Horan to play online gig in aid of crew

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Pop star Niall Horan will hold a live show online with proceeds from ticket sales to be donated to his road crew, who have been “left behind” since the beginning of the pandemic.

The one-off show will take place in London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 7, with tickets on sale tomorrow.

It will not be available to watch back after it has been streamed online.

All profits will go to the singer’s staff who have accompanied him on tour but are now out of work.

The Mullingar native told the BBC that he was supposed to be on tour with his crew for six months this year, visiting Australia, Asia, Europe and America.

“My stage manager is working on a building site currently,” he said.

“A couple of lads are working in Tesco and Sainsbury’s. If there’s no touring, they don’t have a job. They’ve been left behind.”

Unfortunately for the crew, it was unlikely they would find work again soon, he added.

“If you can’t get six people around a table in a pub, how are you going to get 20,000 people into the O2 Arena?,” Horan said. “That’s the way I’ve been thinking about it. And that’s why I wanted to do this [fundraiser] now and not leave it any longer.

“I’m obviously one of the lucky ones, but not everyone is as lucky as me.”

He hopes to sell between 60,000 and 70,000 tickets.

Irish Independent

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