Harry Styles has said One Direction's concerts having been "going absolutely great" since the departure of Zayn Malik, with the rest of the band stepping in to pick up Zayn's solos.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Styles said, when asked about performing live minus Zayn: "There have been incredible shows across Europe, some of the best we've had."

He added, "The only changes have been that the parts Zayn sang have been picked up by different people. Other than that, the shows have been going absolutely great."

On the future of the band he said the lads are "buzzing" about their new material, "We're currently recording and writing our next album, so we'll be working on that. The songs are coming together quickly, so we're buzzing with the new stuff."

Styles also took the opportunity to thank their loyal Directioners for their support, "The fans have shown, as they have a million times, that they're incredible and so supportive."

22-year-old Malik decided to quit One Direction in March of this year and released which said: "My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band.

"I'd like to apologise to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world."

The remaining members of 1D, Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, begin the North American leg of their On The Road... Again tour on July 9 in San Diego, California.