The count down has begun for #FillUpFNBstadium
South African hip-hop superstar Cassper Nyovest is on a mission to fill up FNB stadium for a one night concert on the 2nd of December. This event could potentially be the largest hip-hop concert ever held in Africa. The friendly ghost, whose real name is Refiloe Phoolo has already succeeded in filling up some of the biggest venues in the country.
It all started with the #FillUpTheDome campaign which resulted in him packing up the Johannesburg TicketPro Dome to full capacity at almost 20,000 pople. He went on to double that figure with #FillUpOrlandoStadium at nearly 40,000 people. It was the first time that a local rapper achieved this.
Cassper’s latest pursuit however is rather wildly ambitious. FNB stadium is an enormous venue with a staggering 94,736 seats. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and a match between South Africa and New Zealand took place there.
With only a week left till the concert date, one has to wonder if he can actually do it. Cassper, who has dubbed himself Mufasa, believes that he can. The daunting task of filling up the stadium has even been felt by international acts. Lady Gaga’s Johannesburg leg of the Born This Way tour in 2012 only managed 56,900 people. Rihanna’s 2013 concert in the same venue also fell short of what Cassper is aiming for with 67,291. The only competition Cassper has is U2, the legendary Irish rock band who packed the stadium with an impressive 94,232 people.
Even Cassper’s arch nemesis, AKA, has shown interest. “I wanna do FNB with Tsibip, it’s time we put this sh*t to bed,” he tweeted. Cassper subtweeted with a slightly shady, “LOL.” He later tweeted, “just buy a ticket broer.” This ironically has become one of the hash tags in the campaign.
Fellow South African artists and celebrities have showered Cassper with words of encouragement and support. He has also bagged numerous sponsors. If he pulls off filling up FNB stadium, he would have cemented his place as one of the most daring and greatest hip-hop artist to come out of Africa.
Stay tuned to Cassper’s twitter, and buy a ticket if you’re in South Africa!