There were tears of joy and despair yesterday in Derry among those who had queued for hours for tickets to One Direction’s concert at the Odyssey next year.
Local early birds had gathered outside Cool Discs on Foyle Street and Foyleside Shopping Centre in the early hours of Friday morning- more than 24 hours before the tickets went on sale in Derry yesterday morning at 9am.
Among the first to queue up was a teenager and her family, who were braving the elements in a tent erected outside the store, while others spent the night in their cars.
Still others were wrapped up in hats, scarves and gloves, and had brought deck chairs to save their feet during the long wait, as well as blankets to help fend off the December cold.
Dozens more people joined the queue in Derry throughout Friday and on into the night for the sought after tickets.
One Direction will play two dates at the Odyssey in Belfast on Tuesday December 20th and Wednesday 21st of October 2015.
The tickets went on sale at 9am yesterday and were limited to six per person, standing or seated.
The tickets were priced at £71.50, £54 and £45 and both concerts but are believed to have sold out online and in stores soon afterwards.
Terri Quigley turned up at 6.30am on Friday and was among the first in the queue hoping to get tickets for her daughter Síofra (3).
She was joined in the queue shortly afterwards by Natalie Quinn, was also hoping to make her six-year-old daughter Maisy’s Christmas wish come true by picking up some tickets.
The Ardmore ladies were joined in the queue by teenagers and adults from Galliagh and other estates across the town.
Speaking to the Journal, Terri (22) said: “This is Santa come early for them. All my wee girl is saying is ‘Niall, Niall, going to see Niall’- he is her boyfriend. She is only three but she’ll be four at the concert.”
Natalie (28), who admitted to being a bit of a fan herself, added: “Our girls love One Direction. We went last year to Dublin it was brilliant. The concert was amazing we are just hoping now the Odyssey is as good. Fingers crossed.
“That’s all I’ve been hearing this past week, we’re getting One Direction tickets, will you get me them?”
And proving that tenacity pays off, Terri, who was still heading the queue at 9am yesterday, emerged with one very happy three-year-old and their1D tickets in hand.