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One Direction back in Belfast, but why isn't Harry Styles ready for his close-up?

Fans queue from early morning to nab best spot

By Cate McCurry

Heartthrob boyband One Direction are proving shy when it comes to getting in front of the camera for their fans in Belfast.

The band have slapped a ban on Press photographers attending their Belfast concert tonight, and fans in the audience will not be allowed to use video recorders or selfie sticks in the SSE Arena.

The move echoes the decision by American singer Beyonce to ban all Press photographers from her 2013 world tour after unflattering pictures emerged following her appearance at the Super Bowl in the same year.

The band, made up of Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Harry Styles, appear to have placed brand protection ahead of their fans' desire for a keepsake of their heroes.

Other banned items include glow sticks, umbrellas and audio/video recorders.

Some 30,000 Northern Irish fans have splashed out over £1.6m on tickets for the band's three sell-out performances.

Tens of thousands of pounds are likely to be spent on One Direction merchandise tonight, including calendars, T-shirts, CDs, satchels, key chains, caps and mugs.

Their On The Road Again tour is to kick off at 7.30pm with fans expected to queue from 9am to secure a spot for the best view of the band.

The boys will be belting out their best known tunes including What Makes You Beautiful and Steal My Girl, to thousands of screaming fans at the Belfast venue.

Meanwhile, rumours have been circulating that they will stay at the plush five-star Culloden Hotel, which has accommodated a host of A-list stars in recent years.

However, a spokesperson for the luxurious Holywood hotel would not confirm whether rooms have been booked out by the band and their entourage.

Concert organisers at the SSE Arena will be busy catering to the One Direction demands after the public was given a peek backstage when their rider list was leaked to the media.

The 32-page document lists exactly what they want while on tour - including 16 rooms at each venue, with four dedicated for the band.

They state that four-star dressing rooms are a must, with another backstage room for personal training.

"Make sure the rooms have a pleasant ambience too, and wall-to-wall freshly cleaned and deodorised carpet," it states.

Bathrooms have to be stocked with supply of soft toilet tissue and odourless air freshener.

The boys also asked for a "large, glass fronted drinks fridge", a ping pong table with bats and balls, and a pinball table.

The rider also reveals that all food must be homemade and served on china adding that caterers should "use garnish and find creative ways to help prevent food from drying out while it is being served".

To avoid confusion with the dishes, each should have a label "two inch by three inches typed with easy to read bold font".

The boys also ask for three cases of local beer to be provided for after the show.

Dessert must also be homemade and offer choices like fruit tarts, cobblers, and ice cream.

Yesterday, Styles and Dubliner Horan opened up to TV's Lorraine Kelly about their obsession with the presenter on her morning show.

Niall said: "I'm just obsessed with you Lorraine, I can't even look at you."

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