One Direction‘s unanticipated world domination is an astonishing feat. This is an act that came third on The X Factor back in 2010. The public were only half on-board with their brand of boyband cheekiness at that point, but playing a third sold-out night at Wembley Stadium in front of 90,000 fans leaves no doubt that 1D have come very far since, and then some.
In fact, as the five-piece mention numerous times on stage, Wembley is where it all began for them. Just over 400 yards up the road is Fountain Studios, home of The X Factor. It’s where they learned their craft in front of a weekly audience of 10 million plus, turning Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ into a shimmering teen serenade.
However, One Direction’s success has prospered by ditching Simon Cowell’s maxim for the stereotypical boyband. Matching outfits are a strict no, and you’d be hard pressed to find a stool anywhere near the stage at Wembley. Instead, One Direction stroll out to the raucous guitar riffs of ‘Midnight Memories’, Harry Styles’ raspy tone giving it enough authenticity.
Their latest album was created for the stadium (they had sold out the three live dates months before the record was even in store), so it comes as little surprise the majority of its material fits the setting well. Niall Horan’s turn on the guitar for ‘Don’t Forget Where You Belong’ is an anthemic ode to their roots, while the Rolling Stones-inflected ‘Little Black Dress’ is chanting pop-rock that swaggers along years ahead of their youth.
The boys are undoubtedly delighted to be on stage, even if their collected calmness makes it appear like they are casually having larks in the sixth form common room. It lands on a scale of Zayn Malik looking distant to Harry Styles sauntering like a young rockstar in the making, launching mouthfuls of water across the stage. They each have their role, with Liam Payne’s sincere speeches of thanks delighting the crowd and Louis Tomlinson’s natural charisma holding attention during the longer intervals.
However, having gone from theatre tour to arena shows and then to stadium extravaganzas in quick succession, it feels One Direction haven’t had enough time to adapt. Their vocals sound stronger than ever, and there’s barely even a whiff of nerves, but the general ambition for spectacle has seldom budged. Save a rising platform for ‘One Thing’, a few bursts of pyrotechnics and some streamers here and there, it very much remains five guys rattling around a very large stage. Maybe this is a continuation of shunning the expected boyband pageantry for a more truthful ensemble, but pop music can always do with a dose of the spectacular from time to time.
That said, debut hit ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ fulfils its destiny for a full-blown stadium outing, the guitars ramped up and the beats pounding louder – One Direction’s resistance to pursue faddy dance-pop three years ago realizing its full value. ‘You and I’ is a particular highlight during the encore, with Zayn hitting that high falsetto effortlessly, and rousing folk ballad ‘Story of My Life’ bathes in the thousands of lit-up phones across the stadium.
As a finale of ‘Best Song Ever’ echoes out of Wembley Stadium’s iconic confines, One Direction’s fate as a bonafide music phenomenon is sealed. They join a legacy that includes Madonna, Muse and Take That by playing the world-famous venue, and while their ascent to the top has been swift, they have taken it all in their stride, never letting the intense pressure get the better of them – and that, to quote Louis Walsh, is what you call star quality.
Source: Digital Spy
1D has announced that they’ll be releasing an official Where We Are Tour DVD – featuring their ENTIRE concert at Milan’s San Siro Stadium for your viewing pleasure.
The news was revealed on the official One Direction twitter page last night, with the explanation that the boys’ Milan show – due to take place next month – will be filmed in full and then stuck on a DVD.
The DVD is available for pre-order this Friday May 23rd, 2014 and will include backstage footage of the band and crew, an exclusive message from 1D, and a 12 page booklet with ‘never before seen live & backstage pictures from the tour’.
One Direction has confirmed a set of new world tour dates for 2015 playing in Australia, Asia, South Africa and UAE. Tour Dates are below!
