U2 absolutely rocked Cape Town on Friday night as around 73 000 fans from all over the world made their way to the city’s stadium for the 360 degree tour concert..
Many thousands of concert goers made use of Cape Town’s contribution to the party by riding on the trains and buses, which were free of charge to all with U2 tickets.
A festive vibe prevailed at the entrances to the stadium as the queues started to form and this goodwill continued throughout the night as U2 fans of all ages and cultures came to enjoy the world’s best band playing live in Cape Town for the first time since 1998.
As the gates opened those fortunate fans to be in the first 2700 to enter made their way into the inner circle for the party of their lives.
By the time U2 made it onto stage just after 9 PM, the capacity crowd was ready to greet the Irish rock stars to the Mother City.
“Beautiful Day” started the concert which was broadcast over the radio and internet to the world.
“Still Haven’t Found What I am Looking for” got the stadium singing along as South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka joined Bono on stage for the song.
‘Pride” was rededicated by Bono, this time for Nelson Mandela which saw much cheering from the crowd as Madiba was honoured by the U2 frontman.
“Amazing Grace” brought shivers down the spines as everyone joined Bono in singing one of the best gospel songs of all time.
The political changes that are afoot on the African continent were mentioned before the start of “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and Libya was highlighted as the country due for change.
Following the people’s uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia against dictatorial rule, there does appear to be a new wind of change that is blowing over Africa.
The days of the permanent rulers are not being tolerated by the people of the continent anymore as Bono posed the question ”What time is it in the world today”, and answers his own question a bit later with “It’s Show Time”.
For all those at the concert, it certainly was show time as U2 continues to reinvent their live performances and with The Claw and a near perfect sound, a live show simply doesn’t get any better.
Cape Town was a great host for the concert and deserves a huge thank you from fans as they could make their way to the stadium by riding on busses and trains free of charge. The last train eventually left Cape Town station at 2 AM under the watchful eyes of the South African Police who made sure everyone was safe.
The Mother City is leading the way in how a modern day African city must function and is a credit to South Africa and the continent of Africa.
The full song list was:
1. Beautiful Day
2. I Will Follow
3. Get On Your Boots
5. Mysterious Ways / The Way You Make Me Feel (snippet)
7. Until The End Of The World / Anthem (snippet)
8. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
9. Stand By Me
10. North Star
11. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
12. In A Little While
13. Miss Sarajevo
14. City Of Blinding Lights
16. Crazy Tonight / Relax (snippet) / Two Tribes (snippet)
17. Sunday Bloody Sunday
19. Walk On / You’ll Never Walk Alone (snippet)
21. Amazing Grace (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / All You Need Is Love (snippet)
22. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
23. With Or Without You
24. Moment of Surrender