IT’S every music fan’s dream to watch their idols at the front row of a concert.
But two pop fanatics have gone the extra mile in ensuring they’re the ones who will get up close and personal with the band they love.
Lisa Lanzi and her best friend Silvia Tamagnini have travelled all the way from their native Tuscany, in Italy, to watch English pop rockers McFly perform at Portsmouth Guildhall tonight.
The pair were so eager to meet their heroes they camped out in Guildhall Square last night.
And their enthusiasm paid off because they managed to catch a glimpse of the band earlier in the day.
The stars stepped out of their tour bus briefly to pose for snaps and sign autographs for their fans.
Lisa, 24, said: ‘Silvia and I have been massive fans of the band since 2005.
‘Since then we have been to every single one of their tours in the UK.
‘They’re not very popular in Italy – and I have no idea why. That’s why we come over here to watch them.
‘We thought nothing of camping out – it adds to the fun and the build-up to the concert.’
McFly first rose to fame in 2004 after their first single Five Colours in Her Hair went straight to number one in the UK singles chart.
They hold the record as the youngest band in history to have a number one album – Room on the 3rd Floor – which was released the same year.
Silvia, 24, said: ‘McFly are the soundtrack to my life. I grew up listening to their music. They’re a fantastic group of guys who really take care of their fans.’
Vicky Benn, 20, and her friends Amanda Vikstrom, 21, and Tanya Hartley, 21, travelled from London yesterday and camped out before tonight’s show at 7pm. Vicky said: ‘I listened to them a lot when I was younger. They really take me back.’