One Direction superfans shell out over £10,000 for Sheffield gig tickets

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One Direction superfans have forked out more than £10,000 for tickets to the band’s sell-out final concert at Sheffield Arena.

Online ticket retailers have single tickets on sale for anywhere between £600 and £11,000 as desperate fans scramble to see their beloved band perform for what could be the very last time.

The boys’ final tour ahead of a planned ‘hiatus’ concludes in the city next week with three sell-out shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Among the screaming 1D fans – known as Directioners – will be 15-year-old Savannah Forbes, who is travelling to Sheffield all the way from Wiltshire with her mum, Sharon, 60, to watch all three of the final shows. Sharon, who simultaneously monitored two tablets, two smartphones and a desktop computer to get her hands on the ‘gold dust’ tickets, said she is spending £750 on the trip to Sheffield. She said: “We’re so lucky. We didn’t realise the band was going to go on a break at the time.

Online ticket retailers have single tickets on sale for anywhere between £600 and £11,000 as desperate fans scramble to see their beloved band perform for what could be the very last time.

The boys’ final tour ahead of a planned ‘hiatus’ concludes in the city next week with three sell-out shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Among the screaming 1D fans – known as Directioners – will be 15-year-old Savannah Forbes, who is travelling to Sheffield all the way from Wiltshire with her mum, Sharon, 60, to watch all three of the final shows. Sharon, who simultaneously monitored two tablets, two smartphones and a desktop computer to get her hands on the ‘gold dust’ tickets, said she is spending £750 on the trip to Sheffield. She said: “We’re so lucky. We didn’t realise the band was going to go on a break at the time.

“So we’re really fortunate to be going to all three concerts.

“For me, it’s just watching Savannah’s reaction.

“I know she adores them so much and I just want to do whatever I can to make her happy.”

The pair have already seen One Direction in concert about 10 times.

But this time, Sharon has had a professional banner made asking band member Harry Styles to be Savannah’s date for her school prom, saying he is ‘the perfect choice’ for her daughter.

On eBay, three tickets including a meet and greet with the band have sold for £17,600 – with all proceeds going to children’s encephalitis charity the Eden Dora Trust, of which Doncaster’s Louis Tomlinson is a patron.

On online ticket retailer site Ticketbis, the tickets, which originally sold for between £43.45 and £71.50, are on sale for almost £600.

Thomas Mesa, country manager UK for Ticketbis, said the prices of One Direction tickets have surged since 2012.

He said: “Tickets for the One Direction tour are like gold dust – selling out almost instantly.

“The fact that it may be the last time fans will be able to see the boys perform is likely the catalyst of such high prices.

“At Ticketbis we have seen a 55.54 per cent increase in the average price of a One Direction concert ticket since 2012.

“We wouldn’t be surprised if prices increased further, the closer we come to the lastshow.”

Thomas said their data showed UK Directioners had travelled to more than 10 different countries to see Doncaster’s Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne in concert over the last three years.

Simon Bailey, from Sheffield Arena, said the concert is set to be a huge show for the city venue.

He said: “One Direction always put on a great show.

“In fact when they last played here in 2013, their fans came to have a real party at each of their three sell-out performances and we are expecting more of the same next week.

“The three sell-out 1D shows are amongst a growing list of shows that have sold out the Sheffield Arena in 2015, bringing fans to Sheffield from not only Yorkshire but from the UK and overseas as well.”

One Direction have announced that they will temporarily go ‘on hiatus’ in March 2016 in order to pursue solo music careers for at least a year.

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