Justin Bieber is used to hearing cheers and screams when he steps onto a stage but he was greeted with something else at his London concert on Monday (March 4) – the boos of parents and their young kids. The singer reportedly started his concert at 10:23pm – a full two hours late and way past the bedtime of many of his school-age fans, angering many who had been waiting hours to see their idol.
Part of the crowd left before Justin appeared or after only hearing a few songs, and others complained about missing the last trains that stopped running at midnight. “It’s disgraceful, so many children were distressed and left heartbroken they had to leave the show. Many had been looking forward to seeing Justin for weeks,” one irate parent told the Mail Online.
Another parent – there with his 8-year-old daughter – talked about planning their night carefully, only to have it ruined by Justin‘s late arrival. “I called the O2 yesterday to find out what time the show was ending. They told me that Carly Rae Jepsen was on at 8 and then Bieber was on at 8.30, finishing at 10.15. But he didn’t even come on until 10.35,” he said.
“Keeping the fans waiting for two hours is an absolute disgrace,” he added angrily. “[My daughter] got to bed at after one in the morning and then had to get up for school this morning. And I know that at least two or three children have actually missed school today because they couldn’t cope with the late night.”
But according to Justin the wait time was greatly exaggerated. “Last night i was scheduled after 3 opening acts to go on stage at 935 not 830 but because of some technical issues i got on at 10:10..so…” he tweeted. “I was 40 min late to stage. there is no excuse for that and I apologize for anyone we upset. However it was great show and Im proud of that…”
The 19-year-old promised to do better for the next night’s show, though – and reportedly hit the stage 30-minutes early. “…and tonight we will run on time and look forward to putting on an amazing show for everyone in attendance,” he said on Twitter.