How far would you go to meet your favorite band?
Two girls went well beyond the call of fandom in Australia. Asserting that Australian One Direction fans are “very dedicated” and not “obsessed,” 15-year-old Hayley Cochrane explained to pedestrian.tv. what she and best friend Cassie designed for the chance to meet the British boy band.
The Sydney based pop culture news site let Hayley tell the story in her own words in a blog post titled “I Built A Shrine To One Direction And All I Got Was This Lousy Blog Post.
“We’ve camped out overnight to possibly catch a glimpse of them and to get tickets to their gigs, tweeted millions of times, attended and held meet ups and flash mobs, stalked them down in our cities, created shrines and entered many competitions, all donating a lot of time in the name of these wonderful boys,” she wrote.
Hayley and Cassie were desperate to win tickets to an exclusive rooftop performance by the band in hopes to meet One Direction. Since the competition required fans to create a shrine to the band they really wanted to stand out. So, naturally the idea of creating a shrine on a Double Decker bus came about.
“For those of you above the age of 21, this was because in their music video ‘One Thing’ the boys are filmed in and around a double decker bus, and also because they are from England and Ireland,” Hayley said.
After pricing various companies the girls chose one that was very similar to the one showcased in the video.
“We then had to think of everything we could put in the bus, right down to the smallest detail. We made costumes and clothes, borrowed English/ Irish souvenirs from friends, spent a large amount of money on our school printing credit (sorry school), baked 1D cakes and muffins, bought a whole heap of stuff related to the band, made heaps of posters and banners, and a whole lot more,” she added.
Certain that their creation would win the prize of meeting the band, the girls detailed the heartbreak they felt when they didn’t make the cut. “I cried non stop for 45 minutes,” Hayley admitted.
Turns out the competition was based on chance, not work ethic.
Devastated by their loss, the girls haven’t given up hope. Spreading the details of their creation to social media they hope their boys see the shrine.
“We’ve been told we are crazy for going to all this effort, but if it’s for them then it’s worth it,” Hayley concluded.
For photos of Hayley and Cassie’s Double Decker One Direction shrine visit pedestrian.tv.
- Annie Reuter CBS Local