The Irish Mail on Sunday

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forget they have done something Take That couldn’t and that is to break America. They are kids themselves and I think the young fans identify with them because they are the same age. And they don’t do all silly boy band moves, you won’t see them getting up off a stool or twirling in unison.’

Behind the scenes there is a team of over 50 working around the clock to keep the One Direction machine on the road. And after 40 years in the business, Louis knows it is this group of people that are equally responsibl­e for the group’s success.

‘They have a huge team behind them of incredibly clever people. They have Paul Higgins looking after them on the road, another Irish guy doing an amazing job. That team is keeping the machine moving. And as long as they turn up early and are nice to all the kids they are going to be millionair­es. This tour will be huge and they won’t have to work ever again on the back of it.’

Louis will attend Friday’s concert at Croke Park. The last time he was there was June 2012 when Westlife played their final gig. While One Direction has become the number one band in the world he says even they will not be prepared for the buzz that comes with playing the GAA headquarte­rs.

‘There is something so special about Croke Park. I know One Direction have been all over the world but this is going to be something new. To have 80,000 screaming fans looking up at you and the energy that is created – I never experience­d anything like it before and I doubt I will again. I think all five of them are going to have an incredible weekend. I’m sure they could have been like Garth and sold out five shows. But as a result these three shows will be the hottest ticket in town.’

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