As part of 2015's Apple Music Festival, One Direction played a uncommon, intimate gig at London's Roundhouse, which led to Harry Styles joking about the band's hipster credibility and approval from "men with beards" in the crowd.
Chart-toppers Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Styles launched their 15-song set with a gripping version of their 2014 smash hit "Steal My Girl" just ahead of a quick conversation with the audience and their second song of the night "Little Black Dress."
"Our job is to entertain you as much as possible," Styles said to the 1,700 fans in the audience with more watching the live stream from home. "Don't pretend you don't know the words," he said with a wink, NME reports. The quartet then jumped into a folky rendition of "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" and put a electrifying rock spin on "Midnight Memories."
Following the emotional "18," Horan left the stage momentarily lacking explanation as Tomlinson took the opportunity to joke, "We've lost another one!" referencing the departure of former member Zayn Malik. It was later explained that the venue's heat was affecting Horan and that he started to feel ill, but the Irish heartthrob returned to the stage to carry out the rest of the gig lending vocals and playing the guitar on most of the songs.
The 65-minute gig also featured performances of their latest hit "Drag Me Down," their debut track, "What Makes You Beautiful," the crowd-pleasing "Girl Almighty" and fan favorite "Story Of My Life" before ending the set with "Best Song Ever," The Telegraph reports. As the show came to an end, Styles noted that "men with beards" had been into the performance and cheered when asked if the crowd were enjoying themselves, taking that as a "sign of approval from the hipsters."
The boy band will embark of a 25-date string of gigs in the UK and Ireland, marking their last live shows before their hiatus goes into effect in March of next year.