So I am really splashing out and seeing another show tonight. I am sitting back in the Stadium Management Suite at FNB Stadium to see Justin Bieber. Please don’t hate me for it. I have had so many fellow bloggers and friends telling me I’m crazy and how can I tolerate him. He is nothing but a spoilt brat. But quite honestly I know so little about this young man and he is in the media so much, I thought I would come see for myself what all the hype is about. I have a totally open mind.
I left home early afternoon, only to hit an accident on the Freeway. Was stuck in the back-log for almost 2 hours. Most of the traffic were all Bieber fans on their way to the show. Everyone with a sunroof had it open with young girls hanging out. Car windows all open and again young girls hanging out. Some with Bieber masks. Some with Bieber written in their foreheads. Some with hearts inked on their cheeks and arms. Some with Bieber caps and other regalia on. The vibe in the traffic was amazing. People walking and chatting to others. Times like this it is great to be part of the crowd.
Finally got past the accident scene and was at the stadium in no time. There was no backlog of traffic like there was yesterday. However parking areas were full – apparently some people had been queuing since 4am. Now I am once again parked in the stadium basement but to get there is a mission. Not helped by the police and security not knowing how to direct me (Even though I know where I need to go).
Eventually found myself back in the suite eating pizza. I would come to see any show here just for the pizza. They have opened the room up next to the suite as well – loads if teenyboppers here with their parents.
6pm arrived – opening act is Locnville. They are hugely popular here and known for their song Sun In My Pocket – one of my favourites.
Once their act finished, the great debate started – how late was Bieber going to be. I found myself standing next to the Promoter and he explained that there was a countdown clock which is displayed on the screens 10 minutes before he appears. It was estimated that he was going to be at least half an hour late though. And within 30 seconds of saying that, the countdown clock started. We all thought someone had made a mistake and after much walky-talking, it was confirmed that he was indeed going to be on time and the countdown clock was correct. Apparently the first time in ages that The Bieber was on time! He came on stage at 7pm exactly.
Everytime the clock counted down a minute, the crowd went nuts. As it hit zero, the stadium shook from all the screaming. I tried to film (below) it but not sure I can do it justice.
I have a compilation CD in my car which I listen to everyday and one of the songs is called Beauty and the Beat. It is actually one of my favourite songs at the moment. Little did I know it was one of Justin Biebers songs. Perhaps I should be paying more attention to the actual artists in future.
His final encore song was of course Baby Baby. And the reaction from the crown was just indescribable. Thought the building was going to crumble underneath me from all the noise. The show ended early – 8.30pm in fact. Show was planned to finish early as it was a school night.
I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening actually. I thought Bieber was spectacular on stage. He is in every way an amazing showman. He has a fanbase and they love him. And he deserves the respect from everyone else – regardless of whether you like him or not.
I thought I’d get out of my comfort zone again today. I’ve decided to go to our very own FNB stadium (the largest stadium in South Africa) and see Bon Jovi in concert. I’m generally not wild about large crowds or concerts. FNB Stadium is our flagship stadium holding about 95,000 people and was the main stadium for the Fifa 2010 World Cup. Hubby is part of the Executive Stadium Management so Moi got special suite tickets and parking in the basement.
We left home early to avoid the traffic. Got to about 10km away from the stadium and hit traffic – it was all bumper to bumper. So we pulled out and went to another off ramp past the stadium and got off there which was much easier. Debating the parking was an epic on its own. It’s fine and well having basement parking but you need to get there first. Anyway, we eventually made our way to the parking and got a bay right outside the door to the lift (perfect!)
Hubby met us and escorted us up to the suite. We were the first ones there. Decided to get a glass of red wine much to Hubby and Son no 1 ‘s disgust – apparently I am driving later. I politely told them I am driving in about 6 hours time so they must keep their pants on.
I took loads of pics and was inundated with people coming up to me to say hello. I don’t come to the stadium often and being one the the bosses wives, I was THE person to be nice too. The waiters kept bringing food to the table. A plate of pizza was first up – yummy!
Finally 6.30pm arrived and the opening act arrived in stage – Daniel Baron. A fairly new artist in South Africa. This was the biggest audience he had ever played to.
Second act was Elvis Blue who is one of my favourite South African artists. Absolutely love his music.
Eventually 8.30pm arrived and Bon Jovi appeared on stage. The crowd went absolutely wild. It is definitely a show for a more mature audience and I was surprised by the welcome they gave him and the continuous interaction from them.
Bon Jovi on stage
The show was sold out. An amazing crowd.
And some more general pics below:
I had a great evening. The show finished at around midnight and I got home at about 1.30am. The traffic getting out of the stadium was an absolute nightmare.
I’m doing this all over again tomorrow night. I am going to see what all the fuss is about and going to see Justin Bieber. (I am going with an open mind.)