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Pop singer Billie Eilish performs to an audience of 30,000 at the National Stadium

American pop singer Billie Eilish acted before nearly 30,000 fans at the National Stadium on Sunday (Aug 21), in the first concert held at the venue since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in 2020.

Concert attendees, numerous in their youngsters, were expected to show confirmation they were vaccinated before they were permitted to enter.

They likewise needed to keep their covers on all through the show.

The National Stadium is one of the biggest venues for concerts in Singapore.

Fans Imron Razali and Siti Nur Syaqirah, both 17, were preferred choice at one of the venue’s entrances. The classmates showed up nine hours before Eilish took to the stage at 8.18pm.

Mr Imron said: “This is our first big concert and we wanted to make sure that we would get a good view of the stage.”

Different fans who turned up early included 16-year-old Divyana Yugarajan, who travelled with her companions from Johor Bahru and went through the night at a companion’s grandma’s home in Singapore before the show.

Divyana, who arrived at the venue at 11am, said: “I have been listening to Billie Eilish since I was 11 so I couldn’t miss this concert.”

Taiwanese singer Jay Chou was the last pop star to stage a concert at the National Stadium, performing for two nights in January 2020, preceding the pandemic shut down live events.

While the venue has since hosted sports events, for example, the AFF Suzuki Cup in December 2021 and a friendly match between Premier League clubs Liverpool and Crystal Palace in July, Eilish’s show denotes the return of large-scale music events at the venue.

At 20, Eilish is the youngest artiste to feature a concert at the National Stadium.

She last acted in Singapore at the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival at Gardens by the Bay in 2018.

Other enormous names from the music scene are scheduled to perform at the National Stadium throughout the next few months.

They incorporate Singapore singer JJ Lin, American rock band Guns N’ Roses and Canadian singer Justin Bieber.

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