Monday in the evening we went to check on the things going on at the arena, quite a few people had gathered there already. Someone was there with a list which you could put your name on. You had to be present to be counted at 20.00 en 06.00, you could register up to four people, but one had to spent the night. This list was approved by someone from Live Nation.

November 24, day of the show.

We arrived early in the morning at 5:30, some tents had been set up and it was extremely cold. We put our names on the list and the counting started at 6. Everyone that was there at that point received a wristband. The long wait started. My Spanish is quite ok but when it comes to things like this I want to be certain of the situation. Thankfully Daniel was present, a super friendly fan who translated everything throughout the day. With every update he came by.

As it was still very dark and very cold we took a taxi to town to eat some breakfast. We got back at 7.30. Thankfully by this time the sun came up and the temperature changed for the better. Eventually we ended up bathing in the sun the entire day.

It was a very strange encounter that no one was lining up in a queue, this because the people had a wristband with their name on it. We saw from a distance how the VIP books were put in the bags. The crew was enjoying the sun as well.

A queue had to be formed by 3, advised by Live Nation. Was great to see how well the fans worked together with them. At one point it seemed that the wristband system would fail, but everyone was asked to get in line by number.

At 3 the security started the body check and your ticket was scanned. By number we could enter the terrain to register, get the VIP book and the Early Entry wristband. That wristband was given the same number as your ‘queue’ number. After that everyone had to form the queue again by number. We couldn’t leave the area anymore, not for a bathroom break either. The EE would be opened at 18.00.

To everyone’s surprise the doors opened at 17.30 for the long awaited bathroom break in Palau St. Jordi. Madonna was soundchecking at that moment. A few fans took their chances and saw a bit of the soundcheck happening.

Suddenly a lady from Live Nation came by announcing that Madonna wasn’t pleased with them witnessing the soundcheck and that she wouldn’t perform if more people came to watch.

We were let in at 18.30, we found a good front row spot at the catwalk near the heart stage. I decided to get something to drink for everyone and found out they had Rebel Heart drink cups, a very nice surprise and most definitely a collector’s item.

At 20:00 sharp DJ Lunice started his set, this was the first time he was the support act.

Showtime at 22:15!!

She was like a whirlwind going through the Palau St Jordi, her vocals were great and she was in an excellent mood. Interacted with the crowd a lot. The audience reacted very enthusiastic to it all and the latin section was a highlight for them. Don’t Tell Me was the surprise song of the night. During the 80’s medley Nicki Richards spotted us and happily waved.

It was one giant party!! Afterwards there was a ton of police outside up until the Placa España, this due to the extra security because of the Paris attacks.

Show 2 tonight, which will be quite more relaxed, first heading into town and then on the arena.

Dave Crombeen