ONE DIRECTION @ SEVENS STADIUM
It might have been the biggest concert in the Middle East, with 32,50 tickets. But the mass hysteria of the female/ teen dominated show made One Direction’s Dubai debut feel like the biggest show on earth.
The music was very ‘ Boyband Pop’ (“like, duh!”), but it was everything else that brought the show its success. Credit where it’s due - the lads can sing. They’re harmonious and clearly know their stuff in terms of crowd interaction and showing us a good time. Even when the concert was halted midway for 30mins for the authorities to mend one of the barricades that gave way ( remember ‘ mass hysteria’?), they handled it like seasoned pros. From what we saw, Niall Horan and his guitar appeared to be the big talent, Harry Styles the intense one, Liam Payne cocky with his mic flipping and moves ( my favourite, if I were ‘ that age’), with Louis Tomlinson the energetic bouncy one. ( And I couldn’t tell if anyone missed that Malik boy.)
The rest of it was prime Beatles era madness, as we finally got to see the stuff music videos are made of – delirious girls, crying and fainting, dozens of handmade banners and the hysterical screaming and sing- alongs! We braced ourselves for the squealing, but the shrill tidal waves when the boys came on stage at the start of e- v- e- r- y song was spellbinding. And then the inevitable “What’s up Dooooobaaai!”
There was something so pure about these young fans’ adoration and energy, that it was a sight to behold. And this must be said - this wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for some very devoted and patient parents - good job acknowledging them, 1D!