One Direction's Niall Horan will do 2018 tour and release solo album

There is apparently only one direction for Niall Horan, and that's to head due west from Europe.

The Irish-born teen-pop star and former One Direction member on Friday announced he will embark on an extensive 2018 U.S. summer tour as part of his "Flicker World Tour 2018."

The tour is set to begin next July in Texas and conclude next September in Florida. Horan will play at least four shows in California, including one next August 17th at Chula Vista's Mattress Firm Amphitheatre.

Rising young American country star Maren Morris, who performed at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre Aug. 10 as the opening act for Sam Hunt, will be the opening act for Horan's U.S. and Canadian tour.

Mattress Firm Amphitheatre has a capacity of nearly 20,000, but it won't be the largest venue Horan has appeared at in San Diego.

He performed in 2015 at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. It was the opening date of One Direction's "On The Road Again Tour," which also turned out to be the teen-pop group's farewell trek before going on an indefinite hiatus, which probably won't end until 1D's former members are all destitute).

Horan's 2018 solo tour was announced Friday morning, along with the Oct. 20 release date for his debut solo album, "Flicker." On Tuesday, he kicks off his "Flicker Sessions 2017 Tour" at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

Tickets for Horan's 2018 U.S. and Canadian dates go on-sale to the general public at 10 a.m. next Friday, Sept. 22, through livenation.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Tickets for his San Diego concert are priced from $29.50 to $79.50, plus service charges.

A number of pre-sales will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, including for VIP package ticket purchasers, Ticketmaster's Verified Fan program members and Citi Private Pass program members.

These will be followed Thursday by Facebook, Live Nation and Live Nation Mobile App pre-sales. The absence of a pre-sale for people named Zayn or Liam is probably just an oversight.

Niall Horan "Flicker World Tour 2018" dates

7/18/2018 Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

7/20/2018 Dallas, TX* Starplex Pavilion

7/21/2018 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP

7/23/2018 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater

7/25/2018 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

7/26/2018 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

7/28/2018 Tulsa, OK BOK Center

7/30/2018 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre

7/31/2018 Nampa, ID Ford Idaho Center Arena

8/2/2018 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre

8/4/2018 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

8/5/2018 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre

8/7/2018 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre

8/17/2018 Chula Vista, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

8/20/2018 Morrison, CO** Red Rocks Amphitheatre

8/22/2018 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre

8/23/2018 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair

8/25/2018 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (St. Louis)

8/26/2018 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center

8/28/2018 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre

8/29/2018 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center

8/31/2018 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live

9/2/2018 Allentown, PA The Great Allentown Fair

9/5/2018 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage

9/7/2018 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater

9/8/2018 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center

9/11/2018 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion

9/12/2018 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

9/14/2018 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre

9/15/2018 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center

9/17/2018 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

9/19/2018 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion

9/20/2018 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Amphitheatre

9/22/2018 Tampa, FL* MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the

FL State Fairgrounds

9/23/2018 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds

*Maren Morris not supporting

**On Sale TBA
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