It happened: One Direction came to Singapore and I was there

Last week I saw One Direction. It really happened. We were in the same room, breathing the same air, sweating profusely together. I knew I wasn’t ready for it, but as soon as they came out it hit me in the gut.

You may think One Direction’s fan base is comprised solely of tween and teen girls and that their voices wouldn’t be as great live as they sound on the album. But they sounded even better live and there were plenty of guys in the room.

They sounded amazing. Harry’s voice was rough like a rocker, Liam’s voice was smooth, Zayn hit every high note there was, Niall proved that he was a front man and showcased his improved voice, and Louis’ voice was so much stronger live.

I’m not the only one who had a great time.

Hannah Terrille, a freshman, arrived at the arena at 6 a.m. to be in the front row. She said that “it was her first time seeing the Boys and that they were so interactive with the crowd,” adding that her highlight was “throwing my phone on the stage and Harry getting mad at me but then blowing me a kiss.”

Harry Styles interacting with the crowd. Photos contributed by sophomore Nikki Arbis
Harry Styles interacting with the crowd. Photo contributed by sophomore Nikki Arbis.

Sophomore Kenji Bulaon said, “It was really exciting and amazing to see them live; it felt surreal. My highlight was when they first came out – I couldn’t believe it was happening.”

Their opening number was “Clouds,” a perfect song to start the night. It’s a song with a rock vibe but still stays true to One Direction’s pop music style. Their stage presence was impeccable, not choreographed but just present.

Another highlight was their song “Don’t Forget Where You Belong.” Before they sang, Niall explained that he wrote this song because of the fans. He said the fans got them where they are today, but that they know no matter where they are, who they’re with and what they’ve done, they still have a place to call home. The song is one you just want to get up and sing to, yet still has a sentimental feeling to it. I got goosebumps, and one of my friends even cried as they performed it.

The next moment I loved was when they sang “Better Than Words,” my favorite song off their third album “Midnight Memories.” They were just having fun and being themselves and dancing. They made the audience feel comfortable and put us in a great mood.

Another favorite was “Little Things,” a single off their second album. The lyrics describe a girl who feels insecure, but no matter her flaws, he loves her and the flaws are what make her beautiful. The boys sat on the steps with Niall on the guitar and just sang. Harry’s voice was so raw and gentle that it felt like he was serenading me.

The boys peforming "Little Things". Photo contributed by Nikki Arbis
The boys performing “Little Things.” Photo contributed by sophomore Nikki Arbis.

Next, they performed  “Night Change,s” a single off their fourth album “Four.” This is when I started crying. The song was one of my favorites off the album and just hearing it live with my best friends by my side was so surreal.

Did I mention that they’re better live and even more handsome in person?

My all-time favorite moment of the night was when they performed “You and I.” They left for about two minutes and came out for an encore. It was amazing because it finally hit me that I was really there. The song is also lyrically powerful and it really showed the range of the Boys. Zayn’s high note was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard.

The boys performing "You and I". Photo contributed by sophomore Nikki Arbis
The boys performing “You and I.” Photo contributed by sophomore Nikki Arbis.

They ended the concert with their hit song “Best Song Ever,” the perfect way to end the best night ever.

Author: Rosie Hogan

Rosie Hogan is a senior and one of the co editors of The Eye. Rosie has lived in Singapore for the majority of her life but goes back home to the states for her summers. When she’s not busy writing you can find her eating grilled cheese sandwiches, jamming out to Taylor Swift and watching Criminal Minds. She can be contacted at hogan33482@sas.edu.sg.

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