Niall Horan gets emotional at Electric Picnic as he plays to biggest audience of his solo career
"This is a country with less than five million people and the noise that we make worldwide is absolutely insane."
The headliner took to stage on Friday evening (1 September), overcoming technical difficulties at the start of his set to deliver a powerful show that saw him pay tribute to Sinéad O'Connor with a cover of 'Nothing Compares 2 U', as well as get emotional with the crowd about his own career.
Niall Horan at Electric Picnic
Before his final song of the night 'Slow Hands', the former One Direction bandmate and Westmeath man told his audience:
"I wish I could put into words how this felt, from Patrick Street, Mullingar to this.
"This is a country with less than five million people and the noise that we make worldwide is absolutely insane.
"And as long as you would like me to, I'm happy to fly the flag for our little country all over the planet.
"I love our little country. I love being here tonight. I love you all. Thank you so much for coming out to see me. This has been an absolute dream come true."
Horan also told the crowd how the show was "by far the biggest audience" he has played to as a solo act and that he really appreciates the support from his home nation.
"It's great to be back in the Midlands only an hour away from home and have this," he added.
"I love you all and I'll see you next year in Dublin".
You can watch Horan make the comments from the Electric Picnic stage right here:
Niall Horan gets emotional at #ElectricPicnic as he plays to “by far the biggest audience” of his solo career!
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