Monster excitement as Lady Gaga’s Ball Tour headed for SA

Andile Ndlovu

THE worst-kept secret is out – superstar Lady Gaga will be performing in South Africa this summer as part of her Born This Way Ball Tour.

Gaga will be playing at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on November 30 and the Cape Town Stadium on December 3. And “mother monster” could not contain her excitement as she tweeted her South African “little monsters”.

Gaga, who has about 26 million Twitter followers, said yesterday: “I am SO EXCITED to be bringing THE BORN THIS WAY BALL to South Africa. Stadium shows!”

She may have inadvertently encouraged a stampede, after adding: “It’s a dream come true, you’ll have to show me around!”

The set list for the shows consist of 23 songs including: Born This Way, Black Jesus † Amen Fashion, Bloody Mary, Bad Romance, Judas, Fashion of His Love, Just Dance, LoveGame and Marry the Night

The “monster pit”, which is enclosed by her catwalk on stage, is for her craziest fans. The pit is general admission only, and can be “unlocked” when fans arrive at the stadium.

Fans who arrive first, and wait all night and are dressed to “Ball” as Gaga puts it, will be chosen.

Then her Haus of Gaga – which is her creative team, will choose fans from the pit to meet her backstage afterwards. There is no extra charge or requirement for outlandish outfits to qualify.

The rumours of the South Africa leg of the tour had been swirling around since a leaked document of “unconfirmed dates” circulated on the internet.

The document had “mother monster” down for a February 2014 tour to South Africa.

But the excitement reached fever pitch at the weekend when Big Concerts said it would be making a “big announcement” by yesterday.

Now that the dates have been announced, the scramble for tickets is expected to ensue this morning. Computicket has introduced a new booking system – fans can take advantage of the online only pre-sales stage on its website this morning, before opening it to their outlets, call centre and other supermarkets with a Computicket outlet on Thursday in Johannesburg, and Friday for Cape Town.

Big Concerts promoter John Langford said the system was not complicated and the process would be fair.

He said: “We have a new web-based ticket system that allows people to queue in a secure environment. This gives people a fair and equal chance to get their tickets without congesting the call centre and Computicket outlets.”

Fans will be limited to eight tickets a person, when buying online or via the call centre, but can buy as many as they like at outlets.

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