YC Review, One Direction, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Samantha Tiernan

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One Direction ‘Take Me Home’ World Tour Review by Samantha Tiernan;

After fighting for tickets over a year ago, One Direction fangirls were finally able to see their world famous idols perform their latest album ‘Take Me Home’ on their sell-out tour in Cardiff’s very own, Motorpoint Arena. This extreme demand resulted in the five young boys performing 2 evening shows and 2 matinee shows from the 1st of March to the 3rd of March, meaning the city of Cardiff was filled with over excited teenage girls desperate to meet Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne.
After the long wait in the queues, spiralling all the way around to the back of the arena with enthusiastic singing from almost everyone, the doors opened promptly and a rush of screaming fans found their seats and waited impatiently for the support acts.
Firstly, American singer ‘Camryn’ appeared and sang several of her own songs and covers, including Kelly Clarkson’s ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’. However the crowd didn’t seem to find her entertaining, with the majority staying in their seats despite her attempts to stimulate the room. It was clear the unimpressed fans did not find her enticing as she announced her next song, which followed with an echoed sigh throughout the audience. Whereas the second support act, 5 seconds of summer wowed the audience with their material as well as a rendition of ‘Teenage Dream’ by Katy Perry. The Australian band proved to be much more popular than the earlier act and managed to get most of the crowd on their feet in preparation for One Direction to storm the stage.
Eventually, the time came. Avid fans got their signs and glow sticks ready as videos on huge screens showed the boys introducing themselves during a pretty exciting party. The well designed set became known to the audience, including ramps, stairs, a platform and obviously the band before the five boys appeared to roars of screams.
Starting with a hit from their previous, debut album the boys introduced themselves with ‘Up All night’ which erupted the arena leaving everybody jumping and screaming. After several upbeat performances from both of their albums they slowed it down with the song ‘Change My Mind’ and stepped onto the platform in the centre of the stage. Amazingly, on the platform they made their way over the audience to the second stage towards the back of the arena while singing their hearts out, causing some dedicated fans to ball their eyes out. The boys are known for their brilliant interaction with their fans and this show was no exception, as they answered questions sent to them from twitter, having the audience in hysterics at them attempting to speak welsh. As the boys headed back to the main stage they continued to please the audience with their lively music, including a cover of the well known ‘Teenage Dirtbag’.
Finally, Zayn, Louis, Liam Harry and Niall said their thankyou’s and goodbye’s and headed off stage leaving a frenzy of fangirls unsure of what to do with themselves.  Outside, the surroundings of the Motorpoint arena consisted of grinning girls wearing as much merchandise as they could and plenty of declarations of love.

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