EXCLUSIVE: District 3: There’s no One Direction rivalry, Niall Horan’s our mate

As far as X Factor boybands go, District 3 and One Direction are two of our favourites.

District 3 and One DirectionDistrict 3 are big fans of One Direction, especially Niall Horan. Copyright [WENN]So when we met District 3 for an exclusive chat, we had to ask whether they're feeling any rivalry between them and their X Factor predecessors, One Direction.

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However, District 3 were keen to dispel any rumours of competition between them and the 1D lads — and in fact, they revealed that they're pretty good mates with Niall Horan.

Dan told us: "We get on really well. We've kept in touch with Niall Horan. He's our favourite member. He's really supportive of us. He's texted us a few times."

District 3District 3 have said there's no rivarly between them and One Direction. Copryight [WENN]And apparently, One Direction have been dishing out advice to District 3.

Greg said: "They've told us to just have fun with it. They've said that this is the best time."

However, District 3 aren't putting themselves under any pressure to attempt to dominate the globe 1D style.

Greg told us: "I don't think you can ever really expect their success. People like One Direction only come around once every 20 odd years. Their success has been amazing. If we even had the tiniest bit of that we'd be over the moon."

District 3 say they're not expecting to emulate One Direction's success. Copyright [WENN]We're predicting huge things for the guys, starting with their first ever headline shows this weekend.

The lads are in agreement that the shows are to give back to their 3eeks after all their support.

Greg revealed: "We're nervous because when we've been doing these gigs at clubs it's not necessarily our fans. So we owe it to them to do a gig and it makes us more excited."

Dan continued: "Being on X Factor they had a reason to be interested in you, so the fact they've kept an interest even when we've come off the show is amazing and we're very grateful for that. That's why we're looking forward to the shows. There are lots of surprises in store for the fans."

District Live — Get Your 3eek On

District3 are performing at St.James theatre in London on the 16th December, doing 3 shows performing to over 900 people. Kieran Alleyne is supporting.

It's the bands first self-promoted show and as it's in a very special venue, it will be a total one off.

Venue: 12 Palace Street City of Westminster, SW1E 5JA

Purchasing tickets here: http://www.seetickets.com/Tour/DISTRICT-3

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