Tonight, One Direction’s last tour for at least a year came to a triumphant end in the UK.
80 shows across 9 months garnered over $188 million dollars in ticket sales and left fans worldwide begging the band to return after Niall, Louis, Liam and Harry will take their first ever break from touring next year. To celebrate their amazing achievement, and to toast to their bright future, lets highlight some of the incredible moments that happened during this tour. Counting down from 5…
5. Rainbow Direction
Fandoms dedicated to male artists/boy bands are often assumed to be mindless screaming masses with no personal investment in the band beyond an impossible fantasy that the artist will one day sweep them off their feet. One Direction’s fandom in particular has suffered greatly at the hands of a sexist media and public, who seek to kick them down at any opportunity. Unfortunately, the same thing happens to most acts who find themselves with a primarily female fanbase. Anyway, one of the most profound aspects of the One Direction fandom is a movement called Rainbow Direction. A group founded by LGBTQIA fans who sought to create a safe space for other LGBTQIA fans during every single One Direction concert. From their official Tumblr:
“We want all fans to feel safe, welcome, and supported. The One Direction fandom can often be unwelcoming to LGBTQIA+ fans. At TakeMeHomeFromNarnia we want to change that. We want to speak out to show support, and stand up proudly to make ourselves known. Because we aren’t just one in a million! We want to show who we are and how much support there is for the LGBTQIA+ members of our community, all around the globe.“
During the OTRA tour, participation reached record levels:
“We had Brussels with 307 participants and Boston (USA) with 267 participants. The Boston [total] went up from 102 to 267 in 48 hours. Biggest arena show was London with 126 participants.”
And then over the following months, he too began to display his own rainbow support:
The actions of Rainbow Direction go a long way to dispel outdated stereotypes about girls, women, men, fans and even boybands, and they deserve credit for helping redefine what it is to be a pop music fan in 2015.
I was sifting through old grainy webcam photos and happened to find one of my forgotten folders where I would take in progress shots of my work. I almost forgot I had these! These were taken over 2 years ago now, but this was what “Exhale” looked like when it was still a work in progress.
‘’How much would you pay to be forgotten by everyone who ever knew
you?’’ I got asked by my physician. I’ve answered, nothing; Because
I’ve been already forgotten by people once I knew, by people who meant
everything to me. That’s what I got used to. To be forgotten, to forget.
‘‘Would you like to forget somebody?’‘ I never did, I never will…