Justin Bieber apologises for late arrival at London concert

The singer says 'no excuse' for being late for performance at O2 Arena

Justin Bieber apologises for late arrival at London concert

Photo: PA

Justin Bieber has apologised to fans he angered yesterday (March 4) by arriving onstage at his UK tour's first London O2 Arena show almost two hours later than planned.

The doors of the Greenwich venue opened at 6.30pm and the Canadian pop sensation was due to begin performing at 8.30pm. He finally appeared onstage at 10.20pm, by which time the audience were loudly booing. With the support acts finished, they had been listening to Michael Jackson songs for more than an hour. It meant that Bieber had just 40 minutes to perform before the venue's usual 11pm curfew kicked in. The singer instead carried on until midnight.

Angry parents took to Twitter to protest the singer's late arrival – not least because the show was taking place on a school night. It meant many parents were forced to remove their children after hearing just one or two songs, and The Evening Standard reports that many fans left in tears. Other reports say many children in the audience had fallen asleep. Former Coronation Street star Wendy Peters was among those inside the arena. "I shall have an extremely moody daughter tomorrow… Livid !!" she tweeted.

Posting a series of messages on Twitter this morning (March 5) Bieber said there was "no excuse" for his tardy arrival and appearing to accuse the media of exaggerating the situation. "Last night i was scheduled after 3 opening acts to go on stage at 9:35 not 8:30 but because of some technical issues i got on at 10:10 so i was 40 min late to stage. There is no excuse for that and I apologize for anyone we upset," he tweeted. Adding: "However it was great show and Im proud of that."




Bieber has been touring the UK for the past week and will perform a second show at the O2 Arena this evening. During his stay in the UK, Bieber's behaviour has been erratic. Celebrating turning 19 on March 1, he described it as his "worst birthday" when his underage guests were turned away from London's Cirque du Soir club.

Read More On This Artist

Justin Bieber Merchandise
More News
Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith cover The Rolling Stones - watch
Foo Fighters announce January 2015 live dates
Johnny Flynn stars in new trailer for Channel 4 sitcom 'Scrotal Recall' - watch
Bishop Nehru and Doom preview NehruvianDOOM album with new track 'Caskets' – listen
Matt Bellamy hints at World War 3 theme and guitar solos for new Muse album
SBTRKT previews new album 'Wonder Where We Land' at iTunes Festival in London
Iceage reveal new song 'How Many' - listen
Trent Reznor previews 'Gone Girl' soundtrack ahead of cinema release
Members of Arcade Fire, The Strokes and Bon Iver form Pop All Star Band supergroup
Lil Wayne and Drake hit the road in 'Grindin' video - watch
SBTRKT streams new song 'The Light' featuring Denai Moore - listen
George Ezra covers Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' - watch
Foo Fighters pay tribute to late Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus at crowdfunded gig
James Blake unveils new song on BBC Radio 1 show
David Bowie to release new album 'soon', says producer Tony Visconti
Six Iranians sentenced to prison and lashings for dancing to Pharrell's 'Happy' in...
All We Are announce January 2015 release date for debut album – hear first song now
Yorkshire artists cover Gang Of Four's 'Entertainment!' in special Cassette Store...
Guildford venue The Boileroom saved from closure
Richard Hawley to reissue first three albums on vinyl
Johnny Marr reveals new single 'The Trap'
Flying Lotus reveals new song 'Coronus, The Terminator' – listen

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today