One Direction Concert in Dubai Stopped After Barrier Drama
After waiting for just over a year to see their favourite boy band, minus Zayn, One Direction fans in the Middle East went a little crazy at the sight of the lads.
The One Direction concert, which was staged at the Sevens Stadium on Saturday evening, had to be temporarily stopped after a barrier was deemed not safe enough under the sheer weight of fans clambering forward to get close to their idols, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne.
One shocked onlooker told Ahlan!: “We could see something was up because all of the boys kept looking backstage as if they wanted help. Only Harry carried on singing, but he was clearly thrown by something as if he’d been told in his earpiece to leave the stage or something. Then after they finished the song they all went off and some guy announced that a barrier had broken and fans were getting squashed.” The Directioner added: “We had to wait about 30 minutes for them to fix, but by then the atmosphere had changed it wasn’t the same.”
Done Events, the company behind the concert, have said that the barrier did not collapse and the issue was resolved before anything dangerous or unsafe could have happened. They issued the following statement: “The safety of their fans is of the utmost importance to One Direction so when a breach in a barrier was discovered during the show the decision was made to stop the show temporarily to avoid any injuries. The issue was rectified with no injuries reported, after which the show was resumed.”
Thomas Ovesen, COO of Done Events said: “We admire and share the concern of the band members for their fans and their safety, which we share. Rather safe than sorry!”