Justin Bieber, one of the biggest global superstars, is coming to South Africa in May 2017 for his Purpose World Tour. Bieber fans, or rather “Beliebers”, will no doubt be filling up Cape Town Stadium and Joburg’s FNB Stadium with expectations of an exciting and memorable event. What could possibly go wrong?
Apart from the more sophisticated endeavours such as a gang chiselling their way through a wall to steal millions from the stadium at the last Bieber concert1, “pickpockets” and “smash-and-grabbers” will no doubt be having a field day. You could lose your valuables or end up spending way too much money.
Online insurance and financial services comparison website, Hippo.co.za, shares some tips that could help you make the most of your concert experience:
- Familiarise yourself with the venue and take special note of all exits, bathrooms, food and beverage stalls, police/security, and medical rooms or tents.
- If you are unable to get an event map beforehand, go to the venue earlier to scope the area before the concert begins.
- Stock up on bottled water before you enter the main concert area to ensure you stay hydrated during the concert.
- Plan ahead by creating a personal events budget and do not go over your planned amount.
- Have supper before you leave for the concert to avoid overspending on food. If allowed, take small snacks such as biltong, chips or sweets along to avoid spending too much money at the event.
- Instead of shopping for an entirely new outfit, be creative with older clothing by creating a new unique look for the event.
- Instead of taking your car, pitch in with your friends to share a taxi or Uber. This way you can avoid the smash-and-grabbers altogether!
- Ensure that you leave your valuables at home. Don’t keep items such as cellphones and wallets in your pockets rather place them in a small pull string bag or backpack and carry it in front of your chest and not on your back.
- Take a power bank or portable charger to ensure your cellphone stays charged and that you can contact someone in case of an emergency.
- Always let your friends know where you are going and try to go two at a time.
- Ensure that you are covered by your insurance for your personal possessions such as cellphones, wallets, bags, and/or expensive watches. It’s always best to check online from a range of options to get the best deal for your needs. Visit sites such as Hippo.co.za to compare online from a range of South African providers.