Niall Horan made a surprise appearance at the Country To Country festival at London’s O2 last night (March 10) – check out footage below.
It was the first time he performed live in front of a crowd since 2021.
Country To Country festival is Europe’s largest country music festival and is taking place at London’s O2 this weekend with similar events at Dublin’s 3 Arena and The OVO Hydro in Glasgow. Yesterday saw performances from the likes of Thomas Rhett, Jordan Davis and Lainey Wilson.
However during the night, Niall Horan made a surprise appearance with Rhett to perform his 2017 single ‘Slow Hands’. Check out fan shot footage below.
a nice surprise at @C2Cfestival in London this evening! Thomas Rhett (@ThomasRhett) brought out Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) for a performance of ‘Slow Hands’ ❤️✨ pic.twitter.com/tmdUhvyCZh
— Eve Crosbie (@eve_crosbie) March 10, 2023
Niall Horan is BACK !!
Niall’s first time performing on stage in front of a crowd in over 3 years! pic.twitter.com/GFOrD7e3VL
— Niall Tour Updates (@niallontours) March 10, 2023
No way this just happened??? NIALL HORAN? pic.twitter.com/Ji1VNBXPk8
— mace (@keepdrivingtv) March 10, 2023
Niall Horan singing ‘Slow Hands’ tonight!
via @C2Cfestival ! pic.twitter.com/CyphT0itIO
— OT5 Daily (@OT5Dailys) March 10, 2023
Tonight at @C2Cfestival at The O2 @ThomasRhett headlines with a special appearance from @NiallOfficial 🤩 pic.twitter.com/PDjU7MyoSD
— DawBell (@DawBell) March 10, 2023
Horan’s last headline show was at London’s Royal Albert Hall in November 2020.
Since then, he’s appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden and performed two private acoustic gigs for a documentary alongside Lewis Capaldi. Horan also joined Ashe onstage at Lafayette to perform their collaborative single ‘Moral Of The Story’ in September 2021.
Horan is currently gearing up to release his third solo album ‘The Show’ which is out June 9.
“This album is a piece of work I’m so proud of and now it’s time to pass it over to you to go and make it your own. Thank you so much for being there for me all this time and I can’t wait to share the next couple of years of this new era with you.
“I’ve missed you all so much. It’s good to be back. Welcome to ‘The Show’.”
In a new TikTok, the singer also said that the new record is “by far and away my favourite stuff I’ve ever worked on”.
However, the record won’t feature any songs co-written with Capaldi after Horan revealed they weren’t “ good enough” and neither artist “adored” them.
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