Justin Bieber sends Cape Town into hysteria

2013-05-09 08:37
Shaheema Barodien
Cape Town - Say what you like about Justin Bieber and his recent behaviour on his Believe world tour: He started on time - early, in fact, hitting the stage at 20:40 for a 21:00 scheduled start - in Cape Town on Wednesday night and ensured his young, screaming fans would be safely home and in bed by midnight.

The 19-year-old star sent passions into overdrive as he swaggered onto stage dressed all in white, wearing reflector sunglasses and showing off the tattoos snaking up his arms.

Bieber was the youngest person on stage by a decade at least and led his band and troupe of dancers through familiar radio hits like Somebody to Love, Beauty and a Beat and Never Say Never – while lesser known album tracks Be Alright and She Don't Like the Lights got the same reception from the excitable crowd.

The screaming from his mostly young and female fans was already in full force during opening support sets by ChianoSky and Locnville, but reached even higher levels as the Canadian pop star hit the stage and gyrated his way through the first few songs.

PHOTOS: Justin Bieber live in Cape Town

Bieber went through a number of costume changes during his 80-minute set, each one a variation of a pair of leather dropped crotch trousers with a pair of white boxers peeking from the waistband and his ever-present sleeveless vest.

Pandemonium ensued throughout the 65 000-strong crowd when Bieber emerged shirtless for the final stretch of the show, flexing his hard-won but still slight body through hits from the Believe album - Boyfriend and As Long as You Love Me.

Thankfully Bieber remained unimpaired throughout his performance at the piano for encore track Believe, his first time playing the song to a packed stadium since being attacked on stage by fan at the same point during his Dubai show on Sunday.

Children as young as two years old were clutched closely to their parents in the Golden Circle, an area that was especially raucous as everyone jostled to get as close to the stage as possible. Many parents were soon seen fleeing the Golden Circle area with their young daughters in tow as the heaving crowd and unpredictable energy of the scenario proved too much for them.

There were also reports of girls fainting in the throbbing crowd, but security and event officials worked hard to make sure the young Beliebers were kept hydrated, passing out cups of water.

But Bieber remained cool and casual throughout, teasing fans at the front by reaching out to touch their fingertips, offering the drumsticks from his obligatory drum solo interval and looking out into the crowd of "beautiful girls" to find his One Less Lonely Girl - the lucky Belieber who is brought onto stage to be serenaded by him.

That girl turned out to be a girl named Neli, who sheepishly let the special moment wash over her while 50 000 other girls in the audience were left seething with jealousy.

The set was not without problems, however. Bieber's vocals were kept low in the sound mix and the drummer lost the beat during the early part of the performance of Boyfriend.

But the Belieber experience does not stop to correct missteps and the drummer soldiered on while Bieber kept the show on course, doing what he does best by dancing down the front of the stage to set young hearts racing anew.


  • Andrew Hendrikse - 2013-05-09 08:54

    My daughter (15 years old) had the time of her life!! Standing in the front row in Golden circle....Now let's hope she can move on and focus on school work and start listening to some quality music... then again you only young once...

      Zip Reeper - 2013-05-09 09:45

      what's new? those low-slung, crack-revealing trousers were popularised by the Cape skollies decades ago.

      Shannon Scott - 2013-05-09 11:07

      Your right, Im madly inlove with Justin bieber and i unfortunatley never got the chance to go,but that's amazing of you as a father to have done that for her:)

      Hamish Leslie Drake - 2013-05-09 11:22

      Isn't it usually divas that have multiple costume changes...oh wait..

  • Keri Stroebel - 2013-05-09 08:55

    Sounds like it was quite the exciting experience, glad the kids had fun :)

  • Jean Tredoux - 2013-05-09 08:59

    Early is still not on time...

      Phoenix Px - 2013-05-09 09:15


  • Ami Mzazi - 2013-05-09 09:01

    Glad to see the kids having fun in our beautiful but challenge faced country, just hope everyone made it to school today.

  • Dumisani Dush Ngqesha - 2013-05-09 09:23

    I have invented a Justine Bieber repellent spray, its works wonders, call me now on 08610 repel for orders ......just joking!! maybe he can do a collaboration with Mandoza :)

      Dumisani Dush Ngqesha - 2013-05-09 14:15

      ok I have invented a Jacob Zuma Repellent spray, is that ok?

