Justin Bieber will play stadiums in Australia and New Zealand for the first time when his Purpose World Tour heads south in early 2017.
The Canadian pop singer announced his “bro” Martin Garrix, the young, Dutch EDM star, will join him for the Australasian leg of his global tour next March. Michael Gudinski’s Frontier Touring and AEG Live will produce the newly-confirmed run, which is slated to open March 6 at Perth’s nib Stadium, visit open-air venues in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and wrap-up March 18 at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) October 3, 2016
When Bieber last performed in Australia (in 2013, also for Frontier), his paint job on a Gold Coast hotel drew the ire of the local mayor and made global headlines. He didn’t leave any questionable artworks when he quietly visited Sydney’s Hillsong church conference in mid-2015 or on his return visit later in the year for a promo trip.
Australian Beliebers apparently love their hero now more than ever. “What Do You Mean” (Def Jam/Universal), the lead track from Purpose, gave Bieber his first ever No. 1 single in the market. And it stayed there for more than a month. His most-recent, fourth studio album bowed at No. 1 on the national albums chart, consigning One Direction’s Made in the A.M. (Syco/Sony) to the runner’s up position, and in doing so busting the boyband’s streak of four albums to open at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart.
Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” 2017 tour of Australia and New Zealand
March 6 — nib Stadium, Perth
Mar 10 — Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
March 13 — Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
March 15 — ANZ Stadium, Sydney
March 18 — Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland