One Direct-swoon: Scenes of hysteria and fainting fans as teenage girls mob Sydney TV station for glimpse of UK boy band
22:20 GMT, 11 April 2012
It must have made for quite a sight for any adjacent office workers or an unsuspecting member of the public who happened to be walking by.
Because today, a plaza in the heart of Sydney was filled to capacity with screaming teenage girls, eager to catch a glimpse of their One Direction idols as they arrived for a TV interview.
And so hysterical were they that not only were the police forced to erect steel fencing to stop the mob, but some fans required medical treatment after passing out from all the excitement.
Scroll down for the video of their appearance on Sunrise….
Hysterics: Thousands of One Direction fans mobbed the Channel Seven studios today to catch a glimpse of the boys who were making a guest appearance on Sunrise
The boy band were making a guest appearance on Sunrise on the Seven television network and last night, hundreds of fans converged on the city's central Martin Place plaza for front-row
positions outside the windows of the studio.
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Please be careful: One Direction were asked by the hosts of Sunrise to stand up and ask the fans to move back so no one got hurt
As far as the eye could see: The studio camera panned the fan-filled plaza outside for viewers at home to see
It caused bemused office workers to stop and watch the crowd who waved banners, screamed their pin-ups' names and wore T-shirts with the boys emblazoned across them.
And local media reports said several fans were so overcome with excitement when the group finally arrived that they fainted and were hoisted out of the crowd and given prompt medical treatment.
Die-hards: Some fans had managed to get to the front of the barrier to wave their banners at the band…
… but the happy faces and calm smiles soon turned to tears and screaming
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, 16-year-old Felicity Powell said: 'I feel so sick, I was like a metre (yard) from them.'
And another said she was prepared to take a stun gun for her idols, declaring: 'I'll do
anything to see them, I'd even get Tasered for this. I don't care, I
just have to see them.'
Zoom in, girls! Fans swarm the window of the Sunrise studio, cameras in the air as they try and snap their idols
High fives! A sea of hands clutching cameras could be seen outside the studios as the fans stood their ground for their photos
is mental, it's absolutely incredible and we can't believe it,' band
member Liam Payne said of the crowds outside the studio.
But his bandmate Niall Horan became concerned for the fans' safety and took to his Twitter page and wrote: 'Guys this is crazy here, thank you all so
much! Please stay safe, the police here have been amazing, we don't
want anyone to get hurt.'
Secure: Police were called to erect steel barriers to keep the fans at a safe distance
Inner circle: Some fans were lucky enough to be inside the steel barrier to see their pin-ups through the studio windows
The five-member outfit – Horan, Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik – have drawn wild crowds since touching down in Sydney for their first
Devoted fans have followed their
every movement, tailing their black security vans across Sydney for
press engagements in the hope of catching a glimpse of their idols, aged
between 18 and 21.
Heartthrob: Harry Styles was seen diving off a boat in Sydney Harbour
One Direction's previous arrivals in New York, Los Angeles and
Toronto, have seen hundreds of fans waiting for hours and even led to 14
teenagers being hospitalised in Canada after camping out overnight in
freezing 14f (-10c) temperatures.
The band are set to perform at Australia's
Logie television awards later this week, with organisers admitting they
are 'expecting the very worst' from excitable fans.
Goodness knows how they would have behaved if they'd seen their pin-ups shirtless, sipping beer and larking about in the sea as they relaxed and enjoyed some downtime on a boat off Sydney Harbour soon after they arrived Down Under.
Relaxed: Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson chilled out as the boys enjoyed some downtime