Perth became City of Screams for One Direction at the first of their two shows at Perth Arena.
The crowd of 13,000 predominantly female “Directioners” needed little encouragement to raise the roof and be louder than Adelaide, first stop on the Australian leg of 1D’s Take Me Home tour.
With party scenes playing on big screens the superstar boy band formed on the British version of The X Factor in 2010 launched into the upbeat Up All Night, setting the tone for two hours of infectious pop music.
Louis Tomlinson thanked fans for buying tickets and apologised that he was losing his voice, later needing a cup of tea.
There was a lot of love for Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik but Harry Styles and Irish singer-guitarist Niall Horan won bonus points for their attempts at Aussie accents, while Horan’s fans waved signs declaring “Irish I Was Irish” and “Kiss Me Niall.”
Dazzling panels behind the band changed from urban streetscapes (one acknowledging they were in Perth) to video games to band posters as they powered through hits from their albums Up All Night and Take Me Home, each member thanking fans for being the best in the world.
It may have sounded like well-rehearsed patter to adults but the multi-millionaire lads — aged just 19 to 21 — wouldn’t have been named Billboard’s most powerful pop stars under 21 last week without their fans.
Change My Mind signalled a change of pace as 1D moved over the Arena crowd on a floating stage, although the sound mix suffered when they weren’t front and centre.
1D pumped it up a notch for their medley of One Way or Another/Teenage Kicks and another favourite cover, Wheatus’ Teenage Dirtbag.
The Twitter interaction segment where fans posed questions such as “what do you wash first thing in the shower” started to sound like a rambling talk-show segment but was delightfully G-rated.
In fact about the only time the show got suggestive was when Tomlinson thrust his hips during Live While We’re Young.
The slower bracket with Horan on guitar for Summer Love, Over Again and Little Things showcased each member’s ability to sing solo or in harmony.
Coloured lasers came out for the home stretch of Rock Me, She’s Not Afraid and Kiss You but the show wasn’t over until the balloon and streamer-laden encore of Best Song Ever and What Makes You Beautiful.
1D promised the party of the year and for the elated crowd it certainly was.
Two of the band members took some time out while in Perth to enjoy the weather and take in the sights.
Harry Styles and Niall Horan played 18 holes at Lake Karrinyup Country Club with friends and security staff.Styles said after they came off the course that although he played badly he still won the game.