FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- The mixed pop beats of the British band One Direction kept a packed crowd at the Patriot Center, in Fairfax, on their feet for 90 minutes.
A craze, that has only been compared to when the Beatles came to America, included die hard fans sitting through an hour and a half of the opening act Malika until the five boys finally took the stage at 9:00 p.m.
The arena was completely packed with girls ages ranging from 8 to adult wearing hand painted t-shirts that read slogans such as, "You guys are: extrodinHARRY, fabuLOUIS.
Ms. Zayn Malik, and Ms. Niall Horan said: " The concert was completely sold out, and people were waiting out front hoping to be able to get in. Every time the curtain moved the whole arena erupted in a cheer, but was quickly silenced when no member of the band appeared.
The lights finally dimmed, and the sound in the arena was deafening. The concert opened with the boys "What Makes You Beautiful" video playing on the background screen, and then they walked out on stage. The boys' appeared at ease on the stage, singing intricate harmonies that blended perfectly together.
Niall, the Irish member of the band, also seemed perfectly relaxed, even when crazed fans threw a plastic baby doll, a beach ball, and a can of silly string on stage. He just took it in stride and even cradled the baby in his arms while he sang. Another member of the band, Harry, even took the silly string and sprayed the fans in the front rows. The screaming in the stadium almost drowned out the vocals coming from the stage.
The boys mixed their pop playlist with some of their more lyrical songs, such as More Than This and I Wish. The two members of the band who got the most screams from the audience were Niall and Zayn.
When either of them sang, the audience erupted in a deafening roar that seemed to reverberate off of the cement walls and right into your brain. Later in the concert, Niall let everyone know that they had "even helped write" their song "Everything About You" which makes you wonder, do they really write music? Or are they maybe just faces singing someone else's work?
Their audience cared little though about who had written what, and appeared happy just to see their favorite members of the band in person.
Everyone coming out of the concert, ears ringing, was still in shock that they had been in the same room as the One Direction boys.
Written by Cate Calogero