One Direction’s sell out Brisbane concert at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre was huge. 1D Fans were hunting down scalpers, asking for free tickets and trying to get in to the concert, some very emotional scenes. The photograph of the crowd shot at the beginning of slideshow is of just the merchandising counters prior to the concert. It was very much a promotional concert, there were no fancy stage sets, just a big screen with clips and One Direction out front; the girls didn’t even notice or care, 1D were there singing and that is what they came to see. The screaming cheers were incredible, the audience sounded twice the size as it actually was.
The support acts were The Justice Crew and Johnny Ruffo. The Justice Crew were great, pulling off some great dance moves, really warming up the crowd. Johnny Ruffo only sung one original song and the rest were covers, and what is with the Stars and Stripes jacket? Isn’t he Australian? We did ask a few punters about that, there were some comments that we won’t repeat here. He was even called “Just Filler” by one concert goer. For the Ruffo fans, he did sing well and put on a good show and the fans who could get tickets loved it and screamed accordingly.
We found a group of One Direction fans sitting outside the venue; we saw six that were huddled around a mobile phone on speaker, one of their friends had got a ticket inside and was broadcasting the concert for them. Isn’t it great to have good friends…
The One Direction camp have said they didn’t expect Australia to be so huge or they would have used a bigger venue, the Boondal Entertainment Centre. They said to fans not to worry, One Direction will be back to Australia on a world tour next year with more shows, bigger venues and of course more tickets for the fans.
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