One Direction announce arena dates in Sheffield after glory at The Brits

Louis Tomlinson and his band members meet fans outside Trax FM.
Louis Tomlinson and his band members meet fans outside Trax FM.
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Pop sensation group win Best British Single.

Now local pop sensation Louis Tomlinson is off to make it big in America after winning the Best British Single last night at the Brit awards with song What Makes You Beautiful.

Doncaster’s Louis Tomlinson exhaled in disbelief as the winner was announced, then told the screaming crowd: “We cannot believe that we are stood here on this stage.

“I wanna start off by saying this award is for the fans - we would be absolutely nowhere without them so thank you so much.”

But South Yorkshire One Direction fans shouldn’t worry about missing them for too long in America - they’re coming back for their first arena tour, including a date at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

Tickets are expected to sell out almost instantly for the 11-date tour when they go on sale on Saturday, at 9am.

Hundreds of screaming fans queued for up to 23-hours for tickets for last month’s Sheffield City Hall concert.

Now Arena bosses are preparing for more One Direction-mania as fans throw the biggest homecoming party for Louis since the X Factor.

The former Hall Cross School sixth former, from Bessacarr, Doncaster, is first jetting off with his band to play a tour of the US after attending last night’s Brit Awards.

Currently number seven in the American downloads chart, they recently filmed a cameo appearance for top Nickelodeon show iCarly, as well as appearing on the cover of the likes of M Magazine. Over 100,000 fans in America have already signed up to the band’s US Facebook page in a bid to bring 1D to their home state – Dallas showed the most love for the band to emerge triumphant.

They have already had number one hits in Italy, Japan, Sweden, Hong Kong and the Phillipines.

Louis’s proud mum Johannah is planning to join her son for part of the tour - for what will be her first ever visit to America. She says 1D will share the headline spot with boy band Big Time Rush.

She said: “They are really keen to do well in America because it has been so difficult for other groups to crack it there. They see it as a challenge.

“But they are very clear that their main fan base is here in Britain and they are not forgetting that.

“I’m going to see them when they’re playing in Los Angeles, and I’ll be celebrating my birthday over there. I’ll also be going to an awards ceremony with them.”

Best pal Stan Lucas is also heading out to see him, while girlfriend Eleanor Calder will meet with him in New York.

n For more tour and ticket details visit www.onedirectionmusic.com