All of India is bursting with excitement over Justin Bieber’s debut concert in Mumbai around the corner, with support from "Faded" superstar Alan Walker. The Biebs is making a stop at the DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai as a part of his Purpose tour on May 10th. And while this has a majority of people all hyped up, we’re sure his recent demands that were brought to light by the Times of India recently, is giving organizers anxiety attacks coupled with frantic shuffles to get things in place before the Canadian pop sensation arrives in the country.
While pop stars and artists have been known in the past to have sets of exuberant requirements while touring, this one kind of takes the cake we feel. Having a chartered a plane AND a Helicopter on standby, as well a jacuzzi backstage is also on the list of Bieber’s diva-like demands for this debut performance in India. This is a drastic change from a leaked image of his rider from 2010 for sure. He really seems to have taken MTV's advice on how to up his ante on this one now though, even if it’s 7 years down the line. Apt time to work on the Bengal Tiger request from there though eh? Considering it’s a show in India and all.
Bieber is due to arrive in India on May 7th and has plans of making the most of savoring some Indian cuisine, which he’s expressed fondness for in the past and take in the sights of the country including a visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra during his time in India. With a demand for 10 luxury sedans and 2 Volvo buses to carry his 120 person entourage, as well as a Rolls Royce for the Bieber himself, the organizers will also have a chartered plane and a helicopter at Beiber’s disposal during his 5 day visit to the country.
Apart from Bieber's own security team of 8, an additional cover of Z+ security (which the highest level of security classification in India!) and Maharashtra Police personnel have been arranged for him.
A source revealed to Times of India that, "Ten containers, comprising a ping-pong table, playstation, IO HAWK (hoverboards), sofa set, washing machine, refrigerator, upholstery, cupboard and a massage table that will be used backstage, will be flown down." Cause you know, a washing machine from India definitely wouldn't be able to wash all those white tee’s well enough for all of 5 days! This was all later reaffirmed in a image of the rider and a press release uploaded on Twitter by music journalist Arjun S Ravi.
Two five-star hotels have been reserved for security reasons. But when it comes to his accommodation specs, there will be three floors of a 5 star property and a personal elevator mind you taken over by and Bieber and his entourage for all 4 days. Basically converting the hotel into Bieber’s “private villa” for the duration of his stay. The hotel will apparently also be re-designing his suite to incorporate Mughal paintings, antique furniture and signature Kashmiri linen as per his demands and decorating it with purple carnations since purple is his favorite color.! And it doesn’t end there, “A special Indian yoga basket containing aromatic essential oils, jasmine, mogra, rose and camphor incense sticks, and books on yoga will be placed in Bieber's suite, given his love for it. An expert masseuse will be specially flown in from Kerala for the star.”
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Top culinary experts will supervise the food being served to Bieber, with apparently 5 dishes per day which are to be renamed after his popular songs. Ummm, ‘Idli’ too late to say Sorry and What ‘Dosa’ you mean? We’d sure like in on what they come up with for these!
Moving on to this pop royalty’s backstage demands, the list is pretty much just as long and elaborate. There will be a total of 13 rooms backstage including Justin Bieber’s green room, as well as rooms for family members, dancers, a jam room and more. From the specifics of the cutlery to what fresh flowers (like NO lilies) will adorn the rooms, he is sure leaving NOTHING to chance.
Bieber has requested that his dressing room be entirely draped with white curtains and have 12 white handkerchiefs (Really!?) in it with a long list of other ‘requests’. Coming to his ‘glass door refrigerator’ arriving in one of the shipments as part of the 10 containers, it will be stocked with the likes of coconut water, almond milk, strawberry and vanilla protein powder, raw organic honey, decaffeinated herbal teas to fresh fruit and vegetable platter and an endless list with the focus being on healthy foods. The “Sorry” singer (absolutely no pun intended) also has a list of snack treats that 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, all of which will be stocked backstage for him too.
“What’s more? In every dressing room, there is a requirement for 2 packages of plain white crew-neck t shirts, in sizes XS and L, 2 packages of white tank tops, sizes L and XL, 3 packages of white lo-rise socks, size XS and L. You’ll also need a boom box with an iPhone battery in order to keep the Biebs happy backstage" reads the press release shown in the tweet. We leave how you interpret these absurd demand for the multiple sizes requested to you!
We sure as hell find this exhaustive list of demands extravagant and rather un‘belieb’able if you ask us!
H/T: Times of India