LOUIS-MANIA is heading home in One Direction - to South Yorkshire, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
Pop star Louis Tomlinson, from Doncaster, and his chart-topping X Factor band have announced their first 21-date tour - including a homecoming date at Sheffield City Hall on Friday, January 20.
Tickets are expected to sell out in minutes when they go on sale this weekend.
Louis and his band mates attracted the attention of thousands of screaming girls when the band played on the X Factor Live tour at Sheffield Arena earlier this year.
Their debut single, What Makes You Beautiful, shot to number one on iTunes within 15 minutes of being released and achieved the biggest week one sales of 2011, selling 153,965 copies.
Their second book, Dare to Dream, also instantly rocketed to number one this week.
After months of fevered anticipation and levels of hysteria not witnessed for decades, One Direction, the UK’s most exciting new pop band, have now announce a string of live dates across the UK and Ireland this December and January.
The tour will see One Direction making stops at various key venues around the country, including London’s HMV Apollo, Manchester’s O2 Apollo, Liverpool’s Echo Arena and Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. The tour wraps with shows in Ireland at the O2 in Dublin and the Waterfront in Belfast.
They are no strangers to performing to huge crowds after wowing fans on The X Factor Live Tour earlier this year. Their first headline tour will see the band performing songs from thei debut album, to be released this November, alongside some of their favourite covers and a few surprises.
Tickets, priced £27.50 & £19.50 - under 14s must be accompanied by an adult - will be available from Saturday, October 1, 2011, at 10am.
For the Sheffield concert visit www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk, call 01142 789 789 or buy in person from the Sheffield City Hall Box Office.
Full details onedirectionmusic.com
One Direction will be performing at the following venues on their debut headline tour:
Wed 21-Dec Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Thurs 22-Dec Manchester 02 Apollo
Fri 23-Dec Manchester 02 Apollo
Fri 23-Dec Manchester 02 Apollo-Matinee
Tues 03-Jan Bournemouth BIC
Wed 04-Jan Birmingham NIA Arena
Thu 05-Jan Plymouth Pavilions
Sat 07-Jan Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Sat 07-Jan Nottingham Royal Concert Hall-Matinee
Sun 08-Jan Brighton Centre
Tues 10-Jan London HMV Apollo
Wed 11-Jan London HMV Apollo
Fri 13-Jan Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Sat 14-Jan Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Sat 14-Jan Glasgow Clyde Auditorium-Matinee
Sun 15-Jan Liverpool Echo Arena
Tue 17-Jan Newcastle City Hall
Wed 18-Jan Blackpool Opera House
Fri 20-Jan Sheffield City Hall
Sat 21-Jan Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Sun 22-Jan London HMV Apollo
Tues 24 –Jan Dublin 02
Wed 25 –Jan Belfast Waterfront
Thurs 26-Jan Belfast Waterfront