Twitter has been flooded with teen angst after news that One Direction’s Australian tour next year collides with end of year exams for high school students.
The UK boy band, who have been nothing short of a sensation among female teens worldwide, was originally scheduled to tour Australia in September, but fans woke up to the news yesterday that a scheduling conflict has pushed back the concerts by one month, placing it in direct conflict with HSC and VCE exams.
Rather than kicking off their Australian tour on September 11, 2013, One Direction’s concerts will now begin in mid-October, only two days after the HSC written exams begin in NSW.
Fans of the band, which comprises Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik, have taken to Twitter to express their dismay in stereotypical teen style. The sheer number of tweets has made "HSC" a trending topic in Australia.
Not to put too fine a point on the drama, one girl pointed out that lives will be “ruined” as a result.
In a tweet to Ticketek and One Direction a fan called Mrs Malik, and under the Twitter handle ‘OzLovesID’, said: “Did you even think how many lives you’ve ruined as its [sic] during the HSC and VCE exams?!”
Another female fan, who goes by "Harry" on Twitter, said: “You’re all I ever wanted uoire[sic] giving me a heart attack because HSC”.
Succinctly summing up the problem now facing these fans, @heavenlyharries tweeted: “Two whole years come down to 5 exams. If 1D come and therefore distract us. WHAT IF WE FAIL? No uni, no future.”
The NSW Board of Studies hasn't yet confirmed the exact exam dates for next year's Higher School Certificate, except to say they will definitely begin on Monday, October 14 and finish no later than Friday, November 8.
One Direction begins their tour in Melbourne on October 16, continuing on to Brisbane and Sydney before finishing up back in Melbourne on October 26.
Some of Victoria's VCE exams (the state's HSC equivalent) are also scheduled to be conducted during the band's Melbourne concerts, but the main written exams won't start until October 30, after the tour is over.
A spokesperson for Sony said efforts were made to avoid a conflict with the exams but it was unfortunately unavoidable due to the band's tight schedule. Ticket holders have until the end of the year to claim a refund if the new dates are unsuitable.
New dates for One Direction's Australian tour:
Melbourne: October 16-17
Brisbane: October 19-20
Sydney: October 23-26
Melbourne: October 28-29