In what has been the worst-kept secret of the week, Big Concerts announced on Monday that Lady Gaga is coming to South Africa later this year.
The rumours had been swirling around social media for a while now, reaching fever pitch over the past few days after the concert promoter said they would be making a big announcement on 18 June.
On Sunday, a Twitter account of Lady Gaga news called @gagatodaycom tweeted: “Lady Gaga will be bringing her BTW Ball to Africa in Cape Town on the 3d of Dec & Johannesburg on 30th Nov 2012. #SouthAfricaGoesGaga”. The tweet has been retweeted 154 times.
Big Concerts confirmed the news on Monday morning, saying the Born This Way singer would perform in Johannesburg (30 November at Soccer City) and Cape Town (3 December at Cape Town Stadium).
Tickets go on sale at 9am tomorrow on Computicket’s website. Computicket outlets will start selling tickets from Thursday June 21.
Seated tickets start at R315 and all standing tickets R715. Exclusive Tour packages including Early Entry ‘Government Hooker’ and Hot Tickets ‘Highway Unicorn’ will also be available for sale from www.computicket.com.
Big Concerts had written on its Facebook page on Friday: “Big Announcement – and we mean REALLY BIG. Unveiled Monday 18 June.” 333 users commented on the post, with many guessing that Gaga would be the artist coming to the country.
Radio station 5FM were also in on the secret, building up the hype with clues on their website by giving us Gaga in numbers: “5 Grammy awards, 13 MTV awards, 23 million records sold, 64 million singles sold, 5 top 40 number 1 hits on 5FM.”
If one types in the clues in a Google search (all except the last), the top result is for Lady Gaga.
Speculation was rife that Lady Gaga would only make her way in 2014, after a leaked document of unconfirmed dates popped up on the internet.
The document included dates going as far as the middle of 2014- with two shows at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town and one at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg- all in February.
But that has proven untrue, as Mother Monster will be seeing her little South African Monsters earlier than anticipated.
Local performer Lindiwe Suttle has already rallied her own passionate fans to vote for her as the opener for Gaga. Suttle is a self-confessed Little Monster, and has been known to adopt similar daring outfits and dancing for her own live performances.
Lady Gaga has also announced that her record label has heard her new album, and told her millions of Twitter fans that she would be releasing the name of the album in September.
Before reaching South Africa, Gaga will go past Australia, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, France, Spain, Sweden, Germany and the UK.
Gaga will be joined by DJ and early collaborator Lady Starlight and British rockers The Darkness.