launched into a rollicking, 80-minute set. And what a turnout for the British and Irish boyband, barely two years into their career but already riding high on a wave of hormone-fuelled madness.
It seems the boyishly handsome five-piece have officially turned pro, presenting to their hysterical fan base a nicely balanced collection of original material and covers.
The 14,000-strong crowd carried hand-made banners, bright red roses, and cute, cuddly toys. And it wasn't long before various objects made their way on to the stage, with one over-excited female flinging her underwear at the boys.
Quite often, the crowd's frightening cries were for 17-year-old Harry Styles and the equally wide-eyed Liam Payne, but nothing could beat the sight of Niall Horan performing a spot of Irish dancing, as requested by one lucky tweeter. A big-budget production featuring a live band, a fake VW van and some very well-received videos of the boys running through fields and riding bikes, the show was about two things: the guys themselves, and their infectious pop soundtrack.