Saturday April 4, 2020

Off Message

They may be relatively inoffensive, but bands such as One Direction are part of a cynical marketing drive that is manipulating our children's taste, writes Catherine O'Mahony.

17th March, 2013
'Don't we have a responsibility to alert our children to the existence of a musical world outside X Factor, even at their delicate age?'

Justin Bieber's fans scream the loudest, apparently. Wembley Stadium says so and gave him a 'Wembley Way Stone' (some kind of award) the other week to underscore the point.

I took an interest in this fact because of my recent attendance at a One Direction concert, at which I found myself wishing we'd gone to Justin Bieber instead; ideally the one in which he arrived two hours late, so that half the audience had gone...

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