Icona Pop on One Direction's Stadium Tour: 'Everyone Feels This Special Bond'

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Aino Jawo and  Caroline Hjelt of Icona Pop perform during the "On the Road Again" tour at Levi's Stadium on July 11, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.

Icona Pop are currently on the stadium circuit as the opening act on One Direction’s latest North American tour, performing songs from their new Emergency EP and (of course) their Top 10 hit “I Love It.” On the new episode of the Pop Shop Podcast, the group’s Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo describe the rush of exhilaration they feel each night while performing on such massive stages.

““It’s a little bit surreal,” says Jawo. “You feel it even when you roll in and you get to the venue — the excitement, the expectations of the night. People have been waiting, they’ve been saving money to buy these tickets, and then they’ve been waiting for so many months, and then they’ve been buying their t-shirts, they’ve been making their signs. I mean, it’s for real. It’s beautiful.”

Icona Pop has spent limited with the One Direction members during the current North American tour — which kicked off last month in San Diego and wraps up Sept. 12 in Foxborough — but describes the boys as “super nice” and hopes to hang with them soon. In the meantime, Icona Pop remains in awe of 1D’s stage presence, which they witness up close each night.

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“The cool thing is that they’re also very personal,” says Hjelt. “They talk a lot on stage, directly to their fans. They joke with them, they look at the signs, and I feel what they’ve done already from the beginning is have a show together with the audience. And the audience grew up together with them, so I think everyone feels this special bond. It’s very cool.”

To hear more of Icona Pop’s interview, which includes a preview of the Swedish duo’s next full-length, listen to the latest edition of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast below:

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