Justin Bieber brought his spectacular “Purpose World Tour” to V Festival, ending his co-headlining run this past weekend. Although some fans moaned about the Biebs’ show on day one, plenty of fans loved it.
On the second night, Bieber led an impressive crowd of nearly 90,000 in a sing-along of his DJ Snake collab “Let Me Love You” and his Ed Sheeran co-written song “Love Yourself.”
The heartthrob got emotional at one point during his first show in Chelmsford and shared a meaningful speech about valuing life.
Different reviews of the Canadian’s concert abound. Some media reports and social media users complained that Bieber was miming at times. However, the NME reports the superstar’s rep has since said there was “no miming” during his spot.
Some favorable reviews raved that Bieber’s hit-packed Chelmsford concert thrilled many of the festival-goers in attendance.
Justin Bieber proves to V Festival that even on a hangover he’s one of the best pop stars around https://t.co/f1WCf4ttO9
— Digital Spy Music (@digitalspymusic) August 20, 2016
— Purpose Tour Updates (@PurposeTourInfo) August 20, 2016
This is despite the 22-year admitting to being a “little hungover,” as he told the crowd the first night. The Grammy winner was papped at London’s Tape nightclub the night before, where he partied with co-headliner Rihanna, his tour support singer Moxie Raia, and the model Bronte Blampied, who is reportedly a mutual friend of Bieber and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Sofia Richie (daughter of Lionel).
After the first show, the Biebs tweeted a stunning photo of himself and the audience, writing, “Thank you v fest. Night one was real.”
Thank you v fest. Night one was real. pic.twitter.com/DwhbWWqBC7
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) August 21, 2016
While some fans kvetched on social media after Bieber’s day one show, many Bieber fans who attended shared messages of appreciation.
Twitter user @_Bieber1994 wrote “Justin performed in a way I’ve never seen him before. That was INCREDIBLE, literally no other words! @justinbieber you were insane.”
Justin performed in a way I’ve never seen him before. That was INCREDIBLE, literally no other words! @justinbieber you were insane
— megan (@__bieber1994) August 20, 2016
Another fan, known as @EmzBieber gushed “@UK_BieberNews @JRabonOfficial @vfestival it was amazing oml iv never cried so much in my life of happiness.”
— Tiffany (@leightiffany86) August 22, 2016
At the start of the concert, the Biebs appeared onstage to a huge roar and slid down the back of the stage, Digital Spy reports. “London, make some noise!” the singer yelled, perhaps an understandable faux pas for a non-English pop star.
The V Festival is spread across two locations — Hylands Park in Chelmsford, where Bieber played on Saturday — and Weston Park in Staffordshire, which he again performed as the headliner on Sunday.
Justin treated the V Festival to a 20-song set, kicking off with the first interlude on his acclaimed Purpose album, “Mark My Words.” From there, he tore into the barnstorming “Where Are U Now.”
— Katy Forrester (@mirrorkaty) August 20, 2016
The heartfelt “I’ll Show You” came next.
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) August 21, 2016
— Joshua Fox (@joshua_fox) August 20, 2016
“Let Me Love You.”
— J (@AhoyBieber) August 20, 2016
— J (@AhoyBieber) August 20, 2016
Naturally, old favorites like “Boyfriend,” “Baby,” and “As Long As You Love Me” were in the mix too.
Justin had a crowd of 100k adults jumping and singing along to Baby. a legend. pic.twitter.com/MCm49zUXaO
— ️️️ (@onlybieberveli) August 21, 2016
Fans who were at the show tweeted that the singer became emotional and cried during his intro speech to “Life is Worth Living,” which is a cut on Purpose about being overcoming serious difficulties through God.
“We don’t value life as much as we should,” Justin told the crowd. “I went through a period where I didn’t value life as much as I do now, but life is a gift. We’re together for a reason. I don’t think God makes mistakes.”
Possibly alluding to the recent spate of worldwide terrorism events he added, “Some really bad things happen in the world but love wins.”
At another point during the first show, Justin thanked the audience for “showing up” and said he was “having the best time.” Before he left the stage, he said, “Thank you so much for an amazing night.”
— MTV UK (@MTVUK) August 21, 2016
Check out V Festival footage of the Biebs and, oh, just a few thousand singing “Love Yourself” and “Let Me Love You” and “Cold Water” on the final night.
We’re throwing in this bonus video, and again, it’s all 100% live.
[Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images]