One Di­rec­tion, many ad­mir­ers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Belinda Cipriano

THOU­SANDS of teenage girls and a few 30-some­things flocked to Subiaco Oval to see UK boy band One Di­rec­tion on the last leg of their Aus­tralian On the Road Again tour on Fri­day night.

The sky lit up with fire­works and stream­ers fell on the ador­ing crowd as the boys – Harry Styles, Niall Ho­ran, Louis Tom­lin­son, Liam Payne and Zayn Ma­lik – kicked off their con­cert with Clouds be­fore de­light­ing the crowd with fan favourite StealMy Girl, both from the al­bum Four.

A string of hits from their Mid­night Mem­o­ries al­bum, in­clud­ing Where Do Bro­ken Hearts Go, Ready to Run, Hap­pily and Bet­ter thanWords were next, be­fore a play­ful Payne an­nounced it was the crowd's re­spon­si­bil­ity to be the loud­est crowd of the tour; cue wild screams from the au­di­ence.

Ban­ter from Ho­ran also en­sued with the cheeky Ir­ish­man putting on his best Aussie ac­cent to the thrill of fans.

A trib­ute to Aus­tralian fans came with Don't For­get Where YouBe­long be­fore mov­ing on to Lit­tle Things, Night Changes and a band in­tro­duc­tion.

Alive and Diana, both from the Mid­night Mem­o­ries al­bum, were sung on a ris­ing stage to rap­tur­ous ap­plause, while One Thing and What Makes You Beau­ti­ful from de­but al­bum Up All Night were also crowd pleasers.

Girl Almighty and Story of MyLife were part of the fi­nal set and an un­well Ma­lik dis­ap­peared mid­way through and did not re­turn, with Ho­ran ex­plain- ing his band­mate had taken ill.

Their en­core per­for­mance had some­thing for ev­ery­one in­clud­ing more ban­ter from Ho­ran, a big thank you to all the par­ents, aunts, un­cles and babysit­ters from Styles, bal­lad You and I, and fi­nale song Best SongEver.

I had won­dered be­fore Fri­day night’s gig whether 1D were los­ing their Mi­das touch to other newbie boy bands, in­clud­ing Aus­tralian suc­cess story 5 Sec­onds of Sum­mer, but this con­cert showed their fans are in it for the long haul and they're re­cruit­ing more, in­clud­ing this girl, along the way.

Im­pres­sive.

See An­drew Ritchie’s full pic­ture gallery at www.in­my­commu­nity.com.au

Pic­tures: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d433782

The mem­bers of boy band One Di­rec­tion dur­ing their re­cent per­for­mance at Subiaco Oval.

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