x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Thousands pack du Arena for Madonna II

Braving the heat and humidity, thousands of fans flocked to the du Arena last night for the second of superstar Madonna's gigs on Yas Island.

ABU DHABI // Braving the heat and humidity, thousands of fans flocked to the du Arena last night for the second of superstar Madonna's gigs on Yas Island.

The singer, performing the third show of her 86-date world tour, played to a full crowd, including some who flew in from overseas.

More than 22,000 people attended Sunday's concert, for which the star appeared on stage at 10.40pm.

Last night's set also began late in the evening, with Madonna taking to the stage at 10.45.

But this did not unduly upset the singer's fans, many of whom had been waiting from 7pm when the doors opened. Indeed one group of friends made a competition of it, making playful bets about when Madonna would make her entrance.

One woman, Briton Andrea Skyring, who dressed for the occasion in fancy costume, was plucked from the 20,000-plus crowd by organisers and taken to the front.

Another fan, Sarah Cotching, 32, from New Zealand, on holiday here, said: "It was worth the wait, she is an icon, a master of these kinds of performances."

Organisers were praised for the way they handled problems, such as issues with the mist being sprayed on the crowd, and a lack of cool water.

zalhassani@thenational.ae