One Direction: 'Famous Five' fans go nuts
At One Direction's sold-out Christchurch show, puberty and pop culture collided in a scream that lasted for two minutes and 24 seconds.
Thousands of teen girls screamed exuberantly as they waited for English-Irish pop stars Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson to perform the first show of their New Zealand tour at CBS Canterbury Arena last night.
Fans waited for hours outside the venue for a glimpse of the pop stars.
Tickets to the One Direction (1D) show, part of their Take Me Home world tour, went on sale over a year ago and sold out in nine minutes.
Having waited so long to see their idols, anticipation in the arena was high.
After singing along to the Friends theme song, waving their glow sticks and doing the macarena, fans' tears, screams and general hysteria erupted into a frenzy and a collective scream that lasted for over two minutes as the ''famous five'' walked on stage and proclaimed ''now we're here''.
One girl was so over-excited she vomited a little.
Support act, Australian group 5SOS (Five Seconds of Summer), had their own dedicated fanbase there to cheer them on.
''I'm not here to see 1D, just 5SOS'', one girl said disgustedly, swinging her gangly legs.
1D did not do a meet-and-greet with fans while in Christchurch, but 12 children from Cholmondeley Children's Charity were treated with tickets.
In Australia the group incurred the wrath of Australian police after their entourage sped through three red lights to escape fans pursuing them. Then two girls stole Payne's boxer shorts from a hotel balcony, wore them for a day, and gave them back.
There will be no such undie-borrowing opportunities for Christchurch fans. Directly after last night's show the group left the city on a private jet to Auckland where they will do two shows.
Some might say the best thing about One Direction is the passion and devotion of their fans, the Directioners, and Christchurch fans did the fandom proud.
1D have sold an estimated 19 million singles and 10 million albums and have an estimated personal combined wealth of NZ$49 million.
PARENTS COERCED IN ONE DIRECTION
Sprinkled amongst the boisterous tween audience at One Direction, the doting chaperones look uncomfortable, bored and sometimes amused.
Everywhere boisterous groups of hysterical adolescents are working themselves into a frenzy. Some cry spontaneously for seemingly no reason.
Sometimes the Directioners run and scream at the same time. The effect of this mob mentality is fascinating yet slightly terrifying.
Amongst the hysterical masses there are dads wearing earplugs and mums writing shopping lists while lamenting the fact they didn't bring earplugs.
I found one dad having a beer while listening to his iPod.
Another dad wearing earplugs sighed: "All I need now is a blindfold."
One dad who referred to himself as "the taxi" asked me who 1D were.
The smell of despair is everywhere. Or maybe it's 1D's fragrance, One Moment, these teens' perfume of choice.
The Directioners wear 1D T-shirts and thrash around with glowsticks; their caregivers wear expressions of resigned submission. Gabrielle Sullivan said the life-size cardboard cut-out of band member Niall Horan by her daughter's bed gave her a "hell of a fright one night".
Another mum, who had travelled from Wellington for the show, said that because of 1D her daughter eats cereal with a fork and has done so for 18 months.
"She heard that one of the group had a spoon phobia and that was that."
Amongst the audience there were lots of very young children and Sarah Cruse was pleased to see them.
"We came down from Mt Maunganui, I'm here with my six-year-old niece. She has cancer and is bald and has a feeding tube.
"I was worried there wouldn't be any other young children here. She's so happy and is having a wonderful time."
Treena Duff, at the concert with her two daughters and nephew, said she remembered what it was like to see a band you loved.
"They didn't sleep at all last night. I love it because they love it."
Typically the mums were more upbeat than the dads.
One dad sat on the stairs playing Angry Birds on his phone.
"What a racket."