Justin Bieber isn't even out of his teens yet, so he should understand that starting a concert late on a Monday night just isn't cool. British papers slammed the singer for taking the stage at London's O2 arena at 10:35 p.m. -- two hours past the advertised time -- on a school night.
According to The Mirror, fans began booing as Justin's two opening acts came and went, and they waited -- and waited -- for the singer to appear. Angry parents began tweeting their displeasure, saying things like, "Kids are having to leave as it's so late. Not fair," and, “How rude. Bieber is still not on stage at the O2 when his concert was due to finish now! Mate, it’s a school night.”
Another tweeted, "Who the hell does Justin Bieber think he is? Not on stage yet?! I hope everyone walks out of the O2." And yet another wrote, "Think of the children #biebergeddon. Bieber concert at the O2 due to finish in 5 minutes, he’s not even on stage yet.”
There were also concerns that the tube -- the British subway system -- would stop running before the end of the show, stranding fans at the arena.
Finally, at 10:36 p.m., the O2 arena itself apologized for the late start, tweeting, "Justin Bieber is now on stage and apologizes for the lateness of his show. It added, "Sorry to all the Justin Bieber fans for the lateness of his show tonight. The tube will still be running when the show finishes."
One angry parent responded to that tweet, "Disgusting my daughter has had to leave after 1 song to ensure she gets home a total and utter disgrace. Your apology is pitiful !!!"
One witness recounted to E! News, "I was at the concert and he [Bieber] came out at 10:15 p.m and Carly Rae Jepsen finished her set at 9:10 p.m....Justin should have been out at 9:30." The frustrated fan added, “Everyone was kept waiting not knowing anything. All they did was kept playing Michael Jackson songs. All the fans were getting so annoyed at around 9:50 p.m., fans started booing."
The female fan continues, "He didn't even apologize. That's what makes it worse...My mom paid for five tickets so she's not happy."
Yet another concertgoer tells Us Weekly that Justin cut short his set list due to his late arrival on stage.
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