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GEAR up for a musical experience unlike any other: entertainer extraordinaire Lady Gaga is coming to town. The American pop singer will perform at FNB Stadium on 30 November as part of her Born This Way Ball tour. She will also perform at Cape Town Stadium on 3 November.

Big Concerts, in conjunction with Live Nation, 5fm and MNET, are the people behind the concerts. Little Monsters, as Lady Gaga refers to her fans, are in for an unforgettable experience, if her other performances are anything to go by. She is known for her over-the-top concerts, which incorporate plenty of visual elements and audio effects.

What she will do next is always a surprise and you can be sure it will either be fantastic or shocking, but it will always be bold.

She’s clocked up several hits, but she is as famous for her outlandish outfits and the statements that she makes with her clothing. Audiences are never disappointed by what she puts on her body. It does not matter how much – or how little, as the case may be – fabric she drapes herself in, there will always be something to talk about. Whether it is a meat dress, a cat suit or a wire mask, innovation and creativity are always the front runner.

There has been a bit of controversy surrounding the Born This Way Ball, though, particularly in Asia. But Lady Gaga is no stranger to this. Her tweets from Bangkok, Thailand landed her in hot water as many were offended by her “racist and stereotypical” comments.

Support acts at the Born This Way Ball are Lady Starlight and The Darkness. Tickets can be bought from Computicket online and at Shoprite’s Money Market. The system of booking and buying tickets has been tightened to protect internet users and to ensure efficiency.

A maximum of eight tickets can be bought by an individual through the Computicket website. Internet bookers are advised to be patient once they are in the virtual queue. Once you get to the front of the queue, you have just 10 minutes to buy your tickets. This is to avoid booking tickets that will not be paid for, and to minimise congestion.

Ticket prices are R315 for the back of the stadium, R515, R615 and R715 for the golden circle, which is closest to the stage.

When the South African concerts were announced, there was a huge online surge for tickets, causing the system to crash on Tuesday, 19 June. At the time, Lady Gaga tweeted: “Just woke up to emails saying the South African monsters crashed the online ticket servers due to high demand for TheBTWBall! I can’t believe it!”

However, tickets are still available and can be bought over the counter at Computicket outlets.

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