Currently in the middle of their second sell out world tour, Music Editor Ella Stanbrook managed to watch One Direction perform on their second night at London’s O2 Arena.
One Direction, two words that send teenage girls into hysterics, is arguably the biggest boy band on the planet at the moment. Since coming third in The X Factor back in 2010, the five-piece band comprised of Louis, Harry, Liam, Zayn and Niall, have propelled themselves to international stardom. With three number one singles, a number one album as well as numerous awards and records under their belt, this band truly are one of Britain’s biggest success stories in recent years.
As the O2 arena slowly began to fill up with girls armed with “I <3 1D” posters and merchandise of all sorts, the excitement of everyone around me began to grow. When it was filled, the lights went off and the first support act, Camryn, came to the stage. Catchy and energetic as her songs were, unfortunately I cannot say I was looking at the future Beyonce. After a short break, the second and final support act came to the stage, this time a boy band called Five Seconds of Summer, a mix between McFly and Scouting for Girls, and equally as impressive.
After yet another short break, the lights went down for the last time, and the stage lit up to each member of the band walking out from a different part of the backdrop. Needless to say the arena erupted and the band swiftly started with their chosen first song ‘Up All Night’. The band was full of energy as expected from the young boys and had each member of the audience on their feet.
The concert continued with some new tracks, some old tracks and some slow tracks, performed as the band stood on a bridge that travelled from the stage, over the audience and onto a small platform in the middle of the arena. This is where they performed their popular Comic Relief track, ‘One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)’. This was also where the band paused the show and had a Q&A with various audience members via Twitter, a nice little addition to their performance.
The night was filled with stage set changes, outfit changes and more importantly a lot of singing and dancing. Their two number one singles, ‘Live While We’re Young’ and ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ were left for the end to create an explosive and exhilarating encore.
Hats off to boys, it is clear why and how they reached the level of success that they are currently enjoying at the moment. They put on a sensational show that was not only exciting to watch but also very musically impressive!