Playing the renown O2 Arena in London at least once in your career is what a lot of artists dream of, breaking the record for most gigs played at the venue are One Direction.
The band raised the bar during their sixth concert on Wednesday 30th September 2015, making it a total of 23 shows played at the O2 Arena (only equalled by Take That ) during their – so far – 5 year long successful career.
The One Direction concert on Wednesday night was the last London show of the ‘On The Road Again’ tour, their last tour before the band goes on hiatus in March 2016.
Trying to make the most of the night were thousands of fans that had gathered at the Greenwich Peninsula, eagerly waiting for their favourite boy band to take to stage. Needless to say that the demand for those precious tickets was rocketing and the 20,000 lucky fans were more than grateful to be there, ready to make this a night to remember.
Upon entering the music venue it was quite interesting to survey the crowds that had managed to get one of the hot tickets. It couldn’t have been more diverse. The majority of the concert goers was made up by legions of screaming teenage girls, followed by a big part of mixed groups of twenty-somethings. The usual crowd for a boy band it seems, but how about the groups of lads that – no way – had a little kid to chaperone. Or the couple, somewhere in their thirties, sitting in the upper tier just enjoying their date night?
Things have changed round here, the boy group that shot fame in 2010 through not winning the UK Xfactor had grown up, and so had the people that listen to their music. Plus they have gained a lot more fans all across all age groups by growing up musically too.
Thus, despite – or perhaps precisely because of the diverse crowd the atmosphere was incredible.
At around 9pm the lights went off in the music dome and after a short intro Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan took to stage bringing the arena to a meltdown.
Kicking the concert off with ‘Clouds’ the noise level rose to a point that was probably no longer healthy but nobody seemed to care. Band and fans were both happy to be in the same place at the same time. Marking the occasion of the last London show Harry told the crowd that ‘It’s our last show at the O2 for a little while and it’s nice to have such a loud crowd’. The immediate answer was even more cheering.
The energetic set went on with some well-loved songs of the bands fourth album ‘Four’ featuring the likes of ‘Fireproof’ , ‘Midnight Memories’ and the fan favourite ‘Stockholm Syndrome’.
Despite being a four-piece since Zayn had left the band, the songs and the boys voices were absolutely on point, sounding as good as ever.
Making it a once in a lifetime experience for a lot of the fans, One Direction put on a great show, engaging with their fans as much as they could with Liam reading out some of the beautifully crafted signs and posters that fans had made.
Harry Styles gave one young concert goer a very special treat by addressing her personally and especially dedicating ‘Ready To Run’ to the 8-year old Matilda.
Apart from the cheery pop songs One Direction also have a couple of ballads up their sleeve. Performing ‘Little Things’ in a seated set up on the catwalk, Niall Horan got the most cheers for his solo, having the crowd singing along from the first word.
Setting the crowd on fire – again – was Louis Tomlinson as he casually thanked the fans for their support of the song ‘No Control’ and their special projects for ‘No Control Day’. Having said that, the band launched straight into said song and the crowd went crazy. The screaming probably couldn’t get any louder as the boys sung the lines of the fan favourite, having the crowd eagerly join in.
Here is a pro tip, if you can’t handle the screaming any more, just join it! It makes the whole noise level so much more bearable, plus you don’t look like a weirdo, being the only one that’s not screaming in a crowd of overly excited fans. Besides, having a little ‘scream-off’ every now and then is actually good for you, letting go off all the stress. And where better to do at a gig? Science baby!
One Direction entertained their devoted fan base with a lot of on stage banter and the hits everyone came to hear in the first place. Finishing their set on a high with ‘Steal My Girl’ the band went off stage for short time.
Returning for an epic encore, the fans braced themselves, making use of the last energy reserves ready to give it their all one last time.
Kicking off things with the folk inspired feel-good tune ‘Act My Age’ followed by the renown hit single that made One Direction famous, it was time for the one and only ‘What Makes You Beautiful’. This obviously went down a treat with the audience. Being word-perfect every single person in the room sang along to the famous chorus.
Making sure to thank their fans one last time before the final song of the night, One Direction launched into their recent single ‘Drag Me Down’. The O2 arena sang one last time in unison making sure to bid farewell to the band in style.
What was left was a cheering arena that wouldn’t stop saying goodbye and waving.
All in all, it was an impressive concert full of surprises, old and new songs and surely one to remember for the fans that had travelled from far and near.
Thank you Harry, Louis, Liam and Niall for a great Wednesday night in London, this surely wasn’t the last of One Direction.
In retrospective I think everyone should go and see a boy band perform at least once, just to feel the energy that radiates from the crowd and the spirit of being a part of the whole scenario. No matter if you are a massive fan or secretly just like ‘that one song’.
It’s an experience that no one should miss.