One Direction – On The Road Again 2015 tour dates:
7th February – Allianz Stadium, Sydney
11th February – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
14th February – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
17th February – AAMi Stadium, Adelaide
20th February – Patterson Stadium, Perth
24th February – Dome, Osaka, Japan
25th February – Dome, Osaka, Japan
27th February – Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, Japan
28th February – Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, Japan
1st March – Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, Japan
11th March – National Stadium, Singapore
14th March – Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand
18th March – Asia World Expo, Hong Kong
21st March – Mall of Asia Concert Ground, Manila, Philippines
25th March – Stadium Utama Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia
28th March – FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
29th March – FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
1st April – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
4th April – 7HE Sevens, Dubai
For on sale and ticketing details please go to www.ontheroadagain1D.com
We have the setlist for you for One Direction’s ‘Where We Are’ World Tour! In case you don’t want it to be spoiled for you, we have put it under the fold. Click ‘CONTINUE READING’ below to check out the setlist for yourself so you can be fully prepared for when you get to the see the boys on tour this summer!
One Direction has released the music video for their new single ‘You and I’! Check out their shape-shifting and morphing ways! ‘You and I’, which will be the fourth single from One Direction’s latest album Midnight Memories, will be released on May 25th. Pre-order the ‘You & I’ single bundle including a remix from Liam Payne on iTunes now!
The guys in One Direction are at it again, this time giving us a laugh-out-loud short film centered around their second fragrance ‘That Moment’.
The guys meet Girolle, from Paris, who is set to shoot their “That Moment” fragrance advertisement.The guys are instructed to convey the fragrance with facial expressions. Then, the photographer tells each guy individually “it’s all about you.” Obviously, hilarity ensues.
‘That Moment’ — What Does It Smell Like? The fragrance smells like heaven with top notes of apple, cucumber and tangerine, mid notes of peony and violent and dry notes of pachouli, creamy musk and cedarwood.
The fragrance comes in different forms — an eau de parfum spray, a body lotion, a shower gel and a roller ball for travel. It will be in stores sometime in May.
Check out the hilarious video below!
Source: Hollywood Life
ARE you ready girls? Those cheeky One Direction boys are about to go all Action Man on you.
The lads have landed a multimillion-pound deal to release a second fragrance and it’s been given a Mission Impossible style makeover.
Today Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne will be attempting their best Tom Cruise impressions as they shoot the promo video for the scent.
A source said: “The premise is that the boys are stealing the bottles of perfume from a vault – so they’re going to be dangling from the ceiling on wires with huge explosions going off.
“Every care is being taken to ensure the boys stay safe – there are specialists on hand to deal with the rigging and pyrotechnics and stunt crash mats have been ordered in.
“Producers have to make sure none of the boys get injured so they’ve pulled out all the stops to ensure their safety is maintained at all times. For some of the most dangerous bits, they’ve got body doubles on standby.”
While there’s a tiny risk they might self-destruct in five seconds, you can see why the boys are keen to sniff the sweet smell of success again.
Last year’s Our Moment perfume netted them £2million each.
And it’s not the first time they have been raised to death defying heights in the name of a promo.
While shooting scenes for single Midnight Memories, they were hoisted to the top of London’s Tower Bridge in the middle of the night after haring along the River Thames on speed boats.
Again, hefty safety precautions were taken – just as with the shoot.
The source said: “It would be an insurance nightmare if one of the boys got injured ahead of their world tour – and that kicks off this month.”
Source: Daily Record
One Direction took top music honors at Nickelodeon’s 27th annual Kids’ Choice Awards last night, winning two awards. One Direction won favorite music group and favorite song for “Story of My Life,” while Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake were named favorite female and male respectively at the fan-voted awards.
Check out the full list of winners HERE!
One Direction has announced that Aussies 5SOS (5 Seconds of Summer) will not only be joining the North American portion of their sold out ‘Where We Are’ Tour, but will be around for the UK, Ireland, and European dates of the tour as well!
You may be familiar with the aussies from One Direction’s tour last year as 5SOS was on a large portion of those tour dates as well!
It’s looking like this summer is gonna be another great one! Tour dates are on the sidebar!