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