If you were fortunate enough to attend the Bon Jovi concert in Cape Town this Wednesday, you would have had to drive past the Waterfront to park your car, and would have been in for a treat when passing the One & Only Hotel. A crowd of young Beliebers had gathered (Justin was to perform the next day, and they'd somehow found out where he was apparently staying), posters, Bieber shirts and all, and stood squealing outside, waiting to catch a glimpse of their favourite star.
I know what you're thinking: pathetic. Hold your horses for a second, before you make any judgements. If you are reading this, I assume you are like me, to a certain extent. You are either a fangirl of sorts, or you at least appreciate music and all that comes with it. So hear me out, then, when I ask this: wouldn't you act the same if it was your favourite band or artist?
Not everyone has the same taste in music (thank goodness), so just because Nirvana was your favourite band when you were 14, doesn't mean everyone else feels the same way. At least the kids are appreciating music in some form, even if it's not quite your cup of tea.
I'm no Belieber, but personally I was excited for all of these youngsters who got to see their idol live. And so what if they were standing out in the cold and the rain for 12 hours waiting for the concert? If it makes them happy, let them do it. I'd do it for my favourite band, without even a moment's hesitation.
Concerts change lives, and if Justin Bieber is the one who changes these kids' lives for the better, then let them go ahead and Belieb. To all of the people freaking because "OMG, that child missed a day of school!", sit the hell down. So what? That child just had the best experience of his or her life - one missed school day is a small price to pay.