Louis Tomlinson @ Forest Hills Stadium

“Please walk do not run!” A security guard chanted as a couple thousand people eagerly entered Forest Hills Stadium in New York to secure their spot in the pit for Louis Tomlinson’s last night of the Faith in the Future Tour North American run. Growing up listening to One Direction, I never imagined that my admiration for the group would lead me to photograph Louis Tomlinson. As I stood in the photo pit, ready to capture the evening, I couldn’t help but reflect on the journey that brought me here. It was a full circle moment, & little did I know that the concert would be as eye-opening as it was unforgettable.

Andrew Cushin

The show came alive as Andrew Cushin, an emerging talent, embraced the stage amid the blazing sun. His mesmerizing guitar skills and intimate energy captivated the crowd. With heartfelt performances of “You’ll Be Free” and “Dream For a Moment,” he invoked cheers and raised Pride flags, fostering an inclusive atmosphere. The infectious spirit transcended boundaries, moving even the stoic security personnel to join the revelry, creating an unforgettable dance-filled celebration for everyone present.

Photos by Liam Gillin. All images © 2023 Copyright Liam Gillin ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Giant Rooks

Giant Rooks, the German sensation, took the stage with infectious smiles, leaving no soul unaffected. Their remarkable chemistry was undeniable, each band member perfectly attuned to the other. Enchanting the New York crowd with “Tom’s Diner” and “Morning Blue,” their fast-paced music fueled an electric atmosphere. The genuine passion they exuded for their craft was palpable, enrapturing the audience with vibrant melodies and enthralling performances. Giant Rooks’ genuine joy and camaraderie made the concert an unforgettable experience, leaving everyone immersed in their magnetic energy and longing for more.

Photos by Liam Gillin. All images © 2023 Copyright Liam Gillin ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Louis Tomlinson


Just before Louis’s set, a light rain fell, but it failed to dampen the spirits of the fans. A beachball started bouncing around, creating spontaneous laughter and camaraderie among attendees. As Louis serenaded the crowd with his hits, the energy escalated, and a jumping pit came to life. A fan’s Louis flag appeared, igniting a sense of unity.

Throughout the concert, Louis expressed gratitude to his hardworking crew, and the crowd reciprocated their appreciation. He wasn’t just a performer; he was a humble and genuine artist who deeply cared for his fans. Photographing the show allowed me to witness intimate moments. Louis sharing hugs with lucky fans at the front row. iPhone flashes twinkled like stars, illuminating the entire arena as a gesture of love.

A Wild Moment

In a wild moment, Louis ripped off his shirt, sending the crowd into a frenzy of cheers and screams. It was a display of raw emotion that left everyone breathless. The main set ended with the crowd clamoring for an encore, and Louis obliged with a smile. It was a moment of full circle energy, where my fan admiration for him collided with my passion for photography.

Final Moments

Before bidding farewell, Louis surprised everyone, saying, “New York, let’s take a picture!”. The sea of fans united, capturing a cherished moment of love and unity. As the final notes echoed, the concert concluded, leaving everyone with memories etched in their hearts. The North American chapter of the tour was completed in the best way possible. Louis Tomlinson’s performance in New York was not just a concert; it was a celebration of music and unforgettable moments. My journey from a devoted fan to a photographer capturing his show was nothing short of surreal, a testament to the power of music and the connections it forges. This concert will forever hold a special place in my heart, reminding me that dreams do come true, and sometimes, they come full circle.

Photos by Liam Gillin. All images © 2023 Copyright Liam Gillin ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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