In 2010 they finished in third place on singing talent show the X Factor and even though they didn’t win, everyone knew that we hadn’t heard or seen the last of One Direction.
The five young boys didn’t know what the future would bring. However nothing could prepare them for what was about to happen. After releasing their debut single What makes you beautiful in September 2011, which hit the number one spot, the band took the world by storm.
Now, on Saturday 23rd of February One Direction, which consists of Naill Horan (19), Zayn Malik (20), Liam Payne (19), Harry Styles (19) and Louis Tomlinson (21) are about to embark on their Take me home world tour at London’s most famous venue – the o2 arena.
With over 20,000 adoring fans getting ready to see the five-piece phenomenon, support band 5 Seconds of Summer and female soloist Camryn (who was also 1D’s support act on their 2012 American tour,) were left to entertain the crowd. This also gave fans the chance to prepare themselves for the event that they had most possibly been counting down the weeks and days to.
Suddenly the lights dimmed and a funny video showing Harry, Liam, Niall, Louis and Zayn fooling around at a house and pool party appeared on the screen. It was good that the video didn’t involve talking, as I am not sure you would’ve been able to hear it over the ear deafening screams of over excited fans.
Soon the five piece were on stage, belting out Up all night, from their debut album. Next they performed I Would, which was written by well-known band and crowd pleasers - McFly. Other songs which were included in the set list were Heart Attack, More than this, Loved you first, One Thing and C’mon, C’mon. Each member of the band made sure that they visited each end of the stage numerous times to ensure that all fans could get a close-up view of their favourite member.
Halfway through the spectacular show a quick outfit change was due and the band emerged to the stage suited and booted for what was about to be the highlight of the concert. Stood on a platform, Liam, Niall, Louis, Zayn and Harry were soon raised over the crowd and slowed things down with a heartfelt Change my mind, waving at fans enthusiastically along the way.
After reaching the other end of the venue, fans that were at the back were very happy indeed to now be at the front seeing the band up close. Next it was time for their Comic relief single One way or another (Teenage kicks) and soon after the five lads got more personal with their fans by answering three questions which fans had sent over twitter earlier in the day. These included ‘Mime an animal and we have to guess what it is’, to which Liam mimed an elephant and a rabbit to the laughing crowd. What also had fans in stitches were Louis’ Harry Potter quote impressions and Niall Horan revealed that if he could rewind back time he would go back to when the band were first put together.
Back on the main stage the band hit into an energetic performance of Back for you, soon after followed by a cover of Teenage Dirtbag, where Niall impressed fans with his fantastic guitar skills, whilst at one point Harry was trying to distract him – to no avail.
You could tell that each band member were very thankful for their place in One Direction, with each one thanking the crowd a number of times for buying a ticket. Louis commented that this was the loudest crowd they had ever played to, even though the band had played one previous matinee show earlier on in the day. Liam made one fans day when he wished her a happy birthday and Zayn entertained the crowd with copying dance moves of fans at the front.
After leaving the stage to prepare for an encore, a hilarious video of the band dressed up and undercover surprising the public was shown on the main screens, which also had many parents and families who had attended with their children, grandchildren etc in stitches too.
They say time flies when you’re having fun and it definitely had, now that it was the finale of the show. Finishing off with Live while were young and the sensational What makes you beautiful the band entertained some more by circling Harry on his solo piece to mime slow motion dance moves, to which had the crowd laughing once again. Suddenly the arena was filled with confetti confirming the end of the show, which many fans didn’t want to end, but one thing is for sure is that they were all leaving with a massive grin on their face and a great memory of what had happened tonight.
With over 100+ dates on the tour, covering Europe America and Australia the band will be returning to the o2 arena in April, One Direction are selling out concert after concert and if you have the chance to see them I’d definitely book those tickets!