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On Friday, U2 took to the stage at Cape Town Stadium. And wow-the-crowds they certainly did.
I’ve always had a soft spot for the old U2 tracks, simply because they are such good quality songs. Clever lyrics, beautiful and upbeat melodies. When I was 16, I was given the album “The Best Of 1980 to 1990.” I listened that CD to death, much to my poor mother’s frustration. She often had to come into my room and tell me to “turn that racket down!” Anyway, by the time I arrived at university a year later, I decided that I could not die without having seen U2 live. I knew it was something of such epic proportions that I would never miss it. The Popmart Tour had been to South Africa a few years before, but I was only 13 at the time and living in Durban, where they didn’t visit. When I heard that U2 were coming this February, I knew I had to go, no matter what. To be honest, I don’t really like U2′s new stuff. But the chance to see those incredible oldies was just too much to let passed. And I am so glad I didn’t, as that concert was just as epic as I thought it would be, only more so.
I missed the Springbok Nude Girls perform the warm up set, but I wasn’t to phased about missing Arno Carstens in leather. I wanted to see Bono in leather.
U2 came onto the stage at 9.30pm and began with “Beautiful Day”, blasting the uplifting chorus through the hair of 72,000 fans. You can’t say that isn’t epic.
Soon followed those old school favourites I was hankering after. I still haven’t Found What I’m Looking For was goosebump-inducing. Bono sang a few lines and then surrendered the microphone to the crowd, which sang the rest of the verse and the chorus. And they sang it damn well. Bono was visibly moved by the fact that so many people, from so many different cultures, were all well versed in U2 song.
A lot of the concert was tied in with the band’s activism. I was really pleased to hear that they dedicated the entire concert to Aung San Suu Kyi, a democratic leader in Burma, who has been imprisoned since 1990 by the Burmese government, and who was recently freed. Possibly the band’s greatest song, Pride (In the Name of Love), was dedicated to Nelson Mandela, playing a video of his inaugral speech in April 1994. Bono even changed the words of the song as a tribute to Madiba.
Bono’s singing was also quite impressive – he managed to sing the Pavarotti part of “Miss Sarajevo.” It was unfortunate that most of the fans didn’t know the song “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me,” which is one of my favourites. I still have the CD single somewhere at home which I bought when I was 11. However, the crowd certainly went wild for old favourites such as “Mysterious Ways”, “Vertigo”, “Where the Street Have No Name”, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and the famous tear jerker, “With or Without You.” To finish they sang “Moment of Surrender.”
It was truly an excellent concert. Every person I have spoken to who went have raved not only about the performance but about the experience as a whole. Getting out of the stadium was a bit of a pain as the queues were long, and people were tired. Public transport going out of the city was packed, as no one was able to drive into the city to park. Arriving home at 2am however, I was ecstatic that I had the privilege to see one of the world’s greatest bands live; in the city I love the most in the world.
Review by Rosie Grace Brooks
Thinking of driving in to town and parking in Greenpoint somewhere for the U2 concert? Bad idea. Cape Town is set to be on lockdown tonight. Major roads are being closed and parking will be extremely limited.
The road closures in and around Cape Town on February the 18th are as follows (thanks to Cape Town Travel Blog for the info):
- Portswood Road and Beach Road (between Haul Road and Portswood Road) – closed from 16h00 until 02h30
- Beach Road (between Fritz Sonnenberg Road and Haul Road) – local access only
- Vehicles exiting the V&A Waterfront towards Mouille Point can only access Beach Road via Haul Road
- The Fritz Sonnenberg Road access to McDonald’s – closed from 06h00 and 02h30 the following morning
- From 16h30, there will be no general access to Hertzog Boulevard between Civic Avenue and Heerengracht, on Hans Strijdom or along Adderley Street (between Strand Street and Hertzog Boulevard)
- Western Boulevard – closed between the Buitengracht Street and Beach Road intersection at Three Anchor Bay in both directions from 16h00
- Sea Point-bound carriageway of Somerset Road – closed between Buitengracht and De Smit streets from 16h00
- The CBD-bound carriageway of Main Road (between De Smit Street and Glengariff Road) will also be closed and two-way traffic is to be accommodated on the Sea Point-bound carriageway of Main Road (between De Smit Street and Glengariff Road ) – local access only
- Signal Hill Road – closed between 14h00 and midnight
It has been recommended that all fans attending the concert take one of the following public transport systems to Cape Town Stadium or to the Fanwalk (from the City of Cape Town website):
Parking at the following Park-and-Rides at or near rail stations, is free of charge. The stations will have extended operating hours and additional security until 30 minutes after the last train has left the station:
• Athlone – east of the station
• Brackenfell – either side of the station with access from both Old Paarl Road and Brackenfell Boulevard
• Claremont – off Palmyra Road, east of the station
• Kuils River – either side of the station with access off New Nooiensfontein Drive or from Van Riebeek Road off Station Road
• Mitchells Plain – at the station off Hazeldene Avenue
• Ottery – either side of the station but primarily on the eastern side, off Panton Road
• Retreat – west of the station with access off Main Road
• Strand – at the station or across the road at the municipal offices
A nominal parking fee will be payable at the following Park-and-Rides:
• Oostersee – at the station (free parking) off Mike Pienaar Boulevard in Oostersee Street and on the Settlers High school fields
• Goodwood – at GrandWest with access to the rail station via the Casino
• Century City – at Ratanga Junction with a free shuttle service to the station
• Fish Hoek – at the station (free parking), with additional parking at the eastern end of the beach parking area
The bus shuttle Park-and-Rides will also be operational, namely:
• Kronendal Primary School at the sports field off Andrews Road in Hout Bay (nominal parking fee)
• On-street at Maiden’s Cove or in the municipal parking area off Victoria Road in Camps Bay
• University of Cape Town (UCT) Upper Campus in Rondebosch
The first buses will be ready to depart from the University of Cape Town and Hout Bay at 14:00, depending on passenger demand. The last bus before the concert leaves at 21:00 and no service will be provided during the concert. The last return shuttles will depart at 01:00 and run from Main Road (opposite York Road) to Hout Bay and from the Civic Centre bus station to UCT.
The Stadium shuttle between the Civic Centre and Stadium bus stations will be free of charge on presentation of a valid concert ticket. This service starts at 14:00 and the last bus will depart from the Stadium at 01:00.
Access to the rail services and the event shuttles is free on presentation of a valid concert ticket.
Let us know what you think, or if you have anything to add!