One Direction turns Auckland into screaming teen
"You've done it. You are the loudest show on this tour," Louis Tomlinson says.
Yeah, well, I bet you say that to all the girls. Quite literally.
But it seems possible.
There's been screaming for hours now, from before the show even started as big screens looped video clips and photos of a well groomed group of guys with perfect hair, just this side of puberty.
But the moment he's talking about, where we all thought we were about to lose our hearing forever?
That's when piercing estrogen-filled shrieks of delight exploded across the Vector Arena as the fab five took the stage.
Harry, Liam, Louis, Zayn, Niall.
The dream team. British boy band heart throbs. Oh boy. The hair. It really is perfect.
They open up with hit Up All Night. Has there ever been a room with this much excitement in it before?
The boys sound pretty good actually, crooning out catchy hooks, they vibe great with the backing band and work the stage, getting up close and personal with fans.
They're gracious, say they've be waiting a long time to be back here in New Zealand.
Zayn looks a little disinterested for the first couple of songs, but he starts warming up. Of all five, his voice makes the biggest impression.
But they're all talented, all on their A-game, pitch-perfect, dancing around, wanting to put on a good show. Natural performers
Break out another hit Heart Attack.
Girls of all ages everywhere sing along, "You're giving me a heart attack." Hardly seems like exaggeration.
They take challenge ideas from the audience. Attempt to do the time warp and the haka, and bust out their best Kiwi accents. They're not very good at any of these things. It's half hilarious, half awkward.
Ed Sheeran-penned ballad Little Things stands out as one of the highlights of the two-hour set. It's an acoustic performance, Niall picks up a guitar and provides the backing. Every part is spot on, and towards the end of the track, when Liam beatboxes, it's one of the coolest things I've ever seen or heard.
Gritty Wheatus cover Teenage Dirtbag was a nice surprise too. The rock anthem is a different sound to their music, but they pull it off. It's interesting to see the clean-teen band crack out a few iffy lines and experiment with their limits.
Last First Kiss. Moments. Live While We're Young. This crowd knows their music. Every song is almost drowned out by the sing along, which could be irritating but just ends up being fun.
Confetti streamers pummel the front of the audience and then stamping feet bring on an encore of the Best Song Ever and What Makes You Beautiful.
Great crowd, great atmosphere, great performers - their voices are top notch. The hype make sense once you seen this band live.
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