This week saw speculation arise as to the chances of a One Direction reunion, after an upcoming alleged tour date was briefly listed online.
Yesterday saw the eighth anniversary of the boyband, and an appearance on Ticketmaster’s website saw many fans raise their hopes about their hiatus coming to an end. Ticketmaster’s website briefly displayed that One Direction would be performing on December 31, 2020, at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. The gig also reportedly appeared on Spotify beneath a playlist to mark their anniversary:
i’m??so???confused?? i went onto ticket master (through a link for some reason it’s not on when you go on the website) and went onto the ‘Eithad Stadium’ if you scroll down to dec 31 it says there is a one direction tour: on the road again 2020??? is this like someone joking or- pic.twitter.com/fiYYIK8zix
— ally 🌿 is seeing h&l (@lightsuplouu) July 22, 2018
However, the listing was quickly removed by a spokesman told the Evening Standard: “There are no gigs planned for One Direction currently.”
In the interim, many fans took online to voice their excitement. Many are expecting a full ‘On The Road Again’ One Direction tour announcement in the coming weeks. If the rumours are true, a 2020 tour would mark 10 years of the band.
— J is ready for KMM 😍💜 (@Spn_and_1D) July 23, 2018
SO ONE DIRECTION HAVE TOUR DATES AND TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR 2021 AND APPARENTLY THERE’S NEW MUSIC COMING SOMETHING IS COMING MARK MY WORDS
— 𝐣𝐚𝐬𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐞🍒 (@icarusrem) July 22, 2018
WTF ONE DIRECTION MIGHT ACTUALLY BE GOING ON TOUR IN DECEMBER 2020 and bitch i’ll be 19, but I WANNA BE 13 FOR A WHILE AND SING ALL THEIR SONGS JKDJD OMF
— brijie 🤠 (@itsmebrijie) July 22, 2018
ONE DIRECTION HAVE A TOUR DATE FOR FUCKING 2020 WHAT IS THIS IM HAVING A HEART ATTACK
— ☁️ Leia ☁️ (@leia_png) July 22, 2018
guys what the fuck is that? I searched “One Direction Tour 2020” and there’s a lots of articles about a concert at the same date, the same hour and the same place 🤨 pic.twitter.com/cMqkIoxWJy
— z. (@smvinyls) July 22, 2018
ON SEVERAL SITES, ONE DIRECTION ADDED TOUR DATES
WHAT THE FUCKERY ARE YOU DOING BOIS
— gabrielle (@PILIPINHES) July 22, 2018
Members of the band also took online to celebrate their anniversary:
Wow, Eight years has passed. Thank you for all the love, thank you for all the support. Thank you for everything.
I love you. H
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) July 24, 2018
#8YearsOfOneDirection what an incredible 8 years it’s been with my brothers! Thank you to all the fans that are still supporting and following our journeys. Love LP ❤
— Liam (@LiamPayne) July 23, 2018
#8YearsfOneDirection Wow! 8 years of amazing memories with the lads . Thank you so much for standing by us for all this time.
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) July 23, 2018
Baby you light up my world like nobody else #8YearsofOneDirection
— One Direction (@onedirection) July 23, 2018
Since their hiatus, members of One Direction have embarked on successful solo careers – with Harry Styles dropping his huge-selling self-titled solo album last year ahead of a world arena tour.
Meanwhile Zayn Malik, who parted ways with the band, recently unveiled his new solo single ‘Sour Diesel‘.
Last month, Malik told fans his second album was “on the way” and added that there would be a “few surprises” on the record. After completing the LP, he said: “It’s a bit different to my last record in terms of it’s matured, [I’ve] got a bit older. I didn’t know what was going on for a while. I was just putting out a record and not really being as prominent as I wanted to be.”