They skip two days of school for 1D

They skip two days of school for 1D
MANIA: Fans are going gaga over One Direction

A day before UK teen heartthrobs One Direction take to the stage at the National Stadium, at least two fans were already at the venue.

Schoolgirls Tuti Elisha Muhamad and Nur Shafiqah Zulkifli had made the trip yesterday afternoon specially to recce the site before the concert today.

Top of the two 16-year-olds' list: Where exactly to queue in the wee hours of today so that they can get the best spots in the free-standing area in front of the stage, which they had bought tickets to.

Said Tuti Elisha: "I haven't been able to sleep the past few days as I've been busy checking for updates on their whereabouts online.

I'm afraid if I sleep, I might miss any updates and miss the chance to catch them when they arrive. On Sunday, I cried because they were still not here and I had false hopes!"

The boyband - Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik - will perform tonight to about 30,000 screaming fans as part of the Asian leg of their On The Road Again world tour, which kicked off in February in Australia.

Tickets, priced at between $88 and $388 (seated) and $168 for free-standing, are 90 per cent sold.

As no overnight queueing is allowed, eager fans like Tuti Elisha and Nur Shafiqah are planning to arrive early.

The girls had skipped school yesterday and will do it again today, with the knowledge of their parents, in anticipation of the concert of their lives.

Tuti Elisha's mother is so supportive she plans to get up early today to prepare food for her daughter and friends to eat while they wait in the queue for a good spot in the free-standing area.

Madam S. Tuti Rusidan had initial concerns about her daughter queueing too early.

"But I understand that they need to get ready because of the huge crowd. I'm preparing them food so that they don't starve and have enough energy," she said.

Madam S. Tuti, 41, a site administrator for a construction company, had splashed over $1,000 on free-standing tickets for her daughter and her friends.

While some paid her back, she had sponsored the others who she said were close friends of her daughter's that she is very familiar with.

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