Niall Horan is headed Down Under.
Niall Horan is headed Down Under. Chris Pizzello

One Direction star Niall Horan locks down three arena concerts in Australia

THAT loveable larrikin Niall Horan has booked three arena concerts in Australia next June.

Horan arrived in Sydney on Tuesday ahead of his one-off sold out Flicker Sessions concert on Sunday.

The Irish singer has announced he will perform at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on June 3, Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney on June 5 and Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne on June 7.

Like his fellow One Direction members, Horan's solo career has proven to be a chart-topping success, first with the acoustic ballad This Town and more recently with the smash hit Slow Hands.

It has now reached triple platinum sales here and achieved more than 820 million streams worldwide.

Horan is the first 1D star to perform solo here, with his mate Harry Styles heading to Australia for two theatre concerts and possibly another walk down the ARIA Awards red carpet in November.

Styles has also announced four arena concerts here next April. As well as his two hits, Horan is giving fans - and the interwebs courtesy of all those videos - a full preview of his debut solo record Flicker which is due out before the end of the year.

The setlist includes the album title track, Seeing Blind, Paper House, Fire Away, Mirrors and one 1D song, Fool's Gold.

Niall Horan performs.
Niall Horan performs. Tony Felgueiras

The singer said his new sound had been heavily influenced by his love of Americana and west coast rock music from the 70s and 80s.

But he insists his solo approach isn't that far from some of the songs he recorded with 1D.

"I've noticed the fanbase has opened up to older people. People passing me in the street, in the pub, people my age and 20s and 30s who wouldn't necessarily like me, have come around to realising maybe it's all about the tunes,” he said.

"I listen to the One Direction stuff and I think we got done in a bit in a way where people thought it's all up-tempo bubble stuff.

"But if you listen to some of the songs we wrote on the last couple of albums, there's all different stuff in there.

"What A Feeling had a Fleetwood Mac vibe, there's Little Black Dress which is pretty much a Doors inspired song.

"I would recommend people have another listen to those albums because there's some great stuff they never got the first time around.”

Horan recently confirmed any reunion of the world's biggest boy band isn't likely for a few more years as they continue their solo endeavours.

Tickets for the Flicker tour concerts in June go on sale at noon on Thursday. There will be a Telstra Thanks pre-sale on Monday and Velocity Frequent Flyer pre-sale on Wednesday.


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