One Direction keeps Charlotte crowd happy

Reviewed by Delaney Rhodes
Times-News correspondent

   CHARLOTTE — Thousands of fans filled the PNC Music Pavilion last Saturday night to experience the pop sensation that is One Direction.
The show was opened by the Australian group 5 Seconds Of Summer, who was able to get the crowd jumping and singing along to songs from its debut album. Songs such as “Amnesia” and “Heartbreak Girl” were belted out by fans along with the band members. The anticipation for One Direction’s appearance grew stronger as 5 Seconds of Summer ended its set with the hit “She Looks so Perfect.”
   The stage then darkened and was lit only by the opening reel of One Direction traveling the world. The band members — Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Niall Horan — then emerged from the side of the stage, elating the amphitheater’s atmosphere. The band opened the show with its hit “Midnight Memories” and had the entire pavilion on its feet and dancing along.
One Direction expressed its gratitude for fans’ support many times throughout the show, insisting that its fan base is the reason for the band’s escalating success. Styles serenaded a birthday girl and even jumped off the stage to give her a hug and to say congratulations. The crowd also heard a surprise performance of the song “Heart Attack,” which had not been performed in previous shows on this North American leg of the tour.
The boys constantly kept the excitement throughout the pavilion buzzing and were able to excite the crowd with their never-fading energy. The band played songs that awarded them the top spot on radio charts, such as “What Makes Yyou Beautiful” and “Story of My Life.” The explosive evening included amazing bursts of streamers and confetti and laser lights that reflected off the trees surrounding the venue.
The band members returned for encore numbers, prompted by several minutes of continual applause. A heartfelt version of the ballad “You and I” resulted in the pavilion being lit with a wave of lights from cell phones. To close the show, One Direction provided fans with a phenomenal performance of “Best Song Ever.”

 Delaney Rhodes is a junior at Williams High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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