SLIDESHOW: A picture special of Sunderland-bound One Direction

THE biggest boy band around today announced a massive stadium gig in Sunderland.

One Direction - 1D to their legions of young fans - have became huge stars since finishing third on the X Factor in 2010.

One Direction

One Direction

Propelled to international success by the power of social media, their two albums, Up All Night and Take Me Home, broke several records, topped the charts of most major markets.

They generated hit singles including What Makes You Beautiful and Live While We’re Young.

Here’s a slideshow tribute to Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson - One Direction.