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One Direction star Niall Horan can’t see large gigs returning ‘for a very long time’

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Niall Horan doesn’t think large scale gig will return ‘for a very long time’.

The former One Direction star will perform a live streamed gig from London’s Royal Albert Hall next month to raise money for his touring crew.

The Slow Hands singer is also backing the #WeNeedCrew relief fund to give support to workers during the coronavirus pandemic as artists are forced to stop going on the road.

In an interview on BBC Breakfast on Friday, presenter Charlie Stayt asked where Niall sees the future of live music heading.

Charlie said: ‘When you think about, I guess what took to you to it in the first place, performing in front of people, when you look ahead what do you see?’

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The Irsh singer replied: ‘Based on the restrictions that have just been set here in London yesterday, you can’t get that amount of people into a house or into a restaurant or a bar or whatever.

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The singer will play a livestreamed show next month to raise money for his tour crew (Picture: Getty)

‘I can’t see them allowing people into large indoor venues for a very long time. I assume that on a smaller scale, say a Hammersmith Apollo or a Shepherd’s Bush Empire or something like that, you could maybe split people off into groups.

‘Live music seems to be one of those things that can’t really function on, and isn’t viable for everyone unless it’s at 100% or 80%.’

The 27-year-old continued: ‘In the long run it’s hard to tell because restrictions change all the time. And even when I was putting this gig together, even though we’ve got no audience, will we be allowed to bring the crew members who want to, will we have enough room on the stage for the band without being too socially distanced? They’re the curveballs that we’ve even had to put in place for now.

‘So in terms of full venues, I can’t see it happening for a while.’

Niall Horan
Niall hopes smaller venues can start hosting gigs again soon (Picture: BBC)

Speaking about the performance, the X Factor star said: ‘I know that live events are something we all miss, and until we are able to return I want to highlight the incredible people who work in touring that make those events possible and whose livelihoods have been severely affected.

‘I’m putting on this gig to try and raise awareness of the immense value they bring to an industry enjoyed by so many, and do something to help them and their families.

‘I ask all my fans to support them with me and buy a ticket if you can, and I encourage all artists to do the same.’

Tickets for Niall’s gig go on sale today with the show taking place on November 7.

BBC Breakfast airs daily from 6am on BBC One.

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