One Direction Announce Headlining U.S. Tour

Chart-topping British boy band will kick off tour on May 24 in Fairfax, Virginia.

With their record-breaking debut album, Up All Night, topping the charts , One Direction plan to hit the road for their first-ever headlining tour in the States.

The U.K. boy band will kick off the trek May 24 in Fairfax, Virginia, as part of a North American tour set to wrap up on July 1 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with stops along the way in cities like Chicago, New York, Atlanta and Las Vegas. News of the guys’ tour comes as Up All Night made One Direction the first British group to have a debut album at #1 on the Billboard 200 on Wednesday (March 21).

U.S. hysteria for the guys has been over-the-top, with hard-core fans wildly greeting them at stops all over the country. But one of the 1D fellas, Niall Horan, explained to MTV News that the band’s truly appreciative of all the fan love .

“No way were we expecting it to do anything like that,” he said of enthusiasm for the album in the States. “We haven’t spent that much time out here and obviously not a lot of people know us, but the power of our fans, they never seem to stop amazing us. They’re absolutely brilliant and they’ve bought the album in great numbers.”

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This won’t be the guys’ first tour in America, though. Earlier this year One Direction toured with Big Time Rush, and things got pretty crazy, according to Horan. “Since we’ve been here, we did Radio City [Music Hall in New York] with Big Time Rush, and when we were leaving the venue, there was a lot of people waiting outside for us and it was like the movies,” he recalled. “We were trying to drive away. [Fans] were running through traffic. It was literally like something you’d see in a movie.”

It doesn’t seem the hysteria is going to die down anytime soon. Before 1D even hit the road in May, they’ll perform at the Kids’ Choice Awards on March 31, and then they’ll take the “Saturday Night Live” stage a week later, on April 7. And all this buzz around the five Brits has fans wondering if they might be getting their own show on Nickelodeon . But Horan said that’s not the case, for now at least.

“We’ve just been doing stuff with Nickelodeon. They’ve been brilliant to us; they’ve been really good to us. [But] there’s no sign of a TV show,” he said. “We haven’t heard anything. We’re obviously doing the Kids’ Choice and stuff, but there’s no deal been done or anything [for a show]. They’re just kind of helping us out, I suppose.”

One Direction tour dates so far, according to band’s record label:

» 5/24 – Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center
» 5/25 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
» 5/26 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
» 5/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
» 5/29 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
» 6/1 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
» 6/2 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
» 6/8 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
» 6/9 – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood
» 6/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
» 6/13 – San Jose, CA @ Events Center
» 6/14 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
» 6/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
» 6/17 – Anaheim, CA @ The Theatre At Honda Center
» 6/23 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
» 6/24 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
» 6/26 – Atlanta, GA @ The Arena At Gwinett Center
» 6/27 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
» 6/29 – Tampa, FL @ 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
» 6/30 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
» 7/1 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Bank Atlantic Center

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