Niall Horan review – Hearts flicker and lips quiver to sweet acoustic ballads

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Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
The former One Direction member plays the music he loves to a more intimate, but no less delirious crowd, as boyband pop gives way to guitar-led Americana

For people who have spent two nights camping on the pavement outside the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 18-year-old India Rain Harrison and her mother, Christine, are less shattered than they should be. They arrived from Harrogate at 6pm on Tuesday with the aim of being at the front of the queue for Niall Horan’s first British headline show on Thursday, and apart from toilet breaks at a nearby hotel, they have been here ever since. Behind them is an overwhelmingly female army that stretches down the side of the building, many with faces or arms coloured in the green, white and orange of the Irish flag. “It hasn’t been too bad,” says Christine. “But it was really scary when someone jumped on our tent in the night, so I had to stay awake to protect her.” “It was worth it. I’m going to marry him,” says India, who has festival-style glitter on her cheeks and Irish-flag eyelids.

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