A One Direction concert survival guide

Despite all warnings, last night we did the One Direction concert at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. And you know what? It wasn’t that bad. In fact, as much as I hate to admit it, the concert was actually pretty good. The 1D boys were gracious, excited and so obviously thrilled to be there.

As for the girls, well, I am sure you can imagine and when I tell you that the group of 15 year olds next to us were sobbing for the majority of the concert, it will all make sense.
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Poss’ highlight was, without a doubt, the moment when Liam (see, I even know which one is which now!) turned around and gave a wave and a wink at her and the little girl sitting next to us. I thought she was going to combust with screaming. Seriously.

Anyway, as a survivor, I thought I would share some of my tips as I have no doubt that many of you will be experiencing this particular concert, if not this year (they have like a bazillion shows still in Melbourne) then next year (when apparently, according to Poss, we are going again)…..

  • 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.

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  1. After surviving – and enjoying – a 1D concert in 2012 with my 2 eldest I heartily concur about the earplugs. Oh my word I have never heard screaming like it (and I was a fan of the sorely-missed Michael Hutchence)

    The lads seem to genuinely love performing, and it makes for a never to be forgotten experience. So glad Poss had the best time, your posts and tweets over the last few days have really brought her enjoyment to life.
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  2. Noella Hextall says:

    Bless little Poss, how gorgeous that she wants to meet the 1D boys. I love her sign, and I’m glad she coped so well, what a wonderful experience for you both! I hope you have regained your hearing, I can’t believe there are grown women screaming at them too !! Have a wonderful weekend x

  3. huh. funny post. considering how overwhelmed my son was by ‘junior disco’ for 3 attempts in a row (he really wanted to go.. but no), i think a concert of that calibre would be totally out of question. but he loves music and i would certainly support him, if ever he’ll be so inclined. maybe something open air though, with possibility of retreat. you did so well, loved reading your instatweets too..
    1D mums.. yeah, that’s a bit odd.
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  4. Workinwomenaus says:

    My ears are still ringing. Seriously. The squealing for the enocore was OUT OF CONTROL! It was a clean, (mostly) swear word free concert and I’d do it again just to see the look on my daughter’s face. Priceless.

  5. I know this was posted a while ago, but I want to correct something you said. Posters are NOT a good idea to bring to any concert, EVER. Yes, it can get you noticed which is every girls dream at a concert like this (I would know, having been myself and will be again next month), but all posters are is rude. It’s no wonder security is starting to confiscate posters and not allow people to take them in to the stadium, because they block everyone’s view behind you. The bigger the better? Absolutely not. The bigger, the less people can see.
    So yes, I understand wanting to be noticed. But posters block everyone’s view who is sitting behind you, people who have worked just as hard (if not harder) for those expensive tickets than you have, and I bet they won’t be happy if their experience is ruined because of your signs.

    • Thanks for your feedback Grace. However at the concert we were at, the band actually asked fans to make signs and then they highlighted them throughout the concert on the big screen. So while I appreciate your comments, I’ll have to disagree with you.

    • Don’t bother with earplugs anymore no matter how you try to adjust your earplugs you still will hear screaming teenage girls through your earplugs but good point I agree with you for the need of earplugs or otherwise you will end up leaving the concert with ringing of the ears also known as tinnitus because I remember @LouisTomlinson complaining after a show in Liverpool, UK of having tinnitus but my apologies if I’m being a bit harsh with my words in this comment that I’m making, feel free to respond if you have any further questions which I will be happy to answer. Holly Devenney

  6. Alana K. says:

    I’m going on August 18th and I’m so excited because its my first real concert and I’ve been begging for tickets for 5 years straight.

  7. how early should should i reach to a one direction concert that starts at 7:00pm? Im really excited for my concert and i just want to be prepared? Like how should you have your ticket printed out and any other important tips that i should know for the first time. Thanks!
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    • It really depends on if you want to see the support act or not. The first 1D concert we went to, Poss really wanted to see the support act, so just check what time they start and you’ll be there in plenty of time to see the main show. If you’re not too worried about that, then you can probably get there a bit later – say 6:30. Check with your venue about the ticket printing – sometimes they allow you to use your mobile phone, sometimes they insist on having it printed. Best of luck and have a great time!


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