On March 27, 2017, Justin Bieber is scheduled to perform at the Praca da Apoteose in Rio de Janeiro, a venue with a capacity of about 40,000. As I type this, that gig is 144 days away.
Not wanting to leave anything to chance, a dozen or Bieber fans have already started waiting in line so they can be first into the show.
— JustinBieberCrew.com (@JBCrewdotcom) November 3, 2016
The Rio squad has been in place since Wednesday, bringing with them tents, blankets, snacks, and even insect repellent (it’s turning into summer in Rio), O Globo reports. They take it in turns to man their makeshift camp while the rest attend school or go to work; about 130 young people will be involved in the effort. According to the campers the area is not particularly safe, with homeless and drug users nearby, so they are careful not to leave the tents alone. And while five months may seem like quite a stretch, they’re not new at this game. During Bieber’s last concert in Rio, in 2013, they said they did the same thing for two months in advance of his arrival.
One Twitter fan account posted a shot of the 8-tent mini-city cropping up outside the São Paulo venue, Citibank Hall, noting that the “extra show” they’re eager for is still not at all official.
Crazy. But not as crazy some kids in Sao Paulo. They’re already lining up for the show scheduled for Allianz Parque for April 1, 2017, which is 150 days off.