Extravagant concert riders have been around for a while, but leave it to Justin Bieber to find a way to take them a step beyond. The full list of demands for the young star’s upcoming show in Mumbai have surfaced – and they’re quite something. Private helicopters, a jacuzzi, custom meals named after his songs, you name it. But the thing is, this wasn’t quite a leak. Bieber’s entourage actually sent out a press release to Indian music journalists, meaning someone insisted this got out.
If you’ve never heard the term before, a concert rider is essentially a list of requests (or demands, depending on diva-level) an artist has for each show. Most of the time they include what drinks the musicians would like back stage, what kind of snacks they enjoy in the green room, any odds and ends they don’t have time to buy, and so on. Sometimes the requests seem a bit outlandish, but they usually make sense. For example, many touring musicians will ask for new underwear and socks for themselves and their crew at each show, rather than take up space in the van that could be used for merchandise or equipment. A bit wasteful, yes, but that’s life on the road.
But Bieber’s rider for the Mumbai date of his tour is in a completely different ballpark. Right off the top, the Canadian pop star insists on 10 luxury sedans and 2 Volvo buses to cart around his 120 person travelling crew. OK, that actually kind of makes sense for a production that large, but here’s what else is listed. The rider reads there must be “a Rolls Royce reserved for the Grammy winner himself,” along with “a private jet and chopper on stand-by to meet the artist’s immediate travel demands in India.” Bieber is also having a gourmet culinary team assigned to him, expected to prepare five dishes per day renamed after his songs. That’s right – your dishes are the Baby Burger or the Love Yourself Lasagna now, because that’s what the Biebs wants.
There’s plenty more in the leaked rider that’ll make you scratch your head. Bieber also insists on having a licensed female masseuse flown from nearby Kerala, and wants three floors of a five-star hotel reserved and converted into a private villa. With Jacuzzis, purple linens, and a 24-hour gym of course. There should also be a glass-door fridge backstage, because opening the door to see what’s inside is too inconvenient. And of course, don’t forget “a special Indian Yoga Casket containing aromatic essential oils; jasmine, mogra, rose and camphor incense sticks; and books on chakras and yoga asanas will be placed in Bieber’s suite knowing his love for Yoga.” Maybe all of Bieber’s requests serve a logical purpose, but having them blasted out to local media seems a bit unnecessary. You can always give it a read and judge for yourself!
JB’s India Rider:
“A convoy of 10 luxury sedans and 2 Volvo buses will be at the disposal of the artist and his entourage of 120 people throughout their stay with a Rolls Royce reserved for the Grammy winner himself. There will be special security cars comprising of Z+ level security and Maharashtra Police personnel apart from the artists’ global security.
10 containers will be flown in with items like a ping pong table, playstation, IO HAWK, sofa set, washing machine, refrigerator, upholstery, wardrobe cupboard, massage table that will be used backstage. Arrangements for a Jacuzzi have also been made for Bieber’s personal use to unwind before he takes to the stage.
Two 5 star hotels have been reserved for security reasons. Top culinary experts will supervise the gourmet being served to Bieber over teh 4 days with 5 dishes per day being renamed after his popular songs. The hotels will re-design his suite and incorporate Mogul paintings, antique furniture and signature Kashmiri bedroom linen. His room will be adorned with purple carnations, purple being his favourite colour! The hotel will convert itself into Bieber’s private villa, with three floors of the hotel being booked for the artist and his entourage and one elevator blocked on all 4 full days for Bieber alone. A special Indian Yoga Casket containing aromatic essential oils; jasmine, mogra, rose and camphor incense sticks; and books on chakras and yoga asanas will be placed in Bieber’s suite knowing his love for Yoga. That’s not all a licensed female masseuse specially flown in from Kerala will be provided to Bieber on all 4 days. 100 hangers, cans of wildberries and vanilla room freshners, dove body wash, hydrating lip balms – these are some of the special requests being catered to in his 1000 sq ft suite. Rooms with the best view in the quietest part of the hotel with only king size beds is a pre requisite with a 24 hours fitness centre with a steam room.
Bieber’s team will be submitted a list of spray tan salon, sushi restaurant, steakhouse, Italian restaurant, shopping mall, bowling alley, movie theatre, skate park, casinos, nighclubs, basketball courts and recording studios as a bonus.
The promoters have also kept a private jet and chopper on stand-by to meet the artist’s immediate travel demands in India. A first in the history Bieber will be flying into the stadium on a chopper and not taking the road as most international artists do in India.
There will be a total of 13 rooms backstage including Justin Bieber’s Room, JB Family Room, Dancer Rooms, Production Room, Tour Management Room, Road Management Room, Tour Accountant Office, Security Office, Jam Room.
Silverware cutlery to fresh flowers (no lilies) to scented candles with a strong focus on health foods like coconut water, almond milk, strawberry and vanilla protein powder, raw organic honey, decaffeinated herbal teas to fresh fruit and vegetable platter.
Bieber has requested that his dressing room be entirely draped in white curtains, to a large glass-door refrigerator, clothing shelves, eight power outlets, and 12 white handkerchiefs. To quench his thirst he demands 24 still water bottles, 24 alkaline water bottles, 4 energy drinks, 6 vitamin water bottles, 6 cream sodas as well as a cooler packed with assorteden juices fizzy drinks. The rider also lists 4 natural juices, 4 vanilla protein drinks and half a gallon of almond milk.
The Canadian star has also requested vegetables seasoned with ranch sauce, diced fruit, organic bananas and seedless grapes. Snacks must also include a deli platter of organic turkey, lettuce, colby and provolone cheese, black olives, as well as green and banana peppers. Lastly, backstage demands include white sliced bread, potato chips, mint and watermelon gum, white cheddar popcorn, Ghiradelli dark chocolate with sea salt and almonds, menthol and watermelon gum, vinegar chips, organic dried fruit, peanuts and all berries cereal. The “Sorry” singer also has a list of delicious treats he enjoys, like a large pack of Swedish Fish, boxes of Ritz Bitz peanut butter and cheese sandwiches and multiple packs of Haribo Cola Gummies.”