Tickets go in One Direction: sold out!

2014-05-25 15:00

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Eat your heart out, Justin Bieber: golden circle tickets for One Direction’s Cape Town concerts sold out in just nine minutes on Friday.

Although the five young men who comprise the world’s most popular boy band are likely to enjoy a good party while in South Africa, they seem to be homebodies at heart who miss the comforts of home – the UK – while on tour.

During a recent US tour, The Sun reports, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik,

Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson listed Yorkshire Tea and Irish sausages as part of their backstage requirements.

Attie van Wyk of Big Concerts, which is bringing the British heart- throbs to Cape Town and Joburg next March and April, said this was the fastest they’ve ever sold out.

“It was incredible – I mean, I couldn’t keep track. It was even faster than ­Justin Bieber,” said Van Wyk.

The most tickets so far sold for a South African concert series was 220?000, when Michael Jackson brought his HIStory World Tour to our shores in 1997.

Industry insiders are unlikely to be surprised by the speed at which One Direction’s tickets flew into fans’ hands: last year, Business Insider ­reported that by the end of this year, they’re likely to be the first boy band to be worth $1?billion (R10.3?billion).

The average capacity for the Where We Are tour will be about 60?000 ­people a show. “Assuming a $75 average sale price, the 2014 tour should gross $270?million,” Business Insider reported.

Sixty thousand tickets were made available for each show in Joburg on March 28 and 29, and 50?000 were made available for the show in Cape Town on April 1.

One Direction fans may be mostly young, but they are no less fierce than the “Beliebers” who flocked to see Bieber last May.

The “Directioners”, as the five’s adoring fans have nicknamed themselves, flocked to Computicket outlets across the country from late on Thursday night, snuggling up in sleeping bags or yawning their way to the front of the queue in their pyjamas.

Aletta Lintvelt joined a queue at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town at 7am on Friday to buy tickets for her 13-year-old daughter.

“Just the first four people in the line got golden circle,” she said.

“People who had been queuing since 5am were bleak! It was like the stock exchange, people waving around cash and ­speaking on ­cellphones to friends in other queues. Every time a level sold out, you could just feel tension mounting – too ­funny!”

There are strict rules in place for young Directioners who have managed to bag tickets to see their idols perform – those concertgoers who are younger than 14 must be chaperoned by adults and no one younger than 13 or shorter than 1.2m will be allowed in the standing section on the field at Cape Town Stadium and at Joburg’s FNB Stadium.

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