BIEBER fever swept the country last night as superstar Justin Bieber kicked off the first of his two Irish concerts.
Billed as the 'biggest show in the world', tickets for the concerts sold out in 30 minutes when they went on sale last August.
And the young star certainly knows how to make an entrance. To the sound of deafening screams, he appeared at 8:30pm in silhouette on a huge screen above the stage.
But he then magically reappeared at the front of the stage on a platform to sing opening number 'Around the World'.
The singer interrupted his second number to ask fans not to throw items on stage – he made the same plea in the next number complaining he could fall on the thrown items.
Aimee Hutch (15) and her friend Louise Norton (16), from Ballymun, Dublin, arrived early at 8am on Saturday, pitching a tent overnight in the O2 carpark.
"It might sound crazy but we just find Justin Bieber so inspiring. We have to get as near to him as possible and that means arriving before everyone else in the queue," said Aimee.
Hayleigh Dunning (15) travelled down from Antrim taking her place in the queue with hundreds of other fans at 3.30pm yesterday.
"It's hard to explain what we love about Justin.
"It's his looks, his songs and everything about him. This is the highlight of our year," she said. Some of the fans even ended up seeing their idol early when, completely unannounced, Justin Bieber pulled up outside the queue on a segway.
"Justin came out of nowhere and started waving at us. It was incredible to be only a few feet from him," said Lauren McSweeney (13), from Cork.
Excitement had been building since the 18-year-old jetted into Ireland on Saturday.
With worldwide demand for pictures of the singer the paparazzi were out in force yesterday hoping to track him down. But the singer was ensconced at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Co Wicklow before leaving for the O2 in a fleet of limousines.
"Ireland the #BELIEVEtour is back and in EUROPE! Leggo!" Bieber tweeted yesterday.
Justin Bieber plays his second sell-out show in the O2 tonight.