One Direction mania hit Ireland last night — and it put all the fuss about Canadian hearthrob Justin Bieber into the ha’penny place.
Fans of the five-piece, which has Irish member Niall Horan in its ranks, camped out outside Dublin’s O2 in the freezing cold on Monday night to make sure they would get upfront positions for last night’s sold-out show.
The band will play Dublin again tonight before heading to Belfast for more shows over the weekend. They will return to the O2 for a couple of more gigs next week.
The band’s handlers led devoted fans a merry dance around the city yesterday, not revealing if the group were staying in the Morrison, the Fitzwilliam, or the Four Seasons hotels.
Undeterred, fans staked out the Fitzwilliam on St Stephen’s Green, where the ‘Live While We’re Young’ hitmakers stayed when they visited Dublin last year.
The band — Horan, 19, Harry Styles, 19, Zayn Malik, 20, Liam Payne, 19, and Louis Tomlinson, 21, — had requested Irish whiskey and beer on their rider for the first gig, but all they wanted before going onstage were a few nice cups of tea so they had their wits about them.
Partying would take place afterwards, with Lillie’s Bordello reportedly holding tables for them in the VIP area.
Their fans, nicknamed ‘Directioners’, roared the dockside venue down from the opening number ‘Up All Night’ to the closing ’What Makes You Beautiful.’ It was nothing short of heaven for the devoted followers of the most popular band of the moment.
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