One Direction play here on March 11

One Direction play here on March 11
British Group One Direction perform in concert in Santiago, on April 30, 2014.

One Direction fan Felicia Ng is so excited about her idols finally coming to Singapore for their maiden show here that she is planning to cut classes so that she can be among the first to buy the tickets which go on sale from June 11.

The British-Irish quintet are set to play their highly anticipated first gig in Singapore at the new National Stadium on March 11 next year.

Miss Ng, 19, a Polytechnic student, says that she plans to borrow $388 from her mother for the top-tier tickets, which she will buy online.

She adds: "I have to be as close to the stage as possible, so it's important that I am one of the first to get the tickets. I've been waiting so long for them to come to Singapore."

One of the biggest pop groups in the world right now, the quintet - comprising Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan - have chalked an ardent global fan following and an impressive 61 No. 1 hit songs in the last three years.

Assembled by music mogul Simon Cowell, the group first shot to fame when they came in third in the 2010 season of British reality television singing competition The X Factor in 2010.

They have since picked up multiple music awards, including at the Billboard Music Awards, Brit Awards and MTV Awards, to go with the sale of 36 million copies of albums, singles and DVDs.

They might have taken a while to perform to fans here, unlike other boybands such as The Wanted, who have come here several times, but for One Direction fan Nadhiah Haja Maiden, it is a case of "better late than never".

Says the 18-year-old polytechnic student: "I've been collecting their music, books, DVDs and other merchandise in the last three years. It's never too late for them to come here. "I know it's happening only in March next year but I'm so excited."

Tickets ranging from $88 to $388 will go on sale from June 11 through Sports Hub Tix (go to or call 6333-5000), at the Indoor Stadium Sports Hub box office and at all SingPost outlets.

This article was published on May 20 in The Straits Times.

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