One Direction Manchester gaffe doesn’t worry fans

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On a tour taking in 70 shows in 20 countries, it is easy to understand how One Direction can end up losing track a little occassionally.

So no-one seemed to mind when band member Zayn Malik greeted the Murrayfield crowd by shouting “Hello Manchester”.

The crowd at One Direction's Murrayfield gig. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

The crowd at One Direction's Murrayfield gig. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

The record crowd of around 65,000 – the biggest ever for a single show in Scotland – would probably have forgiven their heroes anything.

Heart-throb Harry Styles may have been limited to dancing and croaking along to the choruses thanks to a sore throat, but the crowd were happy to sing along and lap up band mate Liam’s thanks for being their “fifth member as we are a man down”.

Die-hard Directioners who had waited for hours in torrential rain to be some of the first into Murrayfield Stadium were rewarded with glorious sunshine for the concert itself.

The packed home of Scottish rugby was a sea of revellers in bright T-shirts, painted-on tattoos and glittery make-up, and many brandished home-made banners, some of which left little to the imagination.

One Direction. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

One Direction. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Several excitable teenagers were so overwhelmed that they fainted – with a few fans being taken away in wheelchairs. There were crowd surges at the front, with fans desperate to get as close to their idols as possible. Directioners gushed afterwards that the gig was “brilliant”.

Loud and excited screams could be heard coming from the stadium even before Australian support act Five Seconds of Summer got the party started.

And fans were delighted that One Direction – who performed for around two hours – played all their biggest hits, including What Makes You Beautiful, Live While We’re Young and Best Song Ever, as well as stomping and chanting along to The Proclaimers’ 500 Miles at one point.

Fireworks lit up the sky throughout the energetic set, much to the delight of the crowd. The performance concluded just after 10.15pm, but many families with younger children left shortly beforehand to beat the traffic and to get their tired children to bed.

Leila Noble and her eight-year-old daughter Izzie had travelled to the gig from Elgin. Ms Noble said: “It was brilliant. We have seen them before, and we got really good seats. We came out a bit early to try to beat the rush.”

The most dedicated fans had camped at Murrayfield overnight to try to secure the best view of their favourite band.

Susan Berry, 38, of St Leonards, pitched up her tent with her best friend’s daughter, Rebecca Moffat, 15, at around 12.30am yesterday. The pair were prepared with sleeping bags and plenty of food when they settled down with around a dozen others but admitted they got little sleep.

Ms Berry, who has been coming to concerts for more than 20 years, said the night had been “challenging” as organisers kept moving them and after 6am they had abandoned their tent altogether in favour of their sleeping bags which they used to keep themselves warm while waiting in the queue.

“Camping was a bit challenging because we weren’t allowed to camp in the queue behind a wall and I went to the toilet at 4am and they moved us and then again at 6am,” said Ms Berry.

“There was a bunch of 20-year-olds laughing and giggling and you’re lying there thinking ‘we have got a really busy day tomorrow’ but they have got ten times the energy of me.

“It was cold and they had the St John’s Ambulance here giving them the tinfoil blankets because they really weren’t prepared.”

One disappointed group said they felt let down by the gig. Emma Hardie’s daughter Jessica, seven, and her friend Victoria Buchan’s daughter Chloe, also seven, were both reduced to tears because people in the seated row in front stood up for most of the performance, restricting their view.

Ms Buchan, of Falkirk, said: “It’s disappointing. It could have been so much better with it being so highly publicised. Harry looked bored. He wasn’t singing, he just asked people to join in.”

The global stars – who catapulted to fame after coming third in X Factor in 2010 – reportedly flew into the Capital in two private jets just hours before their concert despite intense speculation on social media about possible “sightings” at luxurious hotels including the Balmoral.

And Edinburgh’s newly-launched trams were packed with excitable fans of all ages eager to see their heart-throbs at Murrayfield.

Extra staff were on hand at the Murrayfield stop to encourage passengers to buy tickets and to help control the crowds on the way out of the gig.

There was a high police presence around the site to keep an eye on the bustling crowds – officers were patrolling on foot, and there were also police horses and a helicopter monitoring proceedings from above.

But officers said the event went without major incident.

Among the fans was Effy Benincasa, 20, who had travelled from Italy to make sure she could see her favourite band. “I have never travelled this far for a concert but my favourite band member is Niall,” she said.

A group of ten – made up of mums and daughters – had come to Edinburgh from Stirling for the gig.

Cheryl Muir, 34, said age was of no object when it came to being a fan of One Direction. She said: “I love them, I think they are great.”