Apple Music Festival (Gig Review)

 For someone who has never won anything (other than a drawing competition about a decade ago), winning Apple Music Festival tickets was a pretty big, very large, massive, whopping deal. Taking place at the Roundhouse in Camden, London, it was the smallest venue that One Direction had played at since their first tour, starting way back in 2011. Since then, it's fair to say that their fame has rocketed through the roof and the opportunity to see them play to much an intimate audience was one not to be missed!

We arrived at the venue at around 2pm, four hours before the doors were due to be opened. Having been to many One Direction concerts over the years, both Amelia and I were expecting there to be a massive queue. However, somehow, we ended up around 50th in line (we couldn't quite believe our luck!) and got ourselves comfy on the cold, damp pavement. We have often joked about how all we seem to do together is sit on pavements waiting for boybands and we found ourselves, once again, doing just that. The first three hours seemed to fly by, we got chatting to the girls around us in the queue and were all getting excited together. To add to the excitement, whilst we were queuing One Direction decided to drop a new track, Infinity, from their upcoming album Made in the A.M. and, within about two minutes of its release, the entire queue were singing along!

Being between second and third row was incredible and we were overwhelmed at how close the barrier was to the stage. By this point I was feeling sick with excitement and Amelia and I were sat there, slightly stunned at how close we were.

Photo cred: Amelia Wright @skinnyjeansH
Little Mix had an incredible set, performing hits such as Wings, Move and Black Magic. They also sung a new song, The End, as well as giving the audience a preview of another song, Grown, off their upcoming album Get Weird. With impressive choreography, despite Jesy having her knee strapped up, and amazing vocals, Little Mix certainly put on a great show and proved exactly why, in the past few months, they've managed to break America too. Despite Perrie being ill, she still managed to pull off an outstanding performance, particularly at the end of Little Me.

Photo cred: Amelia Wright @skinnyjeansH

One Direction never disappoint and last night was no exception. Performing songs both new, Drag Me Down, and old, What Makes You Beautiful, it made their transition between bubble-gum pop and mature boyband clear. It was their first UK performance following their announcement of a split in March 2016 and the crowd certainly made the most of it. Liam was touched by a sign reading Thank You For Staying and took it backstage with him, much to the owner's delight. Louis thanked audiences once again for Project No Control, . Harry was preoccupied for the majority of the night, singling out his sister in the crowd, keeping an eye on her date in true, concerned yet comical, Harry Styles form. Zayn's departure from the band was only mentioned briefly once as Niall exited the stage and Harry joked "we have dropped another one. We are dropping like flies". Despite Niall being ill, they nailed all of their performances especially songs such as Where Do Broken Hearts Go, Ready To Run and Girl Almighty. Although I have seen One Direction many times, I always seem to forget how good they actually are, each concert only getting better and better, vocals getting stronger and stronger and dancing, well, remaining non-existent.

Overall it was an incredible evening and experience and I will forever remain grateful that I won those tickets!


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