One Direction in 2014 embarked on their Where We Are world tour with their opening act (and another one of my personal favorites) 5 Seconds of Summer. This is the story of the first time I saw both these band live.March 2014 my friend Radvile and I both got our first jobs and at 4 am I found out tickets to see One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer at Ford Field in Detroit were only about $150 for lower bowl seating. So what did we do? We bought the tickets before we even received our first paychecks thanks to her mom’s credit card.
Also, keep in mind that when One Direction announced they were touring with 5 Seconds of Summer I was in Panera Bread with my high school bowling team and I actually screamed and dropped my phone.
So 5 months later it’s finally the day of the concert. After two long weeks of marching band camp, terrible tan lines, and bad sunburns we jumped in the car after a quick post-rehearsal shower and headed to Detroit.
Now, from Grand Rapids to Detroit usually only takes about 3 hours of bathroom breaks and loading three buses full of high school marching band students. But no, it took us over 5 hours to actually be headed into Ford Field.
The highway that takes you pretty much from Grand Rapids to Detroit was under major construction. Like we were stopped for like half an hour after a slow crawl. And this was after we had to go back to Radvile’s house because she forgot our tickets.
One confusing direction filled phone call to my Dad later we were trying to get out of the traffic by making it to one of those things police officers sit in to catch people speeding to turn around and off the highway. Then we were on this back way all the way through Lansing, pretty much the halfway point between Grand Rapids and Detroit.
Once we get to the exit for Ford Field it took up almost TWO HOURS to get off. We were not even parking at the stadium because we didn’t have the pass to do so but we stupidly sat there and didn’t keep going and get off at the next exit.
Just after 7:00 they finally come on. And the slayed my existence.So we get into Ford Field and go straight for the bathrooms because we’d been in the car for like 4 hours and made it to our seats like 15 minutes before 5 Seconds of Summer is set to go on. And of course, I’m freaking out that we’re going to miss them because I needed to see their whole set.
But here’s the best part of this whole concert. They were playing She Looks So Perfect (their biggest hit at the time) and they do this jump when the perform it live. I was so pumped for this jump that when they did it I pretty much died and fell into my chair so hard from the excitement that I broke it.
Yes, I broke my chair at Ford Field. This screw came out of the chair. And logically I start swearing because I broke the chair and didn’t know what to do and the mom of the 10-year-old in front of me was so done with me. But, yes I kept the screw because that’s all you needed to know from this and the chair is still missing a screw.
Broke a chair at Ford Field. What a night pic.twitter.com/UXjiRH4sRe
— Starr Brown (@starrbrown97) August 17, 2014
Then there’s this hour wait for the crew to change the set and sound check for One Direction. There were music videos playing and everyone was singing and dancing along.
My favorite thing was the played the Macarena (you know the song and the dance trust me) and EVERYONE was doing the dance along with it. Like all 77,000 people were doing the dance and it made me laugh because that’s so many people doing this dance that I learned in 5th grade PE.
Finally the dumb safety video plays and the intro video starts and of course I’m losing my shit. Like it wouldn’t be a One Direction show if I didn’t think I was going to have a heart attack.
I honestly probably blacked out at some point because I remember the concert happening but I don’t remember exactly what happened anymore and that makes me upset. But I uploaded a video talking about the concert and the experience a week or so after it happened so you should watch that!