  • Steven Payze - 2013-05-09 09:27

    What time did his show actually start ?

      Luané Swart - 2013-05-09 10:29

      It started 20 minutes early - at 8:40pm

  • Jess Jayden Smit - 2013-05-09 09:28

    She is a really nice girl I am sure. Its just sad that she keeps dressing like a boy.

      Klipkop de Groote - 2013-05-09 10:57

      I do agree Jess but boys okay men dont wear pants or gloves like that.. and all white is another girl thing reserved mostly for your wedding day I think.

      Jess Jayden Smit - 2013-05-09 11:44

      Sure she is considering finding a SA man? That,s why she dresses with the white to show she is ready to take a man?

      Lohan Felix - 2013-05-09 13:58

      lol nice one.

  • Dumisani Dush Ngqesha - 2013-05-09 09:33

    so the Administrator of this website is a believer!! didn't take kindly to my Bieber joke? removed my comment nci nci *smh*

      Nishandra Singh - 2013-05-09 10:16


  • Hayley Ramsamy - 2013-05-09 09:42

    Oooooooh I can't wait to take my daughter to the concert on Sunday! Hopefully she still has a voice on Monday morning :)

  • Venessa Born Stubborn Ede - 2013-05-09 10:18

    What were parents thinking taking children as young as TWO to a concert that went on late into the night? Are they insane?!?! That's child abuse!

      Luané Swart - 2013-05-09 10:30

      It started at 8:40pm and ended at 10:15pm, hows that "late into the night"?

      Megan Riddell - 2013-05-09 11:00

      Add about 3 hours of traffic to that just to leave the CBD area... No, I'm sorry, taking a two year old to something like that is actually shocking. Not taking into account the time the concert finished but much more importantly the damage done to their hearing at that age is seriously not worth it. And what could a two year old possibly hope to gain from that experience. Surely mom and dad or whoever would have had a much better time if they had left baby with the babysitter? And if you could afford to buy a JB golden circle ticket then you can definitely afford the cost of a babysitter!

  • joan.darcy.9 - 2013-05-09 10:43

    You can say what you like, every generation has it's "Justin Biebers" and the kids deserve to enjoy the concerts. My granddaughter had a great time. For her mother it was New Kids On The Block and for me it was Cliff Richard. We forget how crazy we went when we were their age.

      Jacques Kleinhans - 2013-05-09 12:16

      At least Cliff Richards is a talented musician. That boygirl-thing on the otherhand, isn't.

      Phoenix Px - 2013-05-09 13:10

      Jacques really? You clearly have no clue how he became famous and about his prolific skills as a musician? And so by the way I am a 50 year old classical pianist - so hardly a belieber. I do recognise talent when I see it though - which is more than I can say of you.

      Lucy Williamson - 2013-05-10 07:27

      Cliff and Elvis were the ones in my day and I remember going to a Cliff concert and the noise from the audience was so loud that you could hardly hear the performance. Was great fun!

  • Elize Botha - 2013-05-09 11:47

    Chuck Norris het 18 jaar terug ’n dogtertjie geklap wat tot vandag nog skree haar naam is Justin Bieber .... hahahahaha

      Ockert De Reuck - 2013-05-09 12:07

      nie eers Chuck Norris kan Justin se stem breek nie Ockert de Reuck

      Lynn Skinner - 2013-05-09 13:01

      The little girl's name is Justine Beaver ....

  • Den Ntangashe - 2013-05-09 11:48

    wat a young talented boy he must keep CTWN ROCKING

  • Tom Giles - 2013-05-09 12:05

    I appreciate the update. Thank you Channel 24. Excellent coverage.

  • Mickyle Prins - 2013-05-09 12:30

    had a asome night at justin drew bieber's concert

  • Lynn Skinner - 2013-05-09 13:19

    As a teen I swooned over George Michael. Now we all know how he turned out! Mark my words Justine Beaver will also come out the closet.

