One Direction fans outside the Allphones Arena, where tonight's concert is taking place.
After a sleepless night spent racing between the city’s top hotels in the desperate hope of a sighting, the lost hours finally paid off for a least 100 teenage girls wanting to see their favourite pop stars. Well, almost.
Just after 2.30pm today, deafening screams of excitement echoed outside the InterContinental as One Direction’s musicians piled into a mini van and left the hotel, presumably bound for Allphones Arena for tonight’s concert.
No sign of the band members - Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson- but for most of the die-hard fans who had been waiting outside the hotel, it was better than nothing.
Tayla Carlson, from Sydney’s northern beaches, has been on the One Direction hunt since they arrived at Sydney Airport at 6.30am on Friday. She camped outside the InterContinental until 1.30am on Saturday before heading home for a quick power-nap. Tayla, 16, was back in the city by 4am.
‘‘This will be my first concert ever...I could have gone to other concerts like Rihanna but I wanted One Direction to be my first concert,’’ Tayla said. She will see them twice when they return to Sydney later in the month.
Missing out on tickets for the Brisbane show wasn’t enough to stop Shayla Rowe and Kylah Cragg, 16, seeing their beloved band. The teenagers travelled from Gladstone, in central Queensland with their mums for tonight’s concert.
Central Coast twins Bianca and Jordan Stay convinced their dad to drive them to Sydney today to look for the boys.
‘‘I just want to meet them so bad,’’ Bianca, 14, said. And she was prepared to stick it out for as long as it takes.