SA excited as One Direction announces SA tour

Just days after it was announced that the X Factor had been picked up by SABC 1, One Direction confirmed their much anticipated South African tour due to start next year.

The group – Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayne Malik and Niall Horan – was formed on the British version of the X Factor, and made it to the top three.

Fans of the popular group took to Twitter to share their excitement about the tour stopover in South Africa.

But one concern for the younger fans is the terms and conditions for attending the show. Fans who are younger than 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Justin van Wyk from Big Concerts, (which is organising the event) understands how this can be viewed as a plan to sell more tickets, but denies that is the case.

“This has always been a standard condition for us,” he explains. “No matter which artist it is, young concert-goers need to be accompanied by an adult. We need the legal guardians to help keep the young fans safe.”

At times when young fans become unruly or act inappropriately, security will need the permission of an adult to escort the concert-goer off the premises, Van Wyk explains.

One Direction rose to international success after their three albums Up All Night, Take Me Home and Midnight Memories broke chart records, making them a leading band with massive teenage appeal.

The group will kick off the South African leg of their Where We Are world tour on March 28, 2015 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg and will wrap up their visit on April 1 at the Cape Town Stadium.

Tickets go on sale on Friday at 9am.

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