Jessica Ash, Amy McPherson, Lauren Scott and Robyn Mackenzie missed out on tickets to see One Direction.
Jessica Ash, Amy McPherson, Lauren Scott and Robyn Mackenzie missed out on tickets to see One Direction. Claudia Baxter

Girls face boy band heartache

HUNDREDS of Ipswich One Direction fans will be spending this week combing the Internet for tickets and hoping for a miracle ahead of the hit band's sold-out Brisbane show next Wednesday.

The British-Irish band will perform in Brisbane on a promotional tour, after storming charts around the world.

The five young men who make up One Direction rose to fame and came together through the UK X-Factor in 2010. They have captured hearts around the globe with their upbeat brand of tween-targeted pop, including those of four Ipswich teens.

Unfortunately for Lauren Scott, Jessica Ash, Amy McPherson and Robyn Mackenzie, they are among the thousands of "Directioners" who will likely miss out on seeing their idols this year.

The girls said they tried everything to get tickets when they went on sale on March 2.

"Two of our dads went in to Brisbane to line up for tickets, and we had three of us on two computers each and some of us on phones," 16-year-old Lauren said.

Friend Jessica said they had hoped to beat the odds and secure tickets for about 12 friends.

"We'd planned what we were going to wear and how to get there, so we were confident, but we knew it was going to be tough," she said.

Amy admitted her group of friends were distraught after missing the boat. "We were at school and we got around a table and just cried," she said.

Instead of enjoying the Brisbane show, which sold out in just three minutes, the girls have planned a weekend in Brisbane including a sit-in outside the Brisbane Convention Centre and a One Direction-themed flash mob.

Robyn said she and her friends just wanted to get the boys' attention.

"I like their music, and they're cute, of course," Robyn said.



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