- Take earplugs. Or noise cancelling headphones. I’m not even slightly joking. The screaming is insane and the music is even louder to cover the screaming. The lads seem to think it’s all kinds of funny to get the crowd to scream louder and louder, as though it’s a test of their love. Pack the earplugs.
- Don’t even try to take in bottles of anything (water OR gin). It will be confiscated. Bag checks are the norm at most concerts these days, this one is no different, so don’t even bother.
- Merchandise is expensive and the lines are crazy long. There was a few wandering guys walking around selling 1D flags (that the girls wore tied around their shoulders), glow sticks and lanyards with everything priced under $25. Take a tip from me; get your t-shirts and posters elsewhere, and then aim for a $10 glow stick.
- The support act starts at 7.30pm and the boys came on at about 8.30-ish. Don’t feel like you HAVE to be there for the support act. We got there early so Poss could adjust to the noise before the main event started, but if it’s not an issue for you and you’re not a huge fan of the support act, I would come as close to the 8.30 start as possible.
- Security is full on, and this is coming from a chick who rocked the mosh pits of The Big Day Out year on year. Ok, who am I kidding – that security was always bad – this is more akin to what you would expect in a US airport on September 11. The bag checks were just the start; where we were sitting, we weren’t even allowed out of our seats to go to the loo without a security guy escorting us. When the boys hit the middle stage (which was just next to us) I was more concerned about the security guards than the excited, but generally good natured, 15 year old girls surrounding us.
- The lads talk a lot during the show. There’s plenty of opportunity for the audience to watch them interact with each other, and with the crowd. They read out tweets, they joke and stuff about, they scan the crowd for interesting signs, they wore footy jumpers and kicked footballs into the ecstatic fans.
- Maybe because of all this chatter, or maybe because they do about 23 songs, it’s a long show. Be prepared for tired kids. But no one could accuse them of not giving fans value for money.
- If your kids are crafty, get them to make a sign. The bigger the better. The boys pointed out signs during the show, with the cameras looking for funny or witty ones to share with the crowd. Don’t bother with the ‘Marry Me Harry’ (or variations); it’s been done. My favourite from last night? “We thought we were at a Hanson concert” Possibly showing my age…
- They do a number of songs on the middle stage, and a few on a moving platform that goes from the front of the stage to the back of the arena. It’s actually a great way to give as many of their fans a close up experience with them; something I’ve never really seen done before. Get your camera ready.
- Mummy Directioners are a real thing. A kind of scary thing, I mean I know the boys are cute, but really? They dress in the t-shirts, wear the hats, know all the words to all the songs and scream louder than their daughters. You have been warned.
I think that’s it….
Oh – one more thing – there is no shame in writing your phone number on your child’s arm before the event. In permanent marker. Just in case.
Was there anything else you might like to know about the concert?
Other than “can you please get tickets to meet them next time” which is what Poss has been asking me since we got home. Because, no.