Parents angry at Justin Bieber concert delayBy Jennie Slevin
March 05, 2013
A mother has spoken of her outrage after taking her daughter to a Justin Bieber concert which didn't end until midnight.
Carolyn Potter's 16-year-old daughter, Joanna, and a friend went to the concert at the O2 arena in London last night (Monday) but the 19-year-old pop-star didn't appear on stage until nearly two hours after he was billed.
The Crowthorne mother said: "It just shows a complete lack of consideration.
"He didn't explain why he'd kept them waiting for so long.
"I'm just really disappointed, most of his fans are between 11 and 16 and it was a school night.
"I know he's old enough to go clubbing now but his fans are still very young."
Carolyn and her husband travelled to the show in their car but said there were lots of people who may have ended up stranded in the capital city. She added: "It's a really big venue and there was just a river of people coming out.
"They didn't leave the arena until just after midnight.
"There was an announcement saying the last train would leave at 12.19am and there was a huge crush trying to get into the tube station.
"We bumped into another couple who were waiting for their daughter and they'd parked at Bracknell train station, they were going to have to get a train to Reading and then a taxi back to Bracknell.
"I don't know what we'd have done if we hadn't have driven, I don't think we could have made them leave early."
Beliebers were treated to a set by Canadian 'Call Me Maybe' singer Carly Rae Jepson while they waited, whereas many parents flocked online to rant about their disappointment in the teen star.
While she waited outside the arena the angry parent went to Twitter and wrote: "@justinbeiber. All your audience are school age kids. What are you playing at going on stage after 10pm.
"Not very responsible behaviour. Lots of your audience have an hour's or more journey home after this.
"Not to mention all the parents sitting waiting outside. Not impressed at all."
The family eventually got home at 1.45am but the girls didn't have any issue getting up for school this morning.
Carolyn said: "I told Joanna there wasn't going to be any messing around!"
The singer took to Twitter himself this afternoon (Tuesday) to apologise. He said: "Since I have been here it hasnt been easy with the press at times but I have loved it. so let me say this...
"Last night i was scheduled after three opening acts to go on stage at 9.35pm not 8.30pm but because of some technical issues i got on at 10.10pm..so... I was 40 min late to stage.
"There is no excuse for that and I apologize [sic] for anyone we upset.
"However it was great show and I'm proud of that"