Believe Cape Town
The city of Cape Town was sent into Bieber Frenzy on Tuesday the 7th of May when one of the world’s biggest pop stars graced our shores with his ever-so insurmountable presence. Tweets were flying left right and centre about the whereabouts of Justin Bieber and excited “Beliebers” dominated the Twitter sphere with ecstatic tweets about his concert the next day. Rumours that Justin Bieber was shoe shopping at the Waterfront sent a flock of people with their cameras to the Hugo Boss store at the V&A. Overly enthusiastic young females and their dedicated parents camped outside Greenpoint Stadium that night while rock legends Bon Jovi and their fans belted out the classic “Living on a Prayer”. Roads were closed and barriers put up in preparation for the even more intense mayhem that would ensue the following day. The effect that one person can have on so many people is absolutely “unbeliebable”.
Justin Bieber embarked on his Believe Tour on the 29th of September and decided to acknowledge the presence of South African Beliebers by adding two dates for our wonderful country (8th of May for Cape Town and 12th for Johannesburg). The 8th of May proved to be a very exciting day as cars, restaurants and radio stations were blasting hits like “Boyfriend” and “Never Say Never” to get people in the mood for that evening. Reports were coming in at the increasing chaos going on at Greenpoint stadium as the day progressed, with more and more fans draped in purple and white waited outside to see their idol. Walking up to the stadium around 6’oclock, you could already hear the backtrack accompanying up and coming South African pop star ChianoSky. Inside the stadium was absolute mayhem; queues were endless with teens and parents itching to get their hands on various Justin Bieber tour merchandise and people trying to claw their way as close as they could to the front to get a good view of the young megastar.
The 10 minute countdown created an atmosphere more intense than a showdown in a classic American cowboy movie. At every minute, the crowd screamed as they anticipated the arrival of Justin Bieber on stage. The seconds ticked by almost too quickly and before anyone could realise that they actually desperately need some water and a toilet break after the endless hours of standing around, fireworks blasted into the air and he emerged dressed in all white. The crowd went mental and you’d almost think that he was draped in a pair of silver wings and glitter with the way people started crying and fainting. He opened with the first track on his album “Believe” and blew the crowd away with his energy and back up dancers. Highlights of the concert included his mashup of old hits “One Time”, “Somebody to Love” and “Eenie Meenie”, singing will.i.am’s “That Power” which he features on, showing off his talent for drumming and playing the piano, bringing up a girl from the crowd on stage for “One Less Lonely Girl” and of course, performing a couple of songs shirtless which made a number of oestrogen-filled teenage girls swoon and faint. He ended off with his signature song “Baby” accompanied with more fireworks and purple and white confetti, leaving everyone in absolute awe of the concert they had just experienced. It was truly a great performance on his part that made thousands of tweens and teenagers’ dreams come to life which they will never forget.