Fanatical fans from around the world flocked to Sheffield last night for the first of three sell-out gigs before 1D have a change of direction and embark on a one-year break.
Directioners from Hong Kong and Portugal were among a 13,000-strong army in Sheffield for a final glimpse of Louis, Harry, Niall and Liam - lifting the lid off the city Arena with deafening screams as the world-famous boy band made their long-awaited entrance on stage.
One Direction fever swept through the Sheffield Arena with hysteria contagious among the band’s adoring fans - some of whom had waited almost year to see their idols since getting their hands on gold dust tickets, which were selling this week for over £10,000 online.
But the fans’ patience and devotion was recognised, with 22-year-old Liam Payne thanking the crowd for its vocal welcome.
“We have seen some crowds but none have ever started like this,” he enthused, before telling the fans: “I want to hear it nice and loud.”
And the Directioners did not disappoint.
Heart-throb Harry Styles added to the love-in at the city Arena, praising northern crowds.
“We have three shows left on the tour this year and we feel that the further north you go the better the crowd, so we wanted to finish in Sheffield - the best place on earth,” he told the fans.
Doncaster born Louis Tomlinson told Directioners he was ‘buzzing’ to be back in Yorkshire for he end of the band’s On The Road Again tour.
Catapulted to global fame after finishing third in the X Factor in 2010, One Direction fans were on their feet all night.
Favourites including What Makes You Beautiful, Kiss You, Story Of My Life and Where Do Broken Hearts Go were crowd pleasers, with Drag Me Down and Perfect from the band’s forthcoming fifth album, Made in the A.M also rocking the Arena.
Blowing kisses, waving and cheeky winks for their young fans, ID gave them what they wanted, with mischievous Harry throwing water into the crowd and singling out some fans for a bit of banter as the boys caught their breath mid way through their two hour set.
Posters declaring undying love and 1D devotion filled the Arena, with thousands of camera flashes twinkling in the darkness during the ballads a sight to behold.
1D are having a change of direction with the fab four set to embark on solo projects but the only place the band will be going to when the new album is released next month is to the top of the charts!