Wednesday 7 December 2016

Justin Bieber fans queue for up to 33 hours ahead of Dublin concert

Published 01/11/2016 | 19:05

L-R Danielle Gibson (19), Ballymun and Catherine Noble (16),Banbridge.
Daniel Cooney (20), Jobstown.
L-R Caroline Abela, Maryrose Abela (16), Malta.
L-R Beth Williamson (18) Armagh, Sarah Banks (18) Terenure, Molly Bartley (18) Tallaght.
L-R Abbleleigh Herron (18), Chloe Lavery (18), Cheyenne Wilson (18), Belfast.

Dedicated Justin Bieber fans queued for up to 33 hours outside the 3Arena ahead of his concert on Tuesday night.

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Bieber (22) played his first of two sold-out gigs in the 3Arena, Dublin, on Tuesday as part of the Purpose world tour and his fans did everything they could to get as close as possible to the Love Yourself singer.

The entrances to the venue were surrounded by determined and cold fans as they waited wrapped in blankets for the doors to open.

Catherine Noble (16) from Banbridge, Co. Down queued from 8:30am on Monday to ensure she got as near as she could to the front of the stage.

L-R Danielle Gibson (19), Ballymun and Catherine Noble (16),Banbridge.
L-R Danielle Gibson (19), Ballymun and Catherine Noble (16),Banbridge.

"I slept on the streets for two nights in Lurgan to get my ticket," she said.

"I'm just going to cry when I see him, I'm so excited. When I heard Justin was in town last night I called my dad, who's staying in the hotel across the way, and he came and watched our stuff. I ran in my socks around Temple Bar trying to see him - I forgot my shoes! I didn't get to see him, I had so much fun though."

Daniel Cooney, from Jobstown, Dublin, queued for 25 hours to ensure he got to the front of the stage.

"There was only about 30 of us here yesterday and we all camped around the corner."

Daniel Cooney (20), Jobstown.
Daniel Cooney (20), Jobstown.

Daniel paid €370 for his ticket after failing to get one when the original sale went live.

"I couldn't get a ticket. Two months ago I saw a ticket selling online for €370 and I bought it. It was so worth it. I'd pay €1000 if I had to. I was at his last concert, I've been waiting three years for this."

Abbieleigh Herron, Chloe Lavery and Cheyenne Wilson, from Belfast, were attending the concert together after meeting in the queue three years ago at Bieber's last Dublin gig.

"We've been queueing since noon. We met here three years ago when we came to see him, so this is like a reunion."

L-R Caroline Abela, Maryrose Abela (16), Malta.
L-R Caroline Abela, Maryrose Abela (16), Malta.

Fans came from far and wide to see the global superstar in the flesh, with one devoted fan travelling with her mother from Malta to attend the concert.

Maryrose Abela (16), from Malta, said she wasn't going to let anything stop her from seeing the singer.

"I came from Malta just to see Justin. I bought my ticket through Ticketmaster and got the VIP package. I've been a Belieber since 2009 and this is my first time seeing him. We've been queueing since 7am. It's very cold!"

Sarah Banks, Molly Bartley, Micah Encarnacion, from Dublin, and Beth Wiliamson, from Armagh, also queued for 25 hours outside the 3Arena to get to the front of the sold-out crowd.

L-R Beth Williamson (18) Armagh, Sarah Banks (18) Terenure, Molly Bartley (18) Tallaght.
L-R Beth Williamson (18) Armagh, Sarah Banks (18) Terenure, Molly Bartley (18) Tallaght.

"We haven't slept. It's so worth it at the end of the day. It's my fourth time seeing him," said Sarah Banks (20).

Bieber was spotted at Xico nightclub, Baggot Street and on Grafton Street on Monday ahead of his two performances, but attempted to keep a low profile and declined pictures with fans.

He will continue the European leg of his tour in Austria on November 8, with the tour continuing until April 2017.

L-R Abbleleigh Herron (18), Chloe Lavery (18), Cheyenne Wilson (18), Belfast.
L-R Abbleleigh Herron (18), Chloe Lavery (18), Cheyenne Wilson (18), Belfast.

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