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Niall Horan brands One Direction's debut concert 'worst night of my life'

Irish singer Niall Horan has said One Direction's first ever concert was "a disaster" branding the experience the "'worst night of my life".

The Mullingar star performed with Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik after they were formed on The X Factor in 2010.

They released their first single What Makes You Beautiful in September 2011 after placing third in the ITV talent competititon.

The band played their first full-length show at the Watford Colosseum in London a few months later.

"I never want to talk about that gig again. Worst night of my life. The worst One Direction show ever," Niall told the BBC. "We've refused to talk about it ever since... It was a disaster. We were just a joke.

"Anything we rehearsed just went out the window. It was our first ever gig and we just didn't know what was going on."

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One Direction in 2015 (PA)

The 24-year-old admitted the second gig was much better, and they got plenty of opportunity to improve as the band went on to sell out stadiums worldwide before they went on hiatus in 2016.

Niall is currently on his own solo tour and he deliberately picked smaller venues to give his shows a more intimate feel.

"It's brilliant, especially with the type of music I'm doing," he said.

"You feel like you're in someone's living room.

"With One Direction, we were doing five or six kilometres a night, running around the stage like lunatics. There's none of that now. I'll probably put on a bit of weight, standing still and playing guitar all the time!"

The singer's third solo single Too Much To Ask is released this week.

Niall announced on Thursday his debut album Flicker would be released on October 20.

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