Madonna Rocks Sofia
Madonna rocked the Bulgarian capital Saturday night from 10 pm until 12 am in her first ever concert in the country.
Some 60,000 fans filled the Vasil Levski Stadium in downtown Sofia in what is the largest musical event of its kind to ever take place on Bulgarian soil.
The concert started shortly after 8 pm and the crowd was warmed up with various disco beats and mixes for about an hour.
Instead at 9 pm as advertised earlier, Madonna appeared on stage at about 9:55 pm. In the one hour before that the eager fans entertained themselves with more than 150 audience (Mexican) waves.
In addition to her to top hits, Madonna’s concert also included messages for religious tolerance and civic activism – something to which the Sofia audience responded with great cheers and enthusiasm.
A total of 450 security personnel – the largest such number ever employed in Bulgaria for a single event – were in charge of keeping Madonna’s concert in Sofia in order; police were largely not visible until the very end of the show when they helped regulated the exits and the routes to the closest public transport and subway stations. No accidents have been reported during the concert.
It is still unclear whether Madonna will spend the night in Bulgaria, or would fly away after the concert.