Security high as Oslo braces for Bieber

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Organizers of a brief appearance in Oslo by teenage idol Justin Bieber on Thursday claim they’ve been working closely with police to ensure security. Gjermund Moastuen of Universal Music Norge said police and a local security firm “have a very solid plan.”

Bieber sparked mass hysteria among thousands of teenage girls when he showed up in Oslo three years ago and held a promotional concert outside the Opera House. Some called the pandemonium “frightening” and police were better prepared when he returned a year later.

Now he’ll be in Oslo to appear on a television talk show and perform at what’s billed as an invitation-only “mini-concert” at the University of Oslo’s student union, Chateau Neuf, on Thursday.

Some, including a local Bieber blogger, said they don’t think Bieber’s visit will be as chaotic as in the past. “He has lost fans and the concert isn’t open,” Rano Akbar, who runs the blogg JDBNorway, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). Moastuen wasn’t taking any chances.

“We know there’ll be crowds,” he said. “We just hope folks don’t lose their heads.”

newsinenglish.no staff