Despite some controversy surrounding Justin Timberlake‘s alleged post-concert activities in Sydney last week, the reigning prince of pop had no trouble getting out and about in Perth. Ahead of two shows in the Western Australian capital, JT was spotted leaving a nightclub in the early hours of this morning.
As The Daily Telegraph reports, the singer and actor, who will perform his first concerts in Perth since 2007 at the Perth Arena on Wednesday and Thursday as part of his The 20/20 Experience World Tour, was seen leaving popular Perth nightspot Devilles Pad accompanied by a small entourage.
Timberlake was in the headlines last week after Kunal Singh, owner of Sydney’s Miind nightclub, claimed that the star cancelled an appearance at a post-concert after-party taking place at the venue because his entourage was not let into the venue due to the Sydney CBD’s controversial lockout laws.
Singh believes the incident demonstrates the detrimental impact of the lockout laws on Sydney venues. “We rely on big performers that draw in crowds and this sort of thing travels very quickly in the industry,” he said. “Unless [the artists] understand the laws, how they perceive it is that the clubs are crap.”
Singh’s sentiments echo those of many Sydney publicans, who immediately rallied on social media after the laws were proposed in January. Among them was popular Oxford St venue Q Bar, who took to their Facebook page to admonish the laws for punishing venues instead of the “thugs” causing violence.
Though he was free to party in Perth, somebody should have informed Timberlake and his multiple entourages of the “renaissance” that the underground warehouse party scene is currently experiencing. As Music Feeds reported, unsanctioned parties have spiked since the lockout laws were introduced.
Photos: Justin Timberlake – Sydney, Allphones Arena 02/10/14
Photos by Ashley Mar