BOY BAND stardom is set to grip Dublin today – and we're not talking about One Direction.
International chart-toppers The Wanted will deliver an early Christmas present to hundreds of teenage girls when they jet into Dundrum Town Centre this afternoon.
Dundrum's HMV store has beefed up its security and is preparing itself for an onslaught of excited fans for the exclusive performance.
The Wanted, which features Dublin hunk Siva Kaneswaran, are expected to arrive at the store from 4.30pm for an exclusive appearance.
"It's going to be crazy, it's the first boy band to visit HMV since it reopened," a spokesperson told the Herald.
"We have extra security arranged and barriers will be erected to control the crowds. We expect hundreds of fans to turn up."
The band will meet and greet fans during their visit, and will sign copies of their new album, Word of Mouth.
Siva and his four bandmates – Nathan Sykes, Tom Parker, Max George and Jay McGuinness – are jetting into Dublin today and are expected to head straight to Dundrum.
"The boys will be arriving as close to 4.30pm as possible so pandemonium doesn't break out altogether," explained the spokesperson.
The boys will be staying over night in the city centre ahead of their performance at tomorrow night's Childline concert in Dublin, which will also feature Boyzone and B*Witched.
It is the first time that Blanchardstown native Siva (24) will be back in Dublin since The Wanted played in Cork last June.
The band will also perform at the O2 on March 24 next as part of their Word of Mouth World Tour 2014.
Word of Mouth is the Wanted's third studio album and features hits such as Chasing The Sun, I Found You, Walks Like Rihanna and We Own The Night.
They are the latest act to visit HMV this autumn, following on from performances by The Strypes, John Newman, Biffy Clyro and Jerry Fish, as well as an appearance by Shane Filan.
Singer Tom Parker described Word of Mouth as "our strongest album to date".
"It's taken us two years to make this album and now that it's finally finished, we are all really proud," he said.
"We can't wait for our fans to hear it.
"They've been really patient but hopefully they'll think it's worth the wait," he added.