A nice cup of tea is the right direction.

Yes pop sensation One Direction have taken being teetotal to a new tea-total level as the boys have been given a special secret weapon for their up-coming sell-out Manchester gigs – tea. The boys apparently are to shun booze once again opting for a nice warm cuppa instead.

The low-maintenance lads, who have performed this years Comic Relief single, have told organisers that the only thing they want in their dressing room is a plentiful supply of tea bags.

A source close to the band said; “The lads and their management team have specifically asked to keep their dressing room low-key before the shows and requested tea in there rather than booze.”

Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne drank peppermint tea at last month’s Brits seem to want to continue this tea-trend.

In order to stop the thirsty boys running out, one of Britain’s last remaining organic tea blenders Higher Living has created a special tea dispensing device to be placed back stage… only in an emergency.

Higher Living has filled the boys’ dressing room with a mountain of organic peppermint tea bags for Friday and Saturday’s gigs – but if they get through the lot, as a last resort they can smash the emergency glass.

The ‘One Way Or Another’ hit singers appear to have an insatiable appetite for British tea with band members admitting that they take it on tour when abroad. Tea fanatic Louis Tomlinson even recently revealed a steaming hot cup of tea tattooed on his arm which is believed to be in reference to the One Direction song Little Things, which features the line: ‘You can’t go to bed without a cup of tea / Maybe that’s the reason that you talk in your sleep.’

A Higher Living spokesman said: “Many professional singers drink tea before gigs to warm-up and repair vocal chords plus peppermint’s menthol qualities also help clear the airways. The lads are so committed to their fans that they don’t want anything to spoil the show and won’t leave anything to chance. We hope the emergency tea kits will give them peace of mind to perform their best set yet!”

One Direction aren’t the only singers who enjoy a good brew with other global superstars such as Noel Gallagher, Madonna and even Tinie Tempah admitting their love for Britain’s national drink. And we’ll have you know that premium organic tea maker Higher Living is described as the Rolls Royce of teas and is one of the last remaining tea blenders in Britain.

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