      Tom Giles - 2013-05-09 16:11

      Lynn Skinner and Zack Coetzee, Thank you for showing all of us your angry, ignorant,unfulfilled hate-filled worldview. Meanwhile Justin Bieber thrilled thousands, pocketed millions and is about to take Joburg. You are welcome to your toxicity. Wallow kids.

  • Kyle Links - 2013-05-09 13:45

    i took my 2 cousins to the show both 14 year old girls they were going out of there minds but left me standing there feeling seriously out of place, i really didn't see all the fuss except if you were a teenage girl. From an adult point of view the music was tasteless the dancing was average its just not what i would call true epicness like a Micheal Jackson show, but if you're a teenage girl you would probably disagree.

      Zack Coetzee - 2013-05-09 14:04

      I totally disagree, I took my 3 kids thinking I would spend the whole night at the beer stand. He left me speechless, what a talent, what a show. I went to Bon Jovi as well but that is now forgotten. I can see what the fuss is about. Another MJ in the making, wonder if he'll be black in 10 years time?

      Marlene Nancekivell - 2013-05-10 16:40

      Kyle Links how very true. Out of place, no ... he is not good, average maybe performer. I am glad to say that in my time and my childens time, the entertainers were excelllent. Age did not enter into it. My grandsons sons think he is "so not cool"! Had i wanted to i would have gone to see Bon Jovi ....now there is value for money in the so called golden circle.

  • Melissa Rademan - 2013-05-09 14:30

    I just don't understand all the fuss. JB is NOT a role model so let the kid be - he is a MAJOR POP STAR. Anybody can post a song on U-tube but then it takes talent, perseverance, VERY hard work, an excellent management team, commitment and above all that special X - Factor to become such a big star. I don't buy his music as it appeals to a younger audience but that does not mean I have to judge and break him down - give praise where it is due - this kid is working his ass off to sell-out concerts world wide and reach platinum on records and those critical negative people won't stop him. Let us support our youth especially when they go above and beyond to do something with their talent.

      Kyle Links - 2013-05-09 17:01

      look i don't hate him nor did i make negative comments i just gave my opinion about the show and state my case to all those who think he'll become the new Micheal Jackson.

  • Kyle Links - 2013-05-09 14:55

    Zack Coetzee it does not take 65000 screaming girls to make a new mj you need a best selling album of all time you need to donate over 100 million to charity you need to appeal to all ages you need to win a record 8 grammys in one night you need to create a best music video of all time and last you must be able to revolutionize the world of entertainment with your song and dance and open doors for a newer generation, you need to be inducted into the Hollywood walk of fame twice you need to break guinnes records 31 times you need to be honoured by 2 presidents and be named the artist of the decade,generation,century and millennium . I can go on but i'll be out of characters Zack do me a favor and go look it up and lets see if you can justify your comment.

      Yolandi Serfontein - 2013-05-09 15:45

      Very well said thank you

  • Zoe Arendse - 2013-05-09 15:07

    It was a awesome concert!

      Kyle Links - 2013-05-09 16:47

      well i can't blame you you're a teenager and you just haven't live long enough to be able experience the true sense of epicness and real music with the sense of purpose

      Marlene Nancekivell - 2013-05-10 16:51

      Zoe did you hear anything amid the screaming and shouting or were you too busy drooling over an overrated little chappie. Zoe swoon over a super handsome guy from school and it wont cost you or your mother any money.... Hey i was also a teenager once .. but little puppy face would have left me stone cold. Glad you enjoyed it though.

  • Ruth van Zyl - 2013-05-09 15:18

    For the youngsters performed by a youngster I say I hope you all had a whale of a time

  • Karen Coleman - 2013-05-09 19:44

    Was at the concert - ticket stated starting time of 7.30pm and everyone around us was fuming that he was over an hour late - video screens not once zoomed in on the stage or Bieber so were of no value add whatsoever - thought it wss a technical problem but then, when the girl from the crowd was on stage they zoomed right in to her face - was very obvious that at no time did they zoom in on who all the kids had paid to see - show was fragmented by videos that the kids can watch on youtube and the like at home, they came to see Bieber LIVE, not videos.. I have been to many many concerts in my time and this was by far the worst - people were leaving early and kids asleep all around.. and he was over an hour late according to the ticket... Inconsiderate and was disappointed for the kids..

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