One Direction tickets are the most searched for this summer, according to the latest figures.
Although the fun-loving five won’t be going on their ‘Where We Are’ tour until May next year, tickets for the 2014 shows are still very much in demand.
1D ticket searches for them on online marketplace StubHub are double those for second most popular Bruno Mars and ten times more than searches for JLS.
While teenage girls make up a large part of their fanbase, they aren’t the only ones wanting to see the boys perform. New research suggests that 36% of over-45s claim to like the group.
“Fans’ love for One Direction doesn’t seem to be slowing down – in fact, we’re seeing even more demand for tickets to the boys’ shows than this time last year,” said a StubHub spokesperson.
“Uber-fans like those in the army of ‘Directioners’ want to take every opportunity to indulge their passions and we see a lot of these doing their utmost to see the band whenever they can.”
The statistics coincided with the airing of a Channel 4 documentary Crazy About One Direction which followed some of Harry, Liam, Niall, Zayn and Louis’ most devoted fans.
The programme followed superfans, who call themselves Directioners, on their quests to meet the musicians.
Last week, the band unveiled the latest item to join their ever-growing collection of memorabilia. A series of new and improved plastic 1D dolls were given to the quintet before their gig in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The fivesome proudly showed off the dolls, which are an updated version of a series of figurines that were released last year.
Since hitting the shelves in May 2012 the dolls quickly sold out in the US prompting toy manufacturer Hasbro to release new editions of the plastic lookalikes to the American market.
The boyband are currently on their second tour, ‘Take Me Home’, which finishes in October. It was launched as a UK and Ireland tour but was extended to North America and Australasia following their breakthrough international success.
The original dates sold at 1,000 tickets per minute and two or three extra dates were added at each city. Tickets for the Perth shows in Australia sold out in six minutes.
Andy Greene, associate editor of the Rolling Stone magazine, said, “One Direction could eclipse the big tour ¬megabucks earned by rock giants U2 and The Rolling Stones.”
“I’ve never known a band announce a second summer tour before a first summer tour is over.”