LOYAL One Direction fans braved chilly temperatures as they waited for hours to catch a glimpse of the top boyband ahead of their sell-out gig in Sheffield.
Ticket holders - and some that hadn’t been so lucky - began gathering at Sheffield City Hall’s stage door early yesterday afternoon, desperate to get autographs and have photos taken with the heart-throbs.
At the back of the venue, a crowd of girls gathered excitedly around the group’s tour bus, creating an atmosphere of feverish anticipation and regularly erupting into deafening screams.
The Star spoke to some of the fans after being treated to a mass rendition of One Direction’s biggest hit, What Makes You Beautiful.
Lucie, aged 13, said she’d been waiting for two hours to see her favourite band, having not managed to get a ticket for the gig.
“They’re so gorgeous,” she said. “It’s not every day that you get to see them.”
Emily, 15, said she got up at 6am last October to buy tickets.
“I had to queue in the cold, but it’s going to be worth it,” she said. “They’re brilliant.”
Down the road at the Mercure Hotel, even more fans were waiting to catch a glimpse of the boyband as they arrived to check-in.
“We’ve seen two of them already and they’re so beautiful,” said 16-year-old Beth Reader, who had waited at the hotel since 8am.
Kathryn Alleandres-Taylor, 17, queued for 23 hours last year to bag her prized £30 front row ticket.
She said: “We’ve been counting down to this and have been here all day hoping to see them!”
Mary Loveridge, 21, was one of many disappointed fans who missed out on tickets when the concert sold out in seven minutes last October. She had to resort to paying £200 for a ticket on eBay.