Infusion Magazine - - LOOKING BACK - Sarah Abel V

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!

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