Words by Eloise Sims

Former One Direction star Niall Horan has announced he’ll be bringing his Flicker World Tour stadium show to New Zealand’s shores in June 2018, following the success of his sold-out Flicker Sessions World Tour.

The singer behind chart-topping hits such as This Town and Slow Hands will perform tracks off his debut solo album in Auckland’s Spark Arena on June 1st.

On Twitter, Horan said he was “delighted” to return to New Zealand and Australia for his 2018 shows – the first time he’s appeared as a solo artist, after leaving boy band One Direction in 2016.

The June 1 show in Auckland will be the first of the Australasian leg of Horan’s tour, before he performs at three Australian dates in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne.

Horan’s much-anticipated new album, which will be released prior to Christmas, is believed to take inspiration from classic artists such as Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles – as well as more contemporary indie performers such as James Bay and The Lumineers.

“I’ve been listening to a lot of early 80’s stuff lately and been inspired by that heavy bass and the funky guitar sound.” Horan said, in discussing his hit single, Slow Hands – which recently went platinum in New Zealand.

“It’s another flavor to my album that I’m excited to share.”

Opening for Horan is US singer-songwriter Maren Morris, who may be most familiar to Kiwi listeners for her country-esque single, My Church.

While general tickets to Horan’s show go on sale from 12 noon on Thursday September 14th, Ticketmaster is offering an exclusive pre-sale window to its members from 12 noon Wednesday September 13th – 10am, Thursday September 14th.

Given all of Horan’s Flicker Sessions dates this year have sold out instantaneously so far, punters will have to be quick to grab a ticket to see the Irish singer in action – at www.ticketmaster.co.nz.

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