Louis Tomlinson – Faith In The Future Tour at The O2 Arena

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“Never in a million fucking years did I think I would play here,” an overwhelmed Louis Tomlinson told a sold-out crowd at London’s legendary O2 Arena last night (November 17) during his “Faith In The Future World Tour.”

A lot of people probably felt the same some years ago. If you had asked your average music fan around the time of One Direction’s hiatus if Tomlinson would be able to fill all 20,000 seats at the famous arena, they’d have probably placed a bet on other members. Tomlinson? Not a chance.

Well, this is where the Doncaster-born star has proven critics and music snobs wrong and shown that he is the underdog, once again. Following the release of his No. 1 sophomore album, Faith In The Future, released last November, the 31-year-old has spent a good portion of 2023 on a world tour, performing in venues where nosebleed seats exist.

Tomlinson’s ongoing success cannot simply be credited to the fact that he was one-fifth one of the biggest boy bands of all time. While, yes, those fans he first gained over 10 years ago still remain in support of him, it’s clear that his following have a personal connection to his own music outside of One Direction. This is particularly evident when he’s performing on stage. Throughout his 21-song set, screams and tears filled the venue as if each song was a monster hit. His fans knew the words to every song and you could see how much his music meant to them.

Opening with the loud drums of “The Greatest,” Tomlinson’s show was one ball of energy from start to finish. Personal highlights: “Kill My Mind,” “Drag Me Down,” his cover of the Arctic Monkeys song “505,” “Written All Over Your Face,” (HOW WAS THIS NOT A SINGLE?!), and his rocky rendition of the 2017 single “Back To You.” My only critique: “That’s The Way Love Goes” was nowhere to be heard 🙁

Giving full credit to his fans for making everything in his career possible, Tomlinson’s sincere and humble demeanor shined every time he spoke to the audience. It’s evident that his humanity plays a big part in his fans coming back for more. Their mutual respect for one another is transparent, and that was wholesome to see.

Wrapping up the European leg tonight at Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena, Tomlinson will kick off 2024 with more shows in Indonesia, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico, to name a few.

Full setlist:

“The Greatest”
“Kill My Mind”
“Bigger Than Me”
“Holding on to Heartache”
“Face the Music”
“We Made It”
“Drag Me Down”
“Chicago”
“High in California”
“All This Time”
“She Is Beauty We Are World Class”
“Copy of a Copy of a Copy”
“Walls”
“Written All Over Your Face”
“505” (Arctic Monkeys cover)
“Back to You”
“Angels Fly”
“Out of My System”
Encore:
“Saturdays”
“Where Do Broken Hearts Go”
“Silver Tongues”