LIVE REVIEW: One Direction – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
I think it’s safe to say that One Direction are officially taking over the world one city at a time and there is no slowing them down anytime soon. Thousands of teenage girls packed the Brisbane Entertainment Centre holding their ‘I Love One Direction’ posters while wearing their ‘Future Mrs Harry Styles’ t-shirt and screaming like there’s no tomorrow. Opening with ‘Up All Night’ the stage was set for a cheeky and fun night with five British boys Australian girls have fallen in love with. Harry, Liam, Niall, Zayn and Louis aren’t your average boy band members, they don’t dance and don’t have any intention to either. With minimal choreography allowing them to roam around the stage, interact with the crowd and do daggy dance moves you would only ever imagine your parents doing.
The set list was mainly compiled of songs from the boy’s recent album ‘Take Me Home’ with a few favourites from ‘Up All Night’ thrown into the mix. A cover of Blondies ‘One Way Or Another’ and Wheatus’ ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ were surprisingly welcomed into the set with mostly every girl screaming the lyrics. Highlights of the show included ‘One Thing’, ‘Rock Me’, ‘Little Things’, ‘Kiss You’ and surprisingly ‘Summer Love’ which actually was my least favourite on the album. Their onstage charisma is incredible and they all take a lot of time to interact with the crowd, pointing out and discussing posters as well as answering twitter questions. One thing that was irritating is the constant “thank you’s”, “you’re the best fans in the world” and “this is the loudest crowd yet on this tour”. I attended two of the Brisbane shows and it just came across very insincere and annoying.
Their stage was very impressive as well with massive LCD screens and lifts allowing the boys to pop up from under the stage at any given moment. The production was a lot bigger compared to the ‘Up All Night Tour’ and saw a lot more thought go into how they would visualise these songs live. One of the main highlights of the show is when the boys fly over the crowd to a B-Stage where they perform a few songs to get closer to the fans at the back of the arena. This allows everyone to get up close and personal with One Direction and makes these massive arena shows that tiny bit more intimate and special.
The connection between the boys on stage was a bit worrying with Harry constantly left standing by himself and frequently left out on the onstage banter between the members. This makes the rumours of their possible looming break up more believable. However their vocals were on point and praise has to be given to Zayn who effortlessly hits incredible high notes and manages to send Goosebumps down your arm.
It was loud in that arena, like I’ve never witnessed it before to the point where in some songs you couldn’t hear the boys singing vocals or hear them talking to the crowd but it was one night I won’t forget. From cheesy pop songs to daggy dance moves there’s no way you couldn’t have a good time. Oh and the fact that Harry Styles stared at me.