We were all warned to leave home early, but no one anticipated sitting in traffic for close on 2 hours to get to Soccer City, for U2’s 360 Degree Johannesburg leg of their world tour.
Once inside Soccer City, I had to wait a further hour and forty minutes to get a hot dog and soft drink, because the catering company did not seem to have enough staff to man the food and beverage kiosks. With refreshments in hand, I eventually made my way to my seat for the first time. As I took a bite of my hot dog, U2 walked on stage – I dumped the hot dog, and joined the approximately 92,000 strong crowd who were up-standing, cheering and clapping as they opened the show singing my all time favourite ‘Beautiful Day’.
Regardless of the traffic and snack drama – the concert was well worth the twelve-year wait, which is how long ago U2 last performed in South Africa.
Even if U2 are not your cup of tea (Me heard a rumour that fashion designer Gert Johan Coetzee and his partner left half way through the concert and went to nap on the bus) – there is no way that you would not have been in awe of the stage nicknamed the ‘claw’ with all its mechanical genius. The four-legged structure with revolving screens ensured that no matter how ffffaaarrrrr away from the stage you sat – you got to see all the onstage action. The lighting effects were mind blowing too. Big ups to the 650-production crew who put the claw together over a four-day period.
Cape Town fans are in for a big treat on Friday February 18, as U2 complete the South African leg of their tour and move on to Santiago, Chile on February 25.
I hope that Cape Town Stadium has staff to maintain hygiene levels in the restrooms, as Soccer City’s toilets were absolutely disgusting. Thank goodness I did not have to use them because I heard that they ran out of toilet roll at 1pm in the afternoon.
It was a blast!
Gert-Johan Coetzee and his partner actually came to join the crowd downstairs till the end,
maybe the VIP area was to stuffy?
Hi Belinda – I am not sure if you are talking about the U2 concert or not cause G-J was not in a VIP area – me thinks the concert was too stuffy for him
Well, we arrived in good time and did not experience any delays. Maybe you should have heeded the advice of the concert organisers and not left it to the last minute!! Likewise the toilets still had toliet paper when I went at 7:30pm…. Why do journalists always try and rain on the parade? It was an awesome concert……
We were a group of 20 who arranged a bus from Pretoria. No problems with traffic, queuing for anything or messy toilets. Those who complained about no ushers to show seating – can’t they read – both the tickets and stadium were excellently marked. Great concert! Hope to see more of this kind of stuff….AWESOME!
We took the bus from Gold Reef City at 2pm,smooth trip of about 15 minutes to the stadium.Chilled at the Heineken bar and entered the seating area at 4pm.Did a quick recce and found our seats easily.We bought our tokens early and had no hassle getting our beers.Only complaint ,the merchandise tent was inadequate.At a venue such as this,you get there early.Period.Awesome venue,awesome set,awesome effects,awesome vibe.
The concert was awesome, amazing, fantastic etc, and if I could I would go to the CT concert too. Well worth every penny spent. U2 Rock!! I must agree about the facilities though. Shocking. The toilets where we sat had no paper by 4.30, and only one light was working, and there was no soap to wash hands with. Maybe it was OK in the boys, but the girls facilities were terrible.
U2 were absolutely awesome. There are no words to describe just how great their concert was.
I must agree though the facilities were shocking. The loo by us had no paper by 4:30, and only one working light. Shame on you Stadium Management…. Tim count yourself lucky.
U2 were amazing – I have followed them from their inception! Everyone had good and bad experiences regarding toilets, snacks and booze – but none of that mattered because no one cared about any of that when U2 stepped onstage. The comments however will go along way with organisors, should they schedule another event of this magnitude!
Was absolutely fantastic… best experience ever
Does anyone know where we can buy the u2 360 tour T shirts etc. The merchandise tent was impossible to get to.
Anyone got a U2 Joburg tour cap at a decent price?
The Cape Town concert was out of this world! The fan walk was packed and it was great fun with lots of entertainment, food and drink along the way. Everything ran smoothly from entry through security and the gates, to getting served drinks inside in less than a minute and special late night trains that took us home to the Strand.
The only disappointment was the massive queue at the merchandise tent, as there was only one point where merchandise was sold.
The bathrooms in Cape Town were big, clean and well stocked. First time ever that I did not have to wait in a line at a Ladies’ at such